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The Most Dominant Players in History, post-Sinquefield

Spektrowski
Aug 12, 2017, 2:37 AM 0

Refer to the previous version for rules of admission to this table. However, I decided to throw in some wild cards this time - Ian Nepomniachtchi, who's had an excellent run recently, and three Chinese players - Ding Liren, Wei Yi and the current highest-rated female player, Hou Yifan.

Player Notes Points% W L D # of games # of opponents
Emanuel Lasker WC 66.34% 146 47 110 303 24
Garry Kasparov WC 64.09% 325 68 519 912 55
Jose Raul Capablanca WC 61.45% 85 22 168 275 23
Bobby Fischer WC 59.70% 97 46 120 263 25
Alexander Alekhine WC 59.13% 150 72 205 427 22
Magnus Carlsen WC 57.98% 159 68 343 570 40
Anatoly Karpov WC 57.55% 341 151 766 1258 67
Viswanathan Anand WC 56.21% 300 153 730 1183 60
Vladimir Kramnik WC 55.68% 238 124 641 1003 52
Akiba Rubinstein 55.46% 107 74 121 302 20
Ding Liren 54.48% 29 17 88 134 26
Wesley So 54.46% 41 23 138 202 29
Mikhail Botvinnik WC 54.31% 112 76 230 418 33
Vasily Ivanchuk 54.09% 281 186 693 1160 60
Levon Aronian WCT 53.62% 156 106 428 690 44
Paul Keres WCT 52.97% 120 88 330 538 38
Boris Spassky WC 52.92% 189 135 602 926 51
Tigran Petrosian WC 52.87% 143 100 505 748 39
Lev Polugaevsky 52.78% 132 98 381 611 52
Fabiano Caruana 52.55% 105 81 284 470 37
Aron Nimzowitsch 52.29% 63 53 102 218 19
Harry Pillsbury 52.17% 51 45 42 138 10
Mikhail Tal WC 52.07% 157 125 490 772 47
Veselin Topalov WCC 51.77% 229 198 447 874 53
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 51.64% 66 55 214 335 39
Hikaru Nakamura 51.60% 112 96 291 499 39
Wei Yi 51.59% 13 11 39 63 20
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 51.52% 76 64 256 396 37
Alexei Shirov 51.43% 238 212 462 912 60
Valery Salov 51.18% 87 79 174 340 46
Peter Svidler WCT 51.06% 156 139 505 800 55
Viktor Korchnoi WCC 50.97% 330 304 712 1346 69
Sergei Karjakin WCC 50.88% 91 82 336 509 36
Efim Geller 50.64% 135 127 367 629 50
Karl Schlechter WCC 50.63% 74 70 175 319 18
Samuel Reshevsky WCT 50.55% 74 70 218 362 44
Vasily Smyslov WC 50.41% 161 154 549 864 57
Boris Gelfand WCC 50.28% 196 190 672 1058 57
Sergei Movsesian 50.25% 38 37 122 197 44
Alexander Grischuk WCT 49.90% 80 81 316 477 44
Geza Maroczy 49.83% 66 67 161 294 23
Evgeny Bareev 49.78% 125 127 211 463 53
David Bronstein WCC 49.69% 92 95 301 488 42
Peter Leko WCC 49.67% 113 118 524 755 49
Alexander Khalifman FKC 49.60% 64 67 246 377 56
Wilhelm Steinitz WC 49.53% 81 83 48 212 9
Ruslan Ponomariov FKC 49.50% 74 78 251 403 48
Alexander Beliavsky 49.12% 180 193 369 742 69
Anish Giri 49.12% 53 60 285 398 34
Michael Adams 48.99% 178 196 515 889 61
Reuben Fine 48.97% 18 20 59 97 18
Teimour Radjabov 48.81% 62 73 329 464 46
Lajos Portisch 48.64% 178 204 575 957 56
Alexander Morozevich WCT 48.41% 112 126 203 441 49
Andrei Sokolov 48.33% 45 54 171 270 48
Zoltan Ribli 48.26% 48 61 264 373 52
Ian Nepomniachtchi 48.21% 36 43 117 196 31
Richard Reti 48.19% 60 67 66 193 14
Boris Gulko 48.03% 71 84 175 330 57
Dmitry Andreikin 48.01% 23 29 99 151 30
Milan Vidmar 47.93% 42 50 101 193 27
Leinier Dominguez 47.86% 37 48 172 257 38
Nigel Short 47.76% 182 217 381 780 67
Bent Larsen 47.75% 168 195 236 599 51
Judit Polgar 47.70% 124 148 250 522 58
Savielly Tartakower 47.65% 94 113 197 404 29
Gata Kamsky 47.60% 119 145 277 541 58
Isaac Boleslavsky 47.39% 33 44 134 211 22
Jan Timman 47.34% 248 313 660 1221 68
Rafael Vaganian 47.32% 103 131 289 523 66
Salomon Flohr 46.99% 35 50 164 249 29
Robert Huebner 46.98% 98 135 380 613 60
Artur Yusupov 46.90% 113 153 379 645 60
Alexei Dreev 46.74% 61 85 222 368 55
Efim Bogoljubov WCC 46.58% 109 134 123 366 20
Max Euwe WC 46.35% 85 113 186 384 31
Mikhail Chigorin WCC 46.25% 95 116 69 280 15
Rustam Kasimdzhanov FKC 45.99% 45 67 162 274 46
Andras Adorjan 45.95% 31 51 165 247 41
Siegbert Tarrasch WCC 45.91% 87 114 129 330 20
Vlastimil Hort 45.86% 71 118 379 568 50
Henrique Mecking 45.80% 22 34 87 143 38
Frank Marshall WCC 45.40% 108 149 189 446 19
Sergei Tiviakov 45.32% 41 66 160 267 49
Vladimir Akopian 45.31% 50 80 190 320 53
Jonathan Speelman 45.01% 49 83 209 341 58
Joel Lautier 44.93% 77 120 227 424 54
Svetozar Gligoric 44.81% 100 175 447 722 49
Oleg Romanishin 44.74% 76 113 163 352 58
Miguel Najdorf 44.69% 56 92 191 339 36
Laszlo Szabo 44.68% 65 105 206 376 37
Kevin Spraggett 44.40% 19 32 65 116 34
Mark Taimanov 44.20% 70 120 241 431 47
Rudolf Spielmann 44.09% 85 128 151 364 21
Borislav Ivkov 43.84% 59 120 316 495 46
Wolfgang Uhlmann 42.45% 46 94 178 318 47
Joseph Blackburne 41.71% 49 79 53 181 16
Dawid Janowski WCC 41.67% 100 153 65 318 20
Robert Byrne 40.83% 19 52 109 180 35
Loek van Wely 40.17% 100 215 270 585 57
Johann Hjartarson 39.77% 33 77 105 215 44
Christopher Lutz 38.44% 19 56 85 160 39
Eugenio Torre 37.88% 31 87 113 231 50
Isidor Gunsberg WCC 37.87% 32 65 39 136 15
Hou Yifan 36.40% 14 51 71 136 33

WC - was/is World Champion

WCC - World Championship Candidate (failed to defeat the champion in a match)

WCT - played in a World Championship tournament (either 1948 or 2007)

FKC - FIDE Knockout Champion

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