Originally posted by mufin78man
Paul Morphy. He was the first player to use well founded positional principles in open positions. He kept his techniques secret (unlike Steinitz) so his genius was unappreciated until long after his death. Before him players played only combinatively, and were unable to match him.
I think you are right and I reccomend everybody (who likes open games of course) to study his games. They are just really really really brilliant. Taking it to account that he played 100 years ago it is just impossible that a man like him lived then. Also I have read that he only took 5 minutes for his moves whereas his opponents took 10 hours for a single move since then there was no chess clock available.
But still I like the modern GM Alekhine the most among other alternatives I have mentioned. Namely Kasparov, Fischer, Tal and Morphy. He prepered well for his openings, his tactical blows are still unexplainable, his middle game and engame understanding and play is the best of his time. Most importantly, he out-calculculated everybody including Capa. He is the only World Champion who dies while holding the title. Truly, he is an all around modern GM example in my opinion.