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Who's your most favorite chess player?

  • #1

    Who is it? (Mine is Carlsen)

  • #2

    This may seem like an unusual one, but I'm a big fan of Tartakower. After playing through his book, "My Best Games of Chess 1905-1954," I realized how good of a player he actually was. If you covered up the player names of any of his early games, you'd actually believe they were played by Morphy (no higher compliment IMO). Later, he became more positional, but still just "did stuff" until he could get around to a kingside attack. Still later, he became more truly positional, playing soundly until he could find a tactic to turn things to his advantage or win in the endgame.

    The interesting thing about this many-sided progression is that at any given tournament, he might play a rock-solid QGD, or the Orangutan; he could play a manly, straight-up "develop and kingside attack" that looks like it was played in the 1800's, a wild tactical slugfest ala Tal, or a game that looks like Capablanca played it. I can't think of many players with such a range.

    His endgame was strong (Rubinstein referred to him as one of the 3 best endgame players in the world at one point), he often broke away from known openings and played his own game, he aimed for interesting positions, and never shied away from fight. He also had that spark of genius that allowed him now and then to find those weird, completely unexpected moves that turn the game around.

  • #3

    Plus Tartokower was funny.

  • #4

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  • #5

    I'm guessing that you like Tal?

  • #6

    Vishwanathan Anand

  • #7

    Did anyone mention Tal?  How about Borislav Ivanov? Now there was a creative wizzard.

  • #8

    well in terms of playing style Tal. if I had to be trapped on an island alone with them probably Alisha Melekina or Alexandria Kosteniuk or Susanne Polgar. 

  • #9

    Susanne is more my age and my speed. she is hot. and a real crushing chess player. I would love to be tutored by her. 

  • #10

    Alisa Melekhina

  • #11

    Susan is married. And Kosteniuk is too. Alisa Melekhina is the best

  • #12

    Yelizaveta Orlova is my second favorite chess player.

  • #13

    Man this forum really is filled with trash. Can anyone recommend a better forum, perhaps one with thoughtful, intelligent comments? Or maybe an "over 50" forum somewhere so only the adults can post?

  • #14

    Spassky -- a player with a universal style, world champion, a generous spirit with a sense of humor, who created a life on his own terms and played those amazing King's Gambits.

  • #15

    My favorite....Original pick:  Magnus Carlsen. So far, any way.

    Magnus, Please don't self destruct like Tyson, Woods, Fidrych, and of course Fischer.  

    It takes talent and passion to get to the top and it takes character to stay there. 

  • #16

    Tigran Petrosian

  • #17

    Hikaru 

  • #18

    Emanuel Lasker

  • #19

     Nimzowitsch

  • #20

    Capablanca

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