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because last week's thread is outdated.
It all comes down to how one defines "best." There's good cases to be made for a whole host of players. If you value longevity at the top, there's Lasker, Korchnoi, Keres, Bronstein, Kasparov and Karpov to talk about. If you value winning percentages there's Fischer, Morphy, Capablanca and Alekhine. If you value tournament play there's Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Carlsen and Steinitz to name a few. If you value match play there's Steinitz again. If you value entertaining chess then Marshall, Rubenstein, and Tal might be your guys. If you value lasting contributions to theory then guys like Keres, Marshall, Kasparov, Nadjorf, Reti, Nimzovitch and others come to mind. If you value not losing over winning then Capablanca, Petrosian, Smyslov, Kramnik, . . . you get the idea.What it all comes down to is that without specifically defined criteria and a methodology to compare players across eras the question basically just comes down to "what chess player do you subjectively like the best for their chess play on whatever unstated criteria you choose?"
Last week's thread is so mid-January...
As far as my personal taste: my vote goes2Fischer
Damiano. He created the first defence that is a dead loss. That takes real talent. Many people on these forums claim to be the first. But Damiano beat them to it.
Don't know many to be honest, but I vote for Fischer
lol .. interesting choice .. Pedro did author an old book (Questo libro e da imparare giocare a scachi et de li partiti) that documents alot of history4chess, 1 of the oldest2mention certain things i think. however, the Damiano Defence is called so deceptively, NOT cuz it wuz his, but cuz he CRITICIZED that f6 wuz a poor choice after e4 .. e5 .. Nf3.
The Baltimore Ravens, have you seen that defense. Looking for their 2nd championship.
Fischer is my vote. Just because so many people have something negative to say about him and to tick them off.
are we voting for the best over all time controls or just the one that handled the clock best ?
Whoa there. Dem Ravens are good. But da bomb was the
ORANGE CRUSH DEFENSE
He didn't create it and actually thought of it as a weak move.
Capablanca. At his peak, he could get away with bad openings, walked into the opponent's prepared lines, and left the battlefield unscathed with seemingly effortless wins. His opponents were not patzers either. Nimzo, Alekhine, Lasker, Tarrasch were all world-class grandmasters.
Plus he (Capablanca) has a cool name. Bit like the greatest bridge player of all time, Georgio Belladonna.
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