Who's The Best Positional Player In Chess?

  • #1

    For me Anatoly Karpov.

    Votes (based on mentioned names) As of Oct. 14, 2010 ET:

    Karpov -  3 ;   Kasparov - 2 ;  Kramnik  -  7 ;  Carlsen - 2 ;   Anand  - 2 ;   Fisher - 3 ;  Petrosian  - 3 ;  Shirov - 2 ;  Capablanca - 1  ;  Alekhine  - 2  ;  Morphy - 2 ;  Tal  - 1 ;   J. Polgar - 1                        

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  • #2

    Karpov; Petrosian; Kramnik; Anand; AronianSmile

  • #3

    Karpov, Petrosian, and Capablanca come to mind.

  • #4

    i really like how petrosian plays

  • #5
    paulgottlieb wrote:

    All the great grandmasters are terrific positional players, but among the players active today, Victor Kramnik seems to be the very best at squeezing the full point out of a microscopic positional advantage


    Vladimir Kramnik is even better than Victor! Though Victor Kramnik is quite the arm wrestlerLaughing

  • #6

    its definalty not me!

  • #7

    whos the best tactical player do you think?

    Shirov has to be up there

  • #8
    dazbedford wrote:

    whos the best tactical player do you think?

    Shirov has to be up there


    Cool! I get to do a greatest tacticians list!

     Kasparov; Tal; J. Polgar; Shirov; AlekhineSmile

  • #9

    If it were Possible , which it is not would it not be awesome to see a Bobby Fischer vs Paul Morphy?   I personally think this would be a game of madness !!!

  • #10
    JetFire wrote:

    If it were Possible , which it is not would it not be awesome to see a Bobby Fischer vs Paul Morphy?   I personally think this would be a game of madness !!!


    Fischer would be soooo pissed off if they exhume him again!

  • #11

    Tactically, Tal and Kasparov were the best.

  • #12
    trysts wrote:
    JetFire wrote:

    If it were Possible , which it is not would it not be awesome to see a Bobby Fischer vs Paul Morphy?   I personally think this would be a game of madness !!!


    Fischer would be soooo pissed off if they exhume him again!


     No doubt a Jewish conspiracy ;)

  • #13

    Definition time.   I once read an interview with Alekhine (after his second match with Euwe).  Alekhine was asked whether he considered Euwe a positional player or a tactical one.   Alekhine did not consider Euwe a positional player, because Euwe only played within a framework of established strategies.  To Alekhine, a positional player was one who invented strategies.   Following Alekhine's definition I would say: Duncan Suttles.

  • #14

    Alekhine lived in a period when large ideas were still possible. Kramnik lives in the world of 20th move novelties and nagging, small advantages. So with all due respect to Duncan Suttles-

     

    I vote Kramnik.

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  • #17

    Kramnik and Carlsen have an uncanny positional sense, but Anand is probably also their equal.

    In years bygone, Karpov could squeeze a position as well as anyone past or present.

  • #18

    Nowadays it's probably Kramnik. Each era has its own positional #1.

  • #19
    blake78613 wrote:

    Definition time.   I once read an interview with Alekhine (after his second match with Euwe).  Alekhine was asked whether he considered Euwe a positional player or a tactical one.   Alekhine did not consider Euwe a positional player, because Euwe only played within a framework of established strategies.  To Alekhine, a positional player was one who invented strategies.   Following Alekhine's definition I would say: Duncan Suttles.


    ha! Duncan suttles' strategy:

    1. fianchetto.

    2.make lots of pawn moves.

    3. weaken lots of squares.

    4. Don't castle if you can avoid it.

    5. keep all your pieces on the first three files.

    6. move your pieces back and forth aimlessly.

    7. win somehow.

  • #20
    Natalia_Pogonina wrote:

    Nowadays it's probably Kramnik. Each era has its own positional #1.


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