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1. Bobby Fisher
my top 1 its Alekhine, that man was a chessmonster
gotta be Tal
even though he admits that not all of his sacrifices were sound, and some of the tactics could have been exploited
he said some sacrifices made him nervous, but he realized that they made his opponets more nervous
You just missed the king of them all..Tigran Petrosian.The Iron Tiger.
Petrosian wasn t surely spectacular player, but his tactics of constraining opponent moves and slowly get small advantages was legendary.
Guess Tal, Alekhine, Fischer and Kasparov are the top 4. Alekhine MUST be in that top 4.
That would be my list :)
I'd like to put David Bronstein into the mix - here's a game of his that I think is especially brilliant, as he accepts a lot of tactical dangers himself yet maintains a strong attack throughout.
25. e3 probably deserves a !! marking not only because it's part of Bronstein's plan and white's king is seemingly exposed to checks, being in the middle of the board - which would in normal circumstances defuse a tactical attack - but also because (according to this borrowed analysis) it is the only winning move in the position:
+4.58 25.e3 h5 26.xh5 xb3+ 27.axb3 d5+ 28.d4 e6+ 29.xd5 gxh5 30.xh5+ g8 31.g4 xg5 32.xg5+ h7 33.e7 b5 34.d7 g6 35.f6+ h7
-0.30 25.f2 d3+ 26.g1 c5+ 27.g2 e1+ 28.xe1 d4 29.h4 xh4 30.xh4 g7 31.d5 d7 32.a4 b5 33.f6+ xf6 34.exf6+ h6 35.xb5
-0.46 25.d1 f1+ 26.d2 d3+ 27.e1 b1+ 28.f2 h5 29.xh5 d3+ 30.e2 e1+ 31.xe1 xe1 32.f6 xf3 33.xf3 g7 34.e3
That is a amazing game!
All great players are in some sense great tacticians and great positional players there's no denying that... You don't get to be world champion being one-sided. Buuut... that said... Petrosian is at the top, or near the top of the anti-tactical players! You have to love what Botvinnik said about Petrosian, "When Petrosian sacrifices a piece: resign."
Karpov is another great postional crusher -- and he's an absolutely amazing tactician when he needs to be, (Kramnik too) -- but tactic-tal fireworks is not his preferred game.
Great positional/defensive players, in no particular order:
Many others I'm sure I've missed.
Yeah... I think a lot of people people misinterpret "tactical" for "aggressive" or at the very least cannot differentiate between the two.Great defenders such as Petrosian, Karpov, and Kramnik had to be exemplary tacticians to perform so well against great attackers. I personally don't believe Tal isn't any better or worse a tactician than Petrosian.
Tal was a wild attacking player in his youth, but for most of his career and during his record-setting undefeated streaks, he was a very solid positional player who didn't take huge risks.
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3.Bobby Fischer for me.
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