The best chess player of history


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Nicola Lupinacci    (2007-02-23)
The best chess player of history

Who is the best player of history?

From 1500 to 2007, who is for you the strongest?

Elmer Valderrama    (2007-02-23 21:24:07)

In terms of who kicked more, excuse my french, ar*ses?! Probably Anatoly Karpov.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-02-23 23:26:21)
Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer

Impossible to choose between Kasparov, Karpov and Fischer.

Three champions who completely dominated their chess world......

It won't happen again, I'm afraid.

Nicola Lupinacci    (2007-02-24 02:27:58)
3 genius

I think Kasparov is the best for his aggressivity, Capablanca for his semplicity, and Alechine for his tattics.

Marc Lacrosse    (2007-02-24 21:22:11)
not so simple ...

"I think Kasparov is the best for his aggressivity, Capablanca for his semplicity, and Alechine for his tattics."

This is way too simple...

Remember Kasparov drawing game after game for recovering after Karpov led by 5-0 in their match ...

Capablanca's play was full of tactics (I would better say full of sophisticated ways to avoid tactics - which _is_ tactics at a supreme degree).

Alekhine's tactics were most of the time allowed by too weak opposition. Among great tactical geniuses far stronger than Alekhine in this field I would cite Bronstein, Tal, Spassky, Nezmetdinov, Fischer, Shirov, Kasparov, Topalov ...

But there are also :
- Positional geniuses : Morphy, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian, and an entire class above them all Karpov, Ivanchuk, Kramnik.
- Opening prep geniuses : Botvinnik, Fischer, Kasparov
- Endgame geniuses : Rubinstein, Karpov, Korchnoi...

Well a difficult question because all top class players had several masterpieces in any of these fields ...

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-02-25 12:58:15)

"Without errors, there's no brillancy."

So true...

Kim Peters    (2007-03-02 01:21:37)
greatest chess players

here is a great article i found on chessbase. everyone is free to draw their own conclusions but the authors make a strong argument.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-03-02 11:50:12)
greatest chess players

I remember this article, we discussed it here... There was some doubts about the method and the use of Crafty for analysis. That's interesting anyway...