Top 10 Best Chess Players

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The Top Ten

1 Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer

If not the decline of Fischer mental health I know that Fischer will reach 3000

Best ever, would have beat Karpov if they played.

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.

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.

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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. - ignoble

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

We were both born April, Friday the 13th so maybe I’ll be lucky?

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

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3 Magnus Carlsen

Highest rated player ever. No need to say anything more

Best chess player in the world

Machine man

flawless

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4 Jose Capablanca

Very good chess player and has very good tactics - ifgy

Very good player and very good moves - ifgy

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.

Capablanca could feel the chess
He was awesome

5 Paul Morphy

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!

Great chess talent & most spectacular moves & games.

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

He is genius

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6 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

We are talking about attecking players. tal is number one.real beauty of chess is in the gamrs mikhail tal...

7 Viswanathan Anand

He is the best chess player in the world

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.

Anand has very good thinking process and moves are really good

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

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8 Anatoly Karpov

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

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

9 Emanuel Lasker

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

Double Bishop Sacrifice: Amazing!

Only Player who use "mind game"

10 Alexander Alekhine

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

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

Alekhine should be number 1!

The Contenders

11 Danny Kopec

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

12 Vladimir Kramnik

Only one who has better record against Kasparov

13 Vassily Ivanchuk

He should be higher on this list

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

Very weird player

How is he not number 1?

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14 Wilhelm Steinitz
15 Boris Spassky

Should be at least top 8

16 Tigran Petrosian

Master of positional play,defeated botvinick and spassky

17 Viktor Korchnoi
18 Wesley So

great

Best he will be world champion in 2018

Yes he will beat Aronion to face magnus

Because he's a Filipino..

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19 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

So good couldn't beat him myself

Sean did it with a fifty-year-old!

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20 Veselin Topalov

The master of attack!

21 Mikhail Botvinnik

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

22 Paul Keres
23 Judit Polgar

She is the best. Ever.

24 Bent Larsen

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

25 Carissa Yip

Why her? - yanzchenthebest

26 Aron Nimzowitsch
27 Alexander Grischuk
28 Ding Liren

Okay yes there are other players who are better than him but ding liren is soon going to become the 2nd best chess player in the world here works very hard is very humble and is such an aggressive amazing at calculating player! If anad is on this list if carlsen is on this list ding shoIlderton be on here too please vote for ding liren

29 Efim Geller
30 Anish Giri

Anish giri is also awesome yes he is not the best but good and maybe the best in the future

I also Best player in future

31 Carlos Torre Repetto

Mexican Grand Master.

32 Suzanne Wells
33 Deep Blue

That is not a human!

This is a computer...

34 Vasily Smyslov
35 Levon Aronian
36 Hou Yifan
37 Kaspa Maxwell
38 Sergey Karjakin
39 Fabiano Caruana
40 Hikaru Nakamura

Best bullet player ever. He is one of the few people on this list that is still very good plus he beat 22 Chess.com players in just 7 minutes. Brilliant player indeed!

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