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Top Ten Chess Players of all Time

Garry ​Kasparov​
Garry ​Kasparov​

Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players of all time, talks about the game, AI, and the interplay between machine intelligence and humanity. Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players of all time, talks about the game, AI, and the interplay between machine intelligence and humanity.

Magnus ​Carlsen​
Magnus ​Carlsen​

Table of top 20 rated players of all-time, with date ... Levon Aronian stated that he considers Garry Kasparov the greatest player of all time. Magnus Carlsen ...

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Bobby Fischer​
Bobby Fischer​

Many prominent players and chess writers have offered their own rankings of the greatest players. Bobby Fischer (1964 and 1970) In 1964, Bobby Fischer listed his top 10 in Chessworld magazine: Morphy, Staunton, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Chigorin, Alekhine, Capablanca, Spassky, Tal, Reshevsky.

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Anatoly ​Karpov​
Anatoly ​Karpov​

Youngest ever Soviet National Master(age 15), World junior chess champion in 1969, defeated Korchnoi and Spassky in 1974 and challenged Fischer for the World Title, Fischer resigned and Karpov became the Champion by default.

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José Raúl ​Capablanca​
José Raúl ​Capablanca​

Can José Raul Capablanca be considered the greatest chess player of all time? ... Who are some of the greatest chess players of all time and their achievements?

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Paul Morphy​
Paul Morphy​

Paul Charles Morphy is the greatest of the great. Probably/arguably the most talented player ever. He was born a hundered years too early. He retired before reaching his peak. Ben Fiengold reckoned that Paul Morphy was the best, and that Paul's true rating was Magnus +10.

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Vladimir ​Kramnik​
Vladimir ​Kramnik​

Table of top 20 rated players of all-time, ... never has been an era in modern chess during which one player has so overshadowed all others. Vladimir Kramnik ...

Emanuel ​Lasker​
Emanuel ​Lasker​

EMANUEL LASKER (born Dec-24-1868, died Jan-11-1941, 72 years old) Germany [what is this?] Emanuel Lasker was the second official World Chess Champion, reigning for a record 27 years after he defeated the first World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, in 1894.

Mikhail ​Botvinnik​
Mikhail ​Botvinnik​

10 Greatest Chess Players of All Time. ... Gary started learning his training at the age of 10 at Mikhail Botvinnik’s chess school. In 1979, ...

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Boris Spassky​
Boris Spassky​

They have a son Boris Spassky, Jr. (born 1980). His younger sister Iraida Spasskaya (born November 6, 1944) is a four-times champion of the Soviet Union in Russian draughts and the World vice-champion in international draughts (1974). Boris Spassky described himself as an Orthodox Christian, a monarchist and a Russian nationalist.

Tigran ​Petrosian​
Tigran ​Petrosian​

Petrosian was a conservative, cautious, and highly defensive chess player who was strongly influenced by Aron Nimzowitsch's idea of prophylaxis. He made more effort to prevent his opponent's offensive capabilities than he did to make use of his own.

Alexander ​Alekhine​
Alexander ​Alekhine​

Alexander Alekhine, one of the strongest players of Russia by 16 , and strongest player in the world by 22, as mentioned earlier, began his reign by defeating Capablanca in 1927. His major objective was to snatch the Title from Capablanca which his successfully did by 6 wins, 3 losses and 25 draws.

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Mikhail Tal​
Mikhail Tal​

2700: Mikhail Tal; 2690: Alexander Alekhine, Paul Morphy, ... Table of top 20 rated players of all-time, with date their best ratings were first achieved; Rank

Viswanathan ​Anand​
Viswanathan ​Anand​

Viswanathan Anand was a participant in the 2nd Grand Chess Tour, a series of four supertournaments featuring the world's elite players: the Paris, France and Leuven, Belgium Rapid and Blitz tournaments (replacements for the Norway Chess tournament), 2016 Sinquefield Cup, and the 2016 London Chess Classic.

Wilhelm ​Steinitz​
Wilhelm ​Steinitz​

The longest ever(27 years) to dominate the chess world, Emanuel Lasker began his reign in 1894 by defeating Steinitz by 10 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws to win the World Title. Later in 1907 he defended his title against Marshall and won flawless.

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Fabiano ​Caruana​
Fabiano ​Caruana​

Fabiano Luigi Caruana was born in Miamia, Florida, USA on July 30, 1992. His mother is Italian and his father is from the United States. When Caruana was four years old, the family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. (This is were Bobby Fischer used to live.) Caruana was already playing chess when he was five years old.

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Veselin ​Topalov​
Veselin ​Topalov​

... placing him joint-ninth on the list of highest FIDE-rated players of all time. Topalov has competed at nine Chess ... Veselin Topalov chess games at 365Chess ...

