PLAYERS

FIDE World Champions

Classical FIDE World Champions. Please note that there are interactive training resources like ‘Play like the Masters’ at www.chessworld.net available to Full Members on the Improve Menu Option

Steinitz ‘The Defender’
– 1886 to 1894
(778)

Lasker ‘The Fighter’
1894 to 1921
(660)

Capablanca ‘Simply – the best’
1921 to 1927
(3045)

Alekhine ‘The Destroyer’
1927 to 1935; 1937 to 1946
(1869)

Euwe ‘The Theorist’
1935 to 1937
(287)
Botvinnik ‘The Worker’
1948 to 1957; 1958 to 1960; 1961 to 1963
(1019)

Smyslov ‘The Finisher’
1957 to 1958
(348)

Tal ‘The Magician’
1960 to 1961
(5138)

Petrosian ‘The Manoeverer’
1963 to 1969
(2311)

Spassky ‘The Attacker’
1969 to 1972
(1241)

Fischer ‘The Analyser’
1972 to 1975
(5052)

Karpov ‘Kalm, Kool and Kollected’
1975 to 1985; 1993-1999
(3775)

Kasparov ‘The Killer’
1985 to 1993
(10162)

Topalov ‘The Gambler’
2005-2006
(794)

Kramnik ‘The Survivor’
2006 to 2007
(1800)

Anand ‘The Intuitive Indian’
2000-2002; 2007-2013
(2126)

Magnus ‘The Mozart of Chess’
2013 to present
(8629)

Uncrowned Kings

Those players who didn’t quite make it to become World Chess Champion but were still absolutely World class

Morphy ‘The American Genius’ (1041)
Nimzovich ‘The Eccentric’ (693)
Korchnoi ‘The Rebel’ (440)
Keres ‘The Artist’ (300)
Larsen ‘The Dane who dared’ (286)
Rubinstein ‘The Thinker’ (79)
Bronstein ‘The Improviser’ (457)

Other Interesting Players:

Players who have played many instructive and beautiful and entertaining games.

Adams ‘The British Bulldog’ (469)
Aronian ‘Levon the Destroyer’ (2452)
Carlsen ‘The Clever Kid’ (8629)
Topalov ‘The Gambler’ (742)
Vassily Ivanchuk ‘Different Planet’ (1576)
Peter Svidler ‘On the Roof’ (177)
Natalia Pogonina ‘Beauty and Brains’ (596)
Nigel Short ‘The Professional’ (505)
Anish Giri’ ‘New Netherlands Super GM’ (293)
Fabiana Caruana’ ‘Italian Super GM’ (474)
Nakamura ‘The Entertainer’ (1957)
Nezhmetdinov ‘The Sacrificer’ (1605)
Shirov ‘Board on Fire’ (360)
Morozevich ‘The Creative’ (586)
Grischuk ‘Another dangerous Chuk’ (81)
Kamsky ‘The Comeback GM’ (128)
Gelfand ‘The veteran that challenged Anand’ (308)
Wesley So ‘top Filipino prodigy’ (800)
Peter Leko ‘Hungarian prodigy’ (153)
Dr John Nunn ‘The Doctor’ (587)
Pillsbury ‘The Planner’ (130)
Karjakin ‘Another clever kid’ (192)
Judit Polgar ‘The Lady’s not for turning’ (929)
Yifan Hou ‘Chines Womens World Champion 2012’ (290)
Radjabov ‘The Azeri Attacker’ (204)
Simon Williams ‘New British Talent’ (489)
David Howell ‘New British Talent’ (76)
Luke McShane ‘New British Talent’ (214)
Jon Speelman ‘Speelwolf’ (108)
Gawain Jonee ‘Up and coming’(820)

Not GMs but interesting players

Not just GMs can play interesting great games 🙂

British IM Jack Rudd (188)
British IM Andrew Webster (83)
Paul Georghiou (148)

Interesting Online ICC Opponents

Kingscrusher’s most high profile or interesting ICC opponents

The YARDBIRD collection (GM Eric Lobron) (1535) Nakamura (3290)

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