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

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.

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

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

Kasparov without a shred of doubt deserves to be in number 1.

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

Magnus Carlsen is the best player of all time.

4 Jose Capablanca

People keep throwing things in with the hope of success, they keep trying to throw all kinds of wild shots, this applies not just to chess but in life in general (I'm guilty of this too), it doesn't matter how good the shots you throw are, or how great the tactics you keep chucking at the wall happen to be, in life, if you strive for absolute zen like perfection everything should only take one shot. Capablanca understood this and hence was able to outdo and outmaneuver everybodies best attempts against his positions. One attack after one attack and he kept reassembling into ever so simple positions, he understood chess as merely where the pieces ought to be.

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.

Intuitive genius he was and is like Cuban Paul Morphy except he doesn't have serious problems like Morphy.

The best of all times

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

6 Emanuel Lasker

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

7 Mikhail Tal

This list needs more attention and this man as well. Deserves to be in the top 10. A tactical combinatorial genius who enjoys himself a beautiful yet brilliant king hunt on every game of his.

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.

Queen sacrifice and win

8 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

My idle but why did he took to much time with Amir Khan? Why?

Anand has very good thinking process and moves are really good

9 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.

10 Vladimir Kramnik

Playing like a computer.

The Contenders
11 Alexander Alekhine

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

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

The godfather of good chess.

Alekhine should be number 1!

12 Mikhail Botvinnik

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

13 Danny Kopec
14 Vassily Ivanchuk

Worthy candidate of being world champion. Sadly he is not. Yet he still will remain one of the most eccentric brilliant players out there.

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

The only man kasparov ever feared!

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

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.

Because he's a Filipino..

18 Tigran Petrosian
19 Judit Polgar

She is the best. Ever.

20 Paul Keres
21 Sean Carpenter

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

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

Sean did it with a fifty-year-old!

I hate my friends

22 Viktor Korchnoi
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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