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Famous Chess Sets

Chess is probably the most noble and at the same time spectacular board game. With a great history of abut 1500 years, chess has had numerous highly skilled and talented players. However, only some of them have managed to make a career from playing chess and only an even smaller portion of them won the World Chess Championship. While there may be other players deserving the title or may have been more famous players along time which did not have a means of proving their talent, we praise the chess champions as the best and the most famous chess players. Below you will find a list with the worlds chess champions from the beginnings of the championship until present times.

  • Wilhelm Steinitz (1886-1894) – an innovative chess player for his age, Steinitz believed in subtle movements and safe positions, rather than in the games with solid attacks. He will do everything that he could to prove his theories through the games he played and the results did not fail to arrive.
  • Emanuel Lasker (1894-1921) – dominated the world of chess for longer than any other chess player. He was believed to be a player whose game strategy was mainly to mesmerize the opponent. In fact, he was a rather pragmatic player, who would do the type of move that he thought it may help him, regardless if that was following a certain pattern or not.
  • Jose Raul Capablanca (1921-1927) – his style was plain and simple: once he gained an advantage, he tried to keep it without overcomplicating the game.
  • Alexander Alekhine (1927-1935, 1937-1946) – a great chess player whose main force was his attack. He was usually finding new and innovatory ways of winning the game. His strategies were so complicated that even nowadays chess players and chess computers did not manage to check their validity.
  • Max Euwe (1935-1937) – his game was characterized by a logical and consistent game, that has gotten him out of the complex situations. It is often said that he was lucky in defeating Alkehine. That was not luck, but strategy and focusing.
  • Mikhail Botvinnik (1948-1957, 1958-1960, 1961-1963) – a great chess player which not only proved to be an extremely talented player, but also a successful teacher, training great names such as Kramink, Kasparov and Karpov. Throughout he has heavily relied on strategy and preparation rather than moment inspiration.
  • Vasily Smyslov (1957-1958) – a chess player which finds the best combination on the spot. With its atypical game play he has managed to defeat Botvinnik and be world champion for one year.
  • Mikhail Tal (1960-1961) – “The Magician from Riga”, as he was named, was rather focused on playing tricks on his opponents and created moves that the other players found difficult to deal with.
  • Tigran Petrosian (1963-1969) – he was not a player making spectacular games, but his great talent in sensing the danger and assuring his position got him a great success in his chess career.
  • Boris Spassky (1969-1972) – a chess player who has excelled in all areas, Spassky was a flexible player, who adapted easily to any situation.
  • Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (1972-1975) – Fischers advantage in all chess games was him: his wish to win and materialize any chance he is given. He was the type of energetic, dominant player, who loved to put pressure on his opponents just to make his road towards victory smoother.
  • Anatoly Karpov (1975-1985) – a player who did not liked complicated games, who would materialize any advantage and will put great pressure on the opponent, terrorizing him with his moves.
  • Garry Kasparov (1985-2000) – with the highest FIDE rank (2851), a period of 15 years of world championship and some memorable demonstrative games with the chess computer, Kasparov is by far one of the best chess players ever. He has an aggressive and dynamic style, which has made him very loved by chess fans.
  • Vladimir Kramnik (2000-2007) – a pragmatic chess player in the Karpov style with sold and tenacious strategies meant at bringing the victory in the straight forward way.
  • Viswanathan Anand (2007-current) – a player with great speed and accuracy. He is well known for its tactical moves and his great decisions taken in a short span of time.

These 15 chess players have not only been famous, but they have also been excellent chess players. For them, second place does not exist and they have been the model of many generations of individuals making their way in the world of chess.