Top 3 most defensive, cautious and conservative grandmasters?

Kramposian

1. Karpov

2. Petrosian

3. Kramnik

 

Is my ranking right? Or Petrosian at number 1? Any other defensive players?

Chessotic

Petrosian...No doubt...

Kramposian

The reason why I put Karpov over Petrosian is that Karpov's repertoire looks more defensive than Petrosian's repertoire.

 

 

http://chessgames.com/player/anatoli_karpov.html

 

 

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=16149

rookage

1 Petrosian very defensive

2 Karpov defensive sometimes attacking

3 Kramnik

fabelhaft

1. Ulf Andersson

2. Alexander Khalifman

3. Peter Leko

fabelhaft

Some less known draw masters (at least at some occasions): Peter Szekely drew all his 13 games in the Capablanca Memorial Premier I group in 2003. His longest game was 13 moves, the shortest six moves. Istvan Bilek drew all his ten games in Slupsk 1979, playing 125 moves and spending 109 minutes.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=22064

Chessgrandmaster2001

Leko HAS to be included.

Crazychessplaya

1. Ulf Andersson

2. Peter Leko

3. Petar Trifunovic

MSC157
fabelhaft wrote:

Some less known draw masters (at least at some occasions): Peter Szekely drew all his 13 games in the Capablanca Memorial Premier I group in 2003. His longest game was 13 moves, the shortest six moves. Istvan Bilek drew all his ten games in Slupsk 1979, playing 125 moves and spending 109 minutes.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=22064

Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Sutirtha11

Petrosian

Leko

Karpov

nyLsel

1.Fischer

2.Kasparov

3.Petrosian

Chessgrandmaster2001
nyLsel wrote:

1.Fischer

2.Kasparov

3.Petrosian

Fischer?????Impossible!!!

GreenLeaf14

petrosian for sure...

atarw
Chessgrandmaster2001 wrote:
nyLsel wrote:

1.Fischer

2.Kasparov

3.Petrosian

Fischer?????Impossible!!!

Actually, I believe in MGP by Kasparov, he writes/quotes: Something like Fischer played/chose openings that gave him easy equality, but he won since his opponents made mistakes: In other words, he handled sterile openings dynamically.

Some food for thought.

1RedKnight99

How about Anand? He is cautious, often going for a draw.

atarw

These days, but I still remember the days where he played real chess.

Natalia_Pogonina

The three names that come to the mind first are Anatoly Karpov, Peter Leko and Ulf Andersson.

clementdenis

Lasker, Petrossian

blueemu

Ulf Anderssen. From the early 1900s, Schlecter.

blake78613
-kenpo- wrote:

korchnoi fits somewhere in this group, not sure where.

I wouldn't include Korchnoi.  He is a counter-puncher and is slow to take the initiative, but he will make provocative moves and is quick to grab a pawn even if it means submitting to a strong attack.  He doesn't play it safe.  I would put Flor on the list.