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Who is the greatest attacker in chess history?


  • 16 months ago · Quote · #41

    konhidras

    I still think Rustam Kamsky is still the best attacking chess player of all time. I think Nigel Short would agree too. (winks)

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #42

    royalbishop

    Tal!

    His opponents Resigned some in the Middle Game. Not just any opponents "Best of the Beast"!

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #43

    ClavierCavalier

    rigamagician wrote:

    Percentage of their games that ended with this player launching into a mating attack (including games where the opponent resigned before mate was delivered) [edited for clarity]

    1.Paul Morphy 22.27%
    2.Adolf Anderssen 8.66%
    3.William Steinitz 7.67%
    4.Harry Nelson Pillsbury 6.78%
    5.Amos Burn 6.53%
    6.Henry Blackburne 5.90%
    7.Emanuel Lasker 5.60%
    8.Garry Kasparov 4.99%
    9.Rashid Nezhmetdinov 4.97%
    10.Henry Bird 4.86%
    11.Siegbert Tarrasch 4.50%
    12.Bobby Fischer 4.30%
    13.Mikhail Chigorin 4.29%
    14.Alexander Alekhine 4.23%
    15.Jose Raul Capablanca 4.07%

    The games of Frank Marshall, Paul Keres, Alexei Shirov, Mikhail Tal, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Shabalov, Judit Polgar, Rudolf Spielmann, Alvis Vitolinsh, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Spassky, David Bronstein, Efim Geller and Tigran V. Petrosian ended in mate less often.  Tigran V. Petrosian in particular was a very conservative player.

    Disclaimer: I posted this table stimulate discussion.  It is not intended to be an answer to the question "who is the greatest attacker?" [added for clarity]

    Yeah, using a table just for mate attacks doesn't count.  For instance, was playing until checkmate more common in Morphy's time?  Now days, how many more games are won by resigning then by an actually checkmate?  It seems like the masters resign when they realize they're going to lose material, or when the other player will gain some!

    The statistics are interesting, though.  I think Morphy took a lot of his opponents by surprise and that's why his percentage is so high.  He also played a lot of lower "rated" players who probably couldn't see as far as the GM's of the day.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #44

    chess2Knights

    To add a name to the mix, Korchnoi for counterattack.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #45

    royalbishop

    12.Bobby Fischer 4.30%  Undecided

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #46

    Abhishek2

    Tal, Morphy, Bronstein, Alekhine, Capablanca, Botvinnik!

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #47

    DrSpudnik

    The percentage of games that end in a mating attack probably says more about the quality of the opposition than of the attacker.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #48

    nameno1had

    DrSpudnik wrote:

    The percentage of games that end in a mating attack probably says more about the quality of the opposition than of the attacker.

    +1

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #49

    royalbishop

    The operation was a succes but the patient died!

    One would have to view all the top games of each one by one......

    When you finish that evaluation ...... that will never happen even with the help of your grandchildren to continue it.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #50

    linuxblue1

    Che Guevera . A great attacker on and off the board Laughing

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #52

    rigamagician

    DrSpudnik wrote:

    The percentage of games that end in a mating attack probably says more about the quality of the opposition than of the attacker.

    Korchnoi was particularly prone to getting mated, 48 times in my collection.  Nigel Short fell under a mating attack in 35 games.  Karpov was another frequent victim, 25 games.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #53

    royalbishop

    Who initiated more attacks?

    Who put themselves in better position to attack?

    What is their ratio of attacks won material/ attacks won game?

    What is their number of successful counter attacks vs opponent attacks?

    ??

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #54

    IDASP

    Mikhail Tal.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #55

    1random

    Tal, Nezhmetdinov, Fischer, and Shirov.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #56

    laestli

    Too late to toss Leonid Stein's name in the ring?

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #57

    royalbishop

    Tal keeps coming up, one of kings of forcing resign!

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #58

    rigamagician

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #59

    royalbishop

    May read--> Who was the most aggressive chessplayer?

    The other seems kind of weak.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #60

    nameno1had

    pfren wrote:

    Tigran Vartanovich!

    (and yes, I am dead serious).

    His style usually didn't involve him on tactical play. But when it did, the accuracy of his calculations is simply phenomenal.

    I can recall that old Rusiian chess joke, which goes like "when Tal makes a sacrifice against you, then accept and offer a draw. When Petrosian sacrifices, things are simple: resign".

    I tried to tell them.....


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