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Vasily ​Smyslov​
Vasily ​Smyslov​

BBC award-winning journalists, from their book Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time (HarperCollins, 2004): Fischer, some will maintain, was the outstanding player in chess history, though there are powerful advocates too for Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, and Kasparov.

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Viktor ​Korchnoi​
Viktor ​Korchnoi​

Today Viktor Korchnoi died at the age of 85 in a ... Chess-News reports. Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi ... RIP to the greatest chess player of all time never to hold ...

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Levon ​Aronian​
Levon ​Aronian​

Levon Aronian is one of few chess players with a 2800+ rating. (This select little group also includes Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand.) On the March 2014 FIDE rating list, Aronian was ranked number two in the world, with an Elo rating of 2830.

Judit Polgár​
Judit Polgár​

Judit Polgár is considered the greatest female chess player of all time. She's beaten 11 current or former world champions, including Garry Kasparov, Boris Spassky, and Magnus Carlsen.

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Siegbert ​Tarrasch​
Siegbert ​Tarrasch​

Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability. Tarrasch also played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck. Cf. Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch.

Hikaru ​Nakamura​
Hikaru ​Nakamura​

Hikaru is a very good player, but it isn't decent or fair to refer to him as "one of the best chess players of all time." He's probably not even top 50 of all time. From the world's current elite, Svidler, Anand, Aronian, and Giri easily hold their own against him. Not to mention Grischuk or Ivanchuk who can occasionally make him sweat.

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Max Euwe​
Max Euwe​

In 1964 Max Euwe was appointed as a professor of Methodology of Information Retrieval at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Notable chess games. Max Euwe vs Efim Bogolyubov, Budapest 1921, French Defence, MacCutcheon Variation (C12), 1–0 With wins like these, the 20-year-old Euwe was building his strength and experience.

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Sergey ​Karjakin​
Sergey ​Karjakin​

Karjakin has one title that Carlsen does not hold: the youngest grandmaster of all time. Karjakin is the only player to achieve the GM title before the age of 13 and has proceeded to build an impressive chess resume.

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Vassily ​Ivanchuk​
Vassily ​Ivanchuk​

Ivanchuk has played in fourteen Olympiads up to and including Chess Olympiad (2014), and won four team gold medals: in 1988 and 1990 playing for the Soviet Union, and in 2004 and 2010, playing for Ukraine.

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Samuel ​Reshevsky​
Samuel ​Reshevsky​

Samuel Herman Reshevsky (born Szmul Rzeszewski; November 26, 1911 – April 4, 1992) was a Polish chess prodigy and later a leading American chess grandmaster. He was never a full-time chess professional.

Alexander ​Grischuk​
Alexander ​Grischuk​

Yury Volokhov: All top chess players set themselves the goal of fighting for the crown. Is the World Championship title the goal of your whole life, or something you’re calm about? Alexander Grischuk: It’s foolish to declare your ambitions publicly.

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Aron ​Nimzowitsch​
Aron ​Nimzowitsch​

Aron Nimzowitsch learned chess from his father, Schaya ("Schaie" is the authors' preferred spelling), who was a successful timber merchant and one of the strongest chess players in Riga. Schaya was born in 1860 and died on Oct. 6, 1918.

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Mark ​Taimanov​
Mark ​Taimanov​

Mark Yevgenyevich Taimanov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine (formerly USSR) and was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1952. Despite this, he never devoted himself fully to chess, splitting his time and talents between the game and his career as a concert pianist.

Wesley So​
Wesley So​

By drawing his game with Fabiano Caruana comfortably, Wesley So clinched victory in the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. In the penultimate round, the only winner was Viswanathan Anand who used a great novelty to beat the luckless Veselin Topalov. Two of the greatest chess players of all time praised Wesley So this week.

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Alexei Shirov​
Alexei Shirov​

In November–December 2007 Shirov played in the Chess World Cup 2007. He made the final, but lost the final 2½–1½ to Gata Kamsky. In May 2009, Alexei Shirov won the category 21 M-Tel Masters 2009 tournament, held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ding Liren​
Ding Liren​

Who is Ding Liren? ... Ding Liren, the chess player, ... I knew that the victory celebration in the Armenian camp would go on for quite some time, so I went to Ding ...

Deep Blue​
Deep Blue​

Top 10 Greatest Chess Players in History^Top 10 ... that Deep Blue finally succeeded ... Another player who has claims to the greatest of all time, ...

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Shakhriyar ​Mamedyarov​
Shakhriyar ​Mamedyarov​

Chess games of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, ... Shakhriyar Hamid oglu Mamedyarov was born in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan and is one of Azerbaijan's all time great players ...

