The most dominant world champions, preview version

Spektrowski
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From the stats on chessgames.com, I've compiled a table of how World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov fared against the leading players of their eras. The criteria for choosing 'leading players' were simple: all the World Champions, everyone who participated in World Championship match, everyone who made it to the top 5/8 of Candidates' Tournament or Candidates' matches quarterfinals (FIDE knockout included), and everyone who played at St. Petersburg 1914, New York 1927 and AVRO 1938 if not made it to the previous lists.

That's the results. Among the World Champions, I've included all the candidates up to Korchnoi and a couple of 'honourable mentions'.

Emanuel Lasker - 65.84% (+143-47=113) against 24 players

Garry Kasparov - 64.04% (+323-68=517) against 54 players

Jose Raul Capablanca - 60.00% (+77-22=176) against 23 players

Robert Fischer - 59.70% (+97-46=120) against 25 players

Alexander Alekhine - 59.13% (+150-72=205) against 22 players

Anatoly Karpov - 57.62% (+342-151=760) against 63 players

Akiba Rubinstein - 55.46% (+107-74=121) against 20 players

Mikhail Botvinnik - 54.31% (+112-76=230) against 33 players

Paul Keres - 52.97% (+120-88=330) against 38 players

Boris Spassky - 52.92% (+189-135=602) against 51 players

Tigran Petrosian - 52.87% (+143-100=505) against 39 players

Aron Nimzowitsch - 52.29% (+63-53=102) against 19 players

Mikhail Tal - 52.07% (+157-125=490) against 47 players

Viktor Korchnoi - 50.90% (+323-299=706) against 67 players

Carl Schechter - 50.63% (+74-70=175) against 18 players

Samuel Reshevsky - 50.55% (+74-70=218) against 44 players

Vasily Smyslov - 50.41% (+161-154=549) against 57 players

David Bronstein - 49.69% (+92-85=301) against 42 players

Efim Bogoljubov - 46.58% (+109-134=123) against 20 players

Max Euwe - 46.35% (+85-113=186) against 31 players

Siegbert Tarrasch - 45.91% (+87=114-129) against 20 players

Frank Marshall - 45.40% (+108-149=189) against 19 players

Dawid Janowski - 41.67% (+100-153=65) against 20 players

 

Viktor Korchnoi's longevity is exceptional, to say the least. He's even got a win against the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.



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