Top 10 Best Chess Players

The Top Ten
1 Bobby 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.

Most dominant chess player in 20th century with highest elo rating difference (125). Really good endgame and positional player. Youngest candidate to world championship and was youngest grandmaster over 30 years. Won all 8 US championships he participed and once with perfect score 11/11. Won last 8 classical chess tournaments he finnished, and also won first unnofficial blitz chess championship over 4,5 points in 1970. Won Interzonal biggest margin ever and after that beat Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen 6-0 on route to 20 wins in a row against grandmasters. Only one who could beat Soviet chess macine. Truly a genius on chessboard but his mentality lacked other parts of life. World champion of chess 1972-75.

While I am not a fan of Bobby Fischer, the person, I cannot help but admire him as the brilliant chess player that he was. Had Bobby had the same access to chess education and training that the USSR provided Kasparov, Karpov, or Spassky, this would not even be a debate. But what Bobby Fischer was able to accomplish in near isolation is intellectually astonishing. The chess world may never see an equal to his tactical genius.

An incomparable will to win backed up by strategic, tactical, and technical brilliance. At his peak, Fischer, like Capablanca before him, was a peerless tower of chess strength.

2 Garry Kasparov

he was untouchable the time he burst onto the scenes, if u remember he was 5-0 down against the legendary Karpov at his peak and put one of the best defensive performance where he came back 5-3 but later got terminated and next year won the wcc. when Fischer was 20 during is candidates he came 4th with Petrosian, Geller and one other gy ahead of him, whereas when kasparov won the candidates he destroyed the field at 20 or 21

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.

Ranked #1 throughout his career after winning championship till retirement in 2005.

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

3 Magnus Carlsen

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

Magnus Carlsen is the best chess player. He is ranked number 1.

Highest rated player ever. No need to say anything more

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

4 Jose 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.

Very good chess player and has very good tactics

Capablanca could feel the chess
He was awesome

Very good player and very good moves

5 Anatoly 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.

I like Tal more but, honestly, Karpov is a genius and it is impossible to compare any player to him in his prime

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

6 Emanuel Lasker

He was champion for 27 years crushing 2nd place Kasparov who was world chess champion for 16 years

Only Player who use "mind game"

Double Bishop Sacrifice: Amazing!

7 Paul Morphy

Ahead of his time without any real teaching. If he would born today, his godly talent would have: reform the game- (as he did in his 3 year career) and decimate the top tournament, heck even computers!

This fellow was too gifted for normal life, what he wanted deep inside...

Great chess players come and go, But to have a chess player like morphy that shocked chess with his skill and talent, the way he seen the board and how the pieces work together, the energy inside each piece, his lagacy will be talked about for many years to come!

In today's standards he wouldn't be the best but he was the most talented chess player ever.

Great chess talent & most spectacular moves & games.

8 Mikhail Tal

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

Can't even fully describe how different, amazing and weird style he had.

Best attacking player of all time

Queen sacrifice and win

9 Viswanathan Anand

Most influential player of all time, hero of the 3rd world. Pioneer of sorts and the one who ended Russian domination. And the longevity, GOAT.

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

Anand has very good thinking process and moves are really good

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

10 Alexander Alekhine

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

Alekhine should be higher on this list - top 6 at least.

Alekhine should be number 1!

The Contenders
11 Vladimir Kramnik

Only one who has better record against Kasparov

12 Mikhail Botvinnik

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

13 Danny Kopec

Why is this guy here? 10th place? U kidding me?

14 Vassily Ivanchuk

Every game is more interesting if vassily ivanchuk is one of the players

Vassily Ivanchuk is amazing. He defeated Kasparov, Karpov and Carlsen, and he always plays amazing games.

He should be higher on this list

How is he not number 1?

15 Wilhelm Steinitz
16 Boris Spassky

Should be at least top 8

17 Wesley So

His chess wizardry is just amazing to behold. You would think that you have the positional upper hand, only to realize soon enough that you are being led to a trap all along. A strategic and tactical prodigy. The sky is the limit for him & it wouldn’t surprise me if he overtakes Carlson soon.

He is the best us chmapion for 10 years destroyed carlsen and Nakamura his best match was in speed chess with Giri he also beat Aronion and Grishuk.

Best he will be world champion in 2018

Because he's a Filipino..

18 Tigran Petrosian

Master of positional play,defeated botvinick and spassky

19 Judit Polgar

She is the best. Ever.

20 Sean 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

Sean is so good that he paid me a lot of money to say so.

So good couldn't beat him myself

21 Viktor Korchnoi
22 Paul Keres

The Uncrowned King.

23 Fabiano Caruana
24 Veselin Topalov

The master of attack!

25 Bent Larsen

A very strong and unorthodox player. One of the greatest talents of all time.

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