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Boris Gelfand​
Boris Gelfand​

Also, regardless what the list measures, I would never rank players like Gelfand, Adams, Radjabov and Leko so far ahead of Topalov. The latter was the strongest player in the world for some time and different level compared to contemporaries Gelfand, Adams, Radjabov and Leko.

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Bent Larsen​
Bent Larsen​

The Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971) met in Denver and, to the astonishment of most of the chess world, Larsen was shut out, losing all six match games. After that defeat his position in the world rankings gradually slipped back.

David ​Bronstein​
David ​Bronstein​

DAVID BRONSTEIN (born Feb-19-1924, died Dec-05-2006, 82 years old) Ukraine: PRONUNCIATION: [what is this?] David Ionovich Bronstein was born February 19, 1924 in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine.1. Chess and Checkers Club. When Bronstein was six, his grandfather taught him how to play chess.

Mikhail ​Chigorin​
Mikhail ​Chigorin​

TheFocus: <In Russia the first player to devote all his life to the game, the man who initiated the habit of adopting a profound approach to chess, was Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin, and we can only speak of the existence of a Russian chess school from this time onward> - Mikhail Botvinnik.

Johannes ​Zukertort​
Johannes ​Zukertort​

Johannes Zukertort, Master of Dynamics. ... “chess player!” Johannes Zukertort | Image Wikipedia. To be fair, Zukertort ... to stipulate for a time limit of 20 or ...

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Teimour ​Radjabov​
Teimour ​Radjabov​

A top class rapid player, Radjabov beat Carlsen in the Match of the Hopes (2007) by 3-2. In 2006 he was 1st at Cap D'Agde (2006), defeating Karjakin in the final. He lost the Chess Classic Mainz (2006) to Anand by 5-3 but in January 2008, he won the ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa.

Anish Giri​
Anish Giri​

Anish Giri was born in St Petersburg in Russia to Sanjay Giri, a research scientist, and Olga Giri, a civil engineer. His father is Nepalese and his mother Russian. Anish is a typical Hindu name used in parts of the countries of India and Nepal. He started playing chess when he was seven years old.

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Hou Yifan​
Hou Yifan​

Hou Yifan (Chinese: 侯逸凡; pinyin: Hóu Yìfán pronunciation (help · info); born 27 February 1994) is a Chinese chess grandmaster and three-time Women's World Chess Champion. A chess prodigy, she is the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of grandmaster and the youngest ever to win the Women's World Chess Championship.

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Maxime ​Vachier-Lagrave​
Maxime ​Vachier-Lagrave​

He also has a lot of experience, and remains one of the players with the stronger nerves ; this is one of the reasons why he often goes far in the World Cup, notwithstanding his sheer talent in rapid games (all the same, Maxime knocked him out of the latest edition, after an epic round of 16 match (in french) – Ed.).

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Paul Keres​
Paul Keres​

In April 1935, Keres defeated Feliks Kibbermann, one of Tartu's leading masters, in a training match, by (+3 =0 −1) (Grandmaster of Chess, by Paul Keres, Arco 1972, pp 188-189). Keres played on the top board for Estonia in the 6th Chess Olympiad at Warsaw 1935, and was the new star, admired for his dashing style.

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Efim ​Bogoljubov​
Efim ​Bogoljubov​

At Bad Kissingen (1928), he again won first prize ahead of Capablanca, and in 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) and 1934 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934) he played two World Championship matches with Alekhine, losing both times.

Adolf ​Anderssen​
Adolf ​Anderssen​

Anderssen is regarded as the quintessential Romantic, and his sacrificial brilliancies such as The Immortal Game (Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851) and The Evergreen Game (Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852) have stood the test of time.

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Alexander ​Morozevich​
Alexander ​Morozevich​

Alexander Morozevich has somewhat dropped off the chess radar recently, but at his peak he was not only one of the most exciting and imaginative players in the world but reached no. 2 on the official FIDE rating list and no. 1 on the live list.

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Gata Kamsky​
Gata Kamsky​

By all accounts at the time, Rustam was, well, "not a nice guy," especially to Gata, who had to endure Dad's constant verbal and, by some reports, physical abuse, especially when Gata lost, when the sounds of angry shouting and breaking furniture could be heard from their hotel room.

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Ruslan ​Ponomariov​
Ruslan ​Ponomariov​

On Ponomariov's 20th birthday, October 11, 2003, he became the first high-profile player to forfeit a game because of his mobile phone ringing during play. This happened in round one of the European Team Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, when Ponomariov was playing Black against Swedish GM Evgenij Agrest.

Alexander ​Khalifman​
Alexander ​Khalifman​

Alexander Khalifman may not be a household name in most homes around the world, but he is known to chess enthusiasts. He was born on January 18, 1966, in Leningrad, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, to Jewish parents.

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