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  • #41

    Stats mean very little.  One could have a lower "losing percentage" by taking fewer risks, being highly proficient in endgames, or by playing a weaker average opponent.

    The real test would be the win-draw-loss percentage in games against players within 200 points of their rating AFTER being down a pawn (or the positional equivalent of -1.00 by Houdini or another strong engine).  That would illustrate defensive results. 

     

    My own list would include the most fearsome counterattackers, Lasker, Rubinstein, Alekhine, Keres, Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Ivanchuk, and Anand.

  • #42

    "Best defence is attack." <-- Who said that..?

  • #43

    Better solution for black are:
    15.Ba6+ Ka4
    16.Nxc6 and so on, like simulator below:

  • #44
    kiwi wrote:

    "Best defence is attack."

    The best defence is a good offense?  Perhaps Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, or Carl Von Clausewitz.

  • #45
    rigamagician wrote:

    Percentage of games lost over the course of their careers:
    =1.Ulf Andersson 14.3%
    =1.Alexander Khalifman 14.3%
    3.Peter Leko 15.9%
    =4.Tigran V. Petrosian 16.3%
    =4.Boris Spassky 16.3%
    6.Andrei Sokolov 16.9%
    7.Vladimir Kramnik 17.6%
    8.Borislav Ivkov 17.7%
    =9.Vassily Smyslov 17.9%
    =9.Ratmir Kholmov 17.9%

    Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Yusupov, Aronian, Tal, Korchnoi, Carlsen, Nakamura and Lasker have all lost more.

    wheres capablanca??

     

  • #46

    I would say that Sergey Karjakin is the best one out there now. He gets bad positions most of the time and somehow manages to draw it. 'Minister of Defense' is his other nickname.

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