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  1. 26 Jul '10 19:37 / 1 edit
    At several points in his life; Bobby Fischer was asked who are the best 10 chess players. I now pose that question to members of RHP. If I may opine first; my list isn't in any type of order just 10 players who I think are great.

    Karpov
    Kasparov
    Fischer
    Petrosian
    Korchnoi
    Tal
    Kramnik
    Aronian
    Anand
    Carlson

    You may now opine my dear chess friends.
  2. 26 Jul '10 19:39 / 1 edit
    I like how you have Karpov up near the top, but do to the fact that you neglected to mention Alekhine, I am forced to hate you. I also think your list is biased.
  3. 26 Jul '10 19:56
    Purdy
    Berliner
    Timmerman
    Rittner
    Estrin
    Penrose
    Ragozin
    Baumbach
    Schmid
    Umansky

    10 for you to chew on. Let's see how many recognise them.
  4. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    26 Jul '10 20:05
    Morphy
    Lasker
    Pillsbury
    Capablanca
    Alekhine
    Fischer
    Kasparov


    the other spots are up for grabs..
  5. 26 Jul '10 20:10
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    Morphy
    Lasker
    Pillsbury
    Capablanca
    Alekhine
    Fischer
    Kasparov


    the other spots are up for grabs..
    Lasker 😉 May be the all time best, after me of course.
  6. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    26 Jul '10 20:14
    1.Capablanca
    2.Kasparov
    3.Morphy
    4.Alekhine
    5.Karpov
    6.Nezhmetdinov
    7.Fischer
    8.Tal
    9.Lasker
    10.Botvinnik
  7. 26 Jul '10 20:15 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Diophantus
    Purdy
    Berliner
    Timmerman
    Rittner
    Estrin
    Penrose
    Ragozin
    Baumbach
    Schmid
    Umansky

    10 for you to chew on. Let's see how many recognise them.
    Berliner sure was special!

    My 10 best players ever in no particular order.

    Carlsen
    Anand
    Kasparov
    Karpov
    Fischer
    Capablanca
    Alekhine
    Smyslov
    Tal
    Morphy

    Honorable mentions: Petrosian, Botvinnik, Kramnik, Korchnoi and Spassky.

    I know Korchnoi was great and should probably be on the list but I haven't seen his games and I frankly don't know enough about him unfortunately.
  8. 26 Jul '10 20:16
    Originally posted by Diophantus
    Purdy
    Berliner
    Timmerman
    Rittner
    Estrin
    Penrose
    Ragozin
    Baumbach
    Schmid
    Umansky

    10 for you to chew on. Let's see how many recognise them.
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?page=2&tid=39859&eresult=
  9. 26 Jul '10 20:22 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by gorookyourself
    Lasker 😉 May be the all time best, after me of course.
    I think Lasker is overrated, his play was far from being as precise as other champions, and he did some dodgy things to retain his title for so long. I think putting him in front of Karpov is just gross.
  10. 26 Jul '10 20:23
    Originally posted by clandarkfire
    1.Capablanca
    2.Kasparov
    3.Morphy
    4.Alekhine
    5.Karpov
    6.Nezhmetdinov
    7.Fischer
    8.Tal
    9.Lasker
    10.Botvinnik
    Definitely agree with the players just not the order.
  11. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    26 Jul '10 20:24
    Spassky used to say that Kortchnoi was a fabulous attacker, a good analyst, and a strong endgame player and yet he lacked one thing... talent.
  12. 26 Jul '10 20:25
    Originally posted by Maxacre42
    I think Lasker is overrated, his play was far from being as precise as other champions, and he did some dodgy things to retain his title for so long. I think putting him in front of Karpov is just gross.
    That was me being biased. I know a lot of people deserve to be on a "Best of all time" list but there are too many. The best of ten needs to be upgraded to the "Best 50"...
  13. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    26 Jul '10 20:31
    With Karpov we will never know what ideas were his and what was the machine behind him. He beat Kortchnoi twice that way.. and then failed to beat Kasparov 3x.. I doubt that Karpov would have enjoyed such a dominance in the computer age that he did in the 70's.
  14. 26 Jul '10 20:42
    Originally posted by Diophantus
    Purdy
    Berliner
    Timmerman
    Rittner
    Estrin
    Penrose
    Ragozin
    Baumbach
    Schmid
    Umansky

    10 for you to chew on. Let's see how many recognise them.
    Purdy Cecil
    Berliner Hans
    Timmerman? you mean Timman Jan?
    Rittner rings a bell but nope,can't say
    Penrose Jonathan
    Ragozin? think there's an opening variation named after him but that's all
    Baumbach?
    Schmid is it Lothar?
    Umansky?

    toet.
  15. 26 Jul '10 20:43 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    With Karpov we will never know what ideas were his and what was the machine behind him. He beat Kortchnoi twice that way.. and then failed to beat Kasparov 3x.. I doubt that Karpov would have enjoyed such a dominance in the computer age that he did in the 70's.
    In his five world championship matches vs Kasparov, Karpov scored 19 wins, 21 losses, and 104 draws in 144 games.

    If Kasparov was arguably the best player ever, Karpov deserves to be in the top 10. Every top player today has help and it is mostly with the openings. The soviet machine certainly did not play his impeccable endgames and choking middlegames for him.

    By machine I do hope you mean the soviet machine, because the computers during his reign did not help at all, they were terrible. Karpov did not dominate in the computer age at all!

    let's not forget this is not a list about the top 10 natural talents! or else Sultan Khan would be there 🙂