Top 30 chess players of all time

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2


    Great list! Though I would think that Morphy should feature on there.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4


    That's a reasonable argument on the Morphy front, though I still would choose him because of how influential his games, style and history have been on the world of chess ;) 

    Another player possibly to consider would be Pirc. Also although I think he might technically still be active, how about Korchnoi? 

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5


    I'm glad that Fischer didn't make the number one spot on your list. He was a strong player, but he didn't play long enough to really prove himself.

    I don't think Tal should be quite that high on your list. I've always thought he seemed like a one-dimensional player. He was good at what he did, but that's about it. His reign as world champion was very brief, and Botvinnik, whom he defeated for the title, quickly regained it.

    Also, I feel like Petrosian should be much higher on the list. He had an very unique style, not quite like any other chess player in history. All in all, he was incredibly hard to beat ("In those years, it was easier to win the Soviet Championship than a game against 'Iron Tigran'." — Lev Polugaevsky). He was also quite versatile, and not afraid of sharp positions, even if he didn't perfer them. Spassky found this out when he lost his first world championship match against Petrosian, and stated that, "It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like Mikhail Tal."

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7


    How about Greco and de la Bourdonnais

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8


    It's a good list, and I don't think Tal is too high. Bronstein as 8th ahead of Smyslov, Steinitz, Spassky and Tal sounds a bit high to me though, and I wouldn't place Geller far ahead of Korchnoi, otherwise I agree with almost everything and can't say I miss anyone.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9


    No Reti or Nimzowitsch?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #11


    Does the same topic appear everyday or do they just edit the date of the thread?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #12


    And don't forget, Bronstein basically discovered the King's Indian

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #17


    thinkdeeplistengood wrote:

    according to nigel short fisher was better in blitz than kasparov!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he concluded that after a secret encounter on the net

    Short never played Fischer, it was just someone with an engine that pretended to be him. Fischer denied playing Short or on the Internet. It's difficult to compare blitz strength between different generations, but for 2000-09 the highest Elo performances in OTB blitz look like this (last column):

    1.Kasparov,G 52 + 30- 4= 18 2867

    2.Anand,V 137 + 67- 25= 45 2810

    3.Ivanchuk,V 166 + 82- 42= 42 2793

    4.Kramnik,V 137 + 57- 34= 46 2783

    5.Carlsen,M 183 + 93- 48= 42 2767

    Carlsen's stats would of course improve considerably if 2010 was included since he wasn't a top player for the most part of 2000-09 but had excellent results in 2010.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #18


    I think there should be Vishwanath Anand on the list

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #19


    No Aaron nimzowitsch?how about his contributions to chess?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #20



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