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Is Vishy Anand the greatest rapid player of all time?

  • #41
    Vishy Anand is probably the best rapid player of all time, but I wouldn’t bet against Carlsen in a match format in any time control, unless he’s off form again. Look at how he crushed Ding Liren. But Anand is certainly the best rapid player ever.
  • #42

    Vishy now is clearly not the force he was. So Carlsen today would hold the edge I agree. But Vishy at his best, could take out anyone.

     

    Also as the comm. said during the tie-breaks against Feedosev, Vishy has won more events than Feedosov has participated in. Goes for nearly any young player today.

  • #43

    Vishy Anand will remain in Chess History as the best and most accomplished international chess grandmaster in any format in an epoch between the great Kasparov and the hot star Carlsen. Whether you are is fan or not, there can be no denial that during more than a decade, he has displayed magnificent chess against every top players. Every chess player has his peak and it is not frequent to see two chess legends playing each other while both are at their prime. So one can merely speculate. The hard facts will remain in statistics only. The wiki article (and many other similar counts on rapid chess) clearly indicates Anand's supremacy.

  • #44
    bangali_bohemian wrote:

    Vishy Anand will remain in Chess History as the best and most accomplished international chess grandmaster in any format in an epoch between the great Kasparov and the hot star Carlsen. Whether you are is fan or not, there can be no denial that during more than a decade, he has displayed magnificent chess against every top players. Every chess player has his peak and it is not frequent to see two chess legends playing each other while both are at their prime. So one can merely speculate. The hard facts will remain in statistics only. The wiki article (and many other similar counts on rapid chess) clearly indicates Anand's supremacy.

    While I do agree with that statement, I must say that the epoch between Kasparov and Carlsen is not a very long time period. 

    By the way, according to the live broadcast, which just ended seconds ago, Anand is tied with Karjakin for 2nd and 3rd in the blitz. The tiebreaks will decide who gets silver, but in any case Anand has had a very good tournament.

  • #45

    macer75: very long or short is a relative thing. How long Mr. Carlsen is reigning and who knows how long he will continue? Kasparov spaced himself out of Fide after enjoying the crown for considerable time and did not follow Fide matches after that as a player. While that did not diminish his claim to be number 1, but history hardly remembers perceptions...it will see records; and the records shows Mr. Anand was crowned for several years in almost all formats of Chess. We have no objective results of any Vishy vs Kasparov or Vishy vs Magnus championship Challenges during those few years and so whether at that time Vishy 'really' was better than either of them is purely a matter of speculation. Same applies for Rapid Chess. Personally, I believe after decades of dominance of Russian Grandmasters on Fide Championship, it was Vishy Anand of India, who broke that grip convincingly and made the arena free for all including younger talents like Carlsen and that is now part of undeniable history and a very significant one. Long or short doesn't matter, it WAS epoch making in a sence for sure.

  • #46

    yes vishy is the greatest player of all time in rapid bullet and blitz

  • #47

    bangali_bohemian wrote:

    macer75: very long or short is a relative thing. How long Mr. Carlsen is reigning and who knows how long he will continue? Kasparov spaced himself out of Fide after enjoying the crown for considerable time and did not follow Fide matches after that as a player. While that did not diminish his claim to be number 1, but history hardly remembers perceptions...it will see records; and the records shows Mr. Anand was crowned for several years in almost all formats of Chess. We have no objective results of any Vishy vs Kasparov or Vishy vs Magnus championship Challenges during those few years and so whether at that time Vishy 'really' was better than either of them is purely a matter of speculation. Same applies for Rapid Chess. Personally, I believe after decades of dominance of Russian Grandmasters on Fide Championship, it was Vishy Anand of India, who broke that grip convincingly and made the arena free for all including younger talents like Carlsen and that is now part of undeniable history and a very significant one. Long or short doesn't matter, it WAS epoch making in a sence for sure.

    yes Anand was the first who did it and fisher who starts it but i would prefer the man who completed this job which is the great legend Anand
  • #48
    The_Phenominal wrote:

    yes vishy is the greatest player of all time in rapid bullet and blitz

    In rapid yes, absolutely. For blitz it's harder to say who is the greatest of all time, but in my opinion Carlsen has done enough to earn that title for himself. As for bullet... since when does Vishy play bullet?

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