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Best Defensive Chess Player

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #41


    Aside from Petrosian,Lasker and Steinitz also comes to mind.

    But Carlsen is getting more impressive with his defense.And he doesnt play not to lose unlike Petrosian.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #42


    pfren wrote:

    Ulf the Wolf.

    Petrosian was NOT a defensive player- he had superb defensive abilities, but his style was both positional and "aggressive".

    Thank you, well said.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #43


    Stats mean very little.  One could have a lower "losing percentage" by taking fewer risks, being highly proficient in endgames, or by playing a weaker average opponent.

    The real test would be the win-draw-loss percentage in games against players within 200 points of their rating AFTER being down a pawn (or the positional equivalent of -1.00 by Houdini or another strong engine).  That would illustrate defensive results. 


    My own list would include the most fearsome counterattackers, Lasker, Rubinstein, Alekhine, Keres, Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Ivanchuk, and Anand.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #44


    The best defense is a good offense. Many grandmasters have more draws than wins or losses. How do you measure defense in chess?

    It can't be strictly by win loss %. If I played against players rated under 1000 my win loss % would be better than Kasparov or Carlsen. Here is an example of an excelent defensive draw.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #45


    "Best defence is attack." <-- Who said that..?

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #46


    Better solution for black are:
    15.Ba6+ Ka4
    16.Nxc6 and so on, like simulator below:

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #47


    kiwi wrote:

    "Best defence is attack."

    The best defence is a good offense?  Perhaps Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, or Carl Von Clausewitz.

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