Top 10 Best Chess Players


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1Bobby Fischer

If all he had to do was play chess, his placement at the top of the list would be unquestioned. Imagine how many brilliancies he would have demonstrated had he continued competitive chess at the top level for the rest of his career - his contributions to our understanding of the game would have been immense. Fischer's issues away from the board are a tragedy to the chess world as well as an embarrassment to his legacy, but don't let them distract you from his undeniable, overwhelming ability to win chess games.

An absolute genius. not only his moves but also his sacrifices

He's the ideal person, taught us to to become unorthodox...

He represents serendipity in chess.

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2Garry Kasparov

While I have an immense amount of respect for Fischer and Morphy as players, my vote has to go for Kasparov. Not only a dominant force in Chess for 30 years, Kasparov has continued to grow interest in chess after his retirement. Kasparov has been able to balance his brilliance in chess with other aspects of his life. His voice in opposition to Putin makes him one of my personal heroes, regardless of his chess skills. - ignoble

Worlds greatest chess player and always will be.
He was born for chess no doubt

Even the admin mentioned him in one of his blogs! - booklover1

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3Jose Capablanca

Very often I play through one of Capa's games and after 20-30 moves come to the realization that his opponent is totally lost for apparently no discernible reason. It's comforting to know that GM analysts have the same problem.

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4Anatoly Karpov

Bobby Fischer was brilliant, but come on. Karpov at his prime vs Fischer at his prime is a blowout. Karpov's positional understanding would overwhelm Fischer.

If he could get kasparov out of his preparation more often kasparov would have never become the champ

5Magnus Carlsen

Hi actually magnus did win fide world cup and is 1st at the moment and has the highest rating ever so go magnus!

Highest FIDE rating ever, World number 1, World Champion and all round genius.

Top fida player in the world. highest chess rating in the world

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6Viswanathan Anand

I and my paternal grandfather loves his tricks. my grandfather always plays in my tablet on the highest levels and wins the tablet

God of Indian chess and 5-time World Champion in modern era

Really good player and my inspiration

Truly a legend of the game

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7Emanuel Lasker

Only Player who use "mind game"

Double Bishop Sacrifice: Amazing!

8Mikhail Tal

He's my favourite chess player cause of his attacking style. So wild and but has meaningful tactics

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9Paul Morphy

Great chess talent & most spectacular moves & games.

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10Danny Kopec

The Contenders

11Alexander Alekhine

He's great! He's game made extra ordinary brilliant combination! - bishops

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12Vladimir Kramnik

Only one who has better record against Kasparov

13Wilhelm Steinitz
14Mikhail Botvinnik

Botvinnik won a lot of games with tricky but not terribly deep tactics.

15Boris Spassky

Should be at least top 8

16Tigran Petrosian
17Paul Keres
18Viktor Korchnoi
19Bent Larsen
20Sean Carpenter

Sean isn't that good, he only thinks he is because he's special, (he has male and female parts! )

Most Skilled at chess in history of chess and the world

So good couldn't beat him myself

I hate my friends

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