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The 20 Best Chess Players in History

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Magnus Carlsen

World Champion 2013 – 2016 – ?

Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, smiles as he holds up his championship trophy during the award ceremony for the World Chess Championship, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. Reigning champ Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin, of Russia.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand

World Champion 2007 to 2012

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

World Champion 2000 to 2006

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

World Champion 1985 to 1993. Classical World Champion 1993 to 1999

No. 1 on FIDE for 20 Years from 1985 to 2005

Anatoly Karpov

Anatoly Karpov

World Champion 1975 to 1984

Bobby Fischer

Robert James (Bobby) Fischer

World Champion 1972 to 1974

Boris Spassky

Boris Spassky

World Champion 1969 to 1971

Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969

Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal

World Champion 1963 to 1968

Vasily Smyslov

Vasily Smyslov

World Champion 1957 to 1957

Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik

World Champion 1948 – 1957, 1958 – 1960 and 1961 – 1963

Max Euwe

Max Euwe

World Champion 1935 to 1936

Alexander Alekhine

World Champion, 1927 – 1935, 1937 – 1946

Jose Raul Capablanca

Jose Raul Capablanca

World Champion, 1921 – 1926

Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker

World Champion, 1894 – 1920

Johannes Zukertort

Johannes Zukertort

One of the Leading players from 1870 – 1890

Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz

World Champion, 1886 – 1894

Paul Morphy

Paul Morphy

The first unofficial World Chess Champion.

The Chess Player who have the highest win rate through out time.

Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen

The worlds leading chess player from 1850 – 1870

Howard Staunton

Howard

The worlds strongest chess player from 1843 – 1849


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