Your Greatest Chess Grandmasters Ever
Chess Grandmasters - Ruy Lopez de Segura
Chess Grandmasters are the successors of a long tradition throughout the world. Anyone who could play this game well has won admiration from the general public and high society alike. This is true no matter how far back you go or what country you think of.
Great chess players have played in front of Sultans, Kings and Presidents the world over for many centuries. People would gather in chess cafes and clubs to watch them weave magic over the board. They even played against computers for a while but after Deep Blue
beat Garry Kasparov
in 1997 it was downhill all the way for the humans and they don't play them anymore.
People will never agree on who is the greatest player of all. It's very subjective and we all tend to have our favorites. For some reason or other some player or another will capture your imagination and that's that. Who do you think is the greatest?
Chess Grandmasters - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor
Throughout history so many players have wowed the world of chess. Great games have been played, enriched with incredible combinations. Remarkable genius has also on occasion been witnessed through the prism of flawless positional strategy.
Some games are also remembered for brilliant individual moves. Others for sustained and incredible, violent attacks. Still more for unbelievable defense from a player in the face of all out assault before taking victory themselves. These masters become immortal through their brilliancies.
Many players have variations or entire opening systems named after them in recognition of their contribution to chess. There are so many criteria on which you can judge a player's greatness. The greats leave their mark in so many different ways. We all probably have a player whose style we admire the most. Who is your favorite chess player?
Chess Grandmasters - Paul Morphy
We know that players have got better as the years roll on. This was due to learning from previous generations as the secrets of the chess board fell one by one. This accelerated with technology advances in the last 50 years that have helped us figure out chess at a faster rate than ever.
But for all of that the evidence is that the great players of the past had just as much powers of invention, the only thing they lacked was discovered theory to hand.
It's fair to say that if the great masters of today lived in earlier times and only had access to the same information as masters back then it would probably be an even contest. Likewise if the earlier masters had lived in this time with all of the technology and knowledge modern masters enjoy, they would likely be just as good. All in all it's not easy to compare masters of different times because of the advance of time but it's always fun to try
Chess Grandmasters - Akiba Rubinstein
We have seen many playing styles move in and out of vogue. The tactical thrillers up to and including the 19th Century. The slow burning intrigue of the succeeding positionally based encounters that sometimes exploded into fury in the late middlegame.
The Hypermodern players had their say showing there are many ways to play. Players like Philidor
always seemed to have more time than their opponents. Capablanca
both for a time had an aura of invincibility about them.Lasker
enjoyed longevity at the top and not for no reason. There was only one Tal
. Today boasts talents like Carlsen, Nakamura and Caruana. Could one of them be the greatest?
Chess Grandmasters - Jose Raul Capablanca
Of course these are all the usual suspects, the name you always hear
. The chess world has also seen incredibly talented players that haven't quite gained the notoriety of those players. And yet they may have played many exceptional games.
What about Rubinstein
, Marshall, Schlechter, Pillsbury, Keres, Korchnoi or Ivanchuk? Maybe one of these could take on Kasparov on a certain day.
It's okay to be subjective. It's a subjective question. Perhaps the player that has impressed you the most, inspired you the most, hasn't the same reputation but has a collection of games that can rival any other player. Talk about it.
Chess Grandmasters - Garry Kasparov
If you're relatively new to chess you may still be open on this question. If you've been on the chess thing for a long time now you may have already settled on one player as the ultimate master.
Or maybe you can't quite decide between two or more. No one had everything but they all had something. Who do you see the toss up being between? Which players for you have one hand on the cup?
Or if you have settled on your final answer and won't be moved from your position, tell us what decided it for you. Unbelievable tactics, the knack game after game of building unbearable pressure until the opponent cracked, unique creativity as a signature throughout the years or something else? Lend us your thoughts
Who Was The Greatest Chess Player Of All?
There have been many great players down through the years, decades and centuries. There does not seem to be an undisputed greatest. Different people have different opinions. Who do you consider the greatest? Why not write a piece on the top chess player of all time. Tell us what sets him apart from the rest. Or even do an article on one of the greatest who you think deserves a mention for his services to chess. Your player doesn't necessarily have to be the greatest all rounder. He can be the greatest tactician or greatest endgame specialist or have some unique and interesting style. Can you think of a player who should be talked about? Put forward the case for Your Greatest Chess Player Ever.
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Chess Grandmasters - Wilhelm Steinitz
With all that talk of great GMs it's time to continue the journey through the greats of chess history. An official World Chess Championship was finally organized in the 1880s and the first World Championship match was played from January - March of 1886.
The match was contested by the two clearly best players of that time, Wilhelm Steinitz playing for Austria-Hungary and Johannes Zukertort
competing for Britain. The match was played in 3 American cities and it began a rich history of World Championship chess.
Twenty games were played and in the end Wilhelm Steinitz
emerged as the 1st Official World Chess Champion, winning 10 - 5, 5 other games were drawn.