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Are you talking both players in their prime or in present day? In thier prime I'd guess Kasparov. But that's just a guess. Today the younger player Carlsen would most likely triumph. It's a shame we can't travel through time, collecting all the greats and assembling them into one huge tournament. Then all the conjecture over who was best could be proven. Get them all right at the height of their ability....
Carlsen has a long way to go.
If you say so. But as far as the future of chess is concerned, the opinion of fans counts for far more than that of super GMs.
Your point is taken, BUT Carlsen is the hottest thing to hit chess since Fischer already. He's a fashion model in his spare time, and draws crowds to the events he attends.
It seems that bringing people into chess isn't so much about the actual games, new people aren't able to understand such things. But they understand winning, and young attractive stars upsetting the established order in a sport.
Ratings are so inflated these days that the "highest rating ever" thing should really have an asterisk attached. That he's won tournaments is not in dispute; I was making the simple point that he's boring as batshit, if not more so.
That depends on what you compare with. During their reigns as World Champions both Anand and Kramnik were seen as boring, and they didn't exactly win tournaments the way Carlsen is doing either. Topalov has been "exciting" but on the other hand a bit more unsound in his play.
In general I think the talk about Carlsen playing boring chess is exaggerated. Just looking at wins from 2013 there are games like:
I respectfully disagree. I don't know if chess can ever be popularized in the West, but in my opinion the only chance is if people can be made to see the beauty and excitement of the game itself. Carlsen in a photoshoot might appeal to a few teenage girls for 15 minutes, but even they will lose whatever interest they may have had once they realize how mind-numbingly tedious his craft is.
And he doesn't bring much in the way of upsetting the established order either. At least Anand plays the odd attacking game once in a blue moon. Carlsen is just excruciatingly dull.
Carlsen takes over the game - exactly when the other player is ready to
relax and accept the draw. His tactical ability especially near the ending is sometimes scary at times.
His openings put him at a slight disadvantage in many instances that he fights
out of because he finds the opponent loses his way due to unfamiliarity.
In the candidates match he showed some real weaknesses on king saftey
- I'm sure something Anand is looking at - especially given Anand's ability to play on multiple fronts.
Carlsen's biggest strength IMHO is he does not take chess to be more or less than
the game it is - he does not have romantic theories about it or require it to entertain him in some way.
They gave us a marvelous party theme (although not so good in colder climes).
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