My Top Ten Legendary Chess Players of All Time

I’d like to start this blog post with a decent disclaimer. The list below is based on my personal choices, so if you’re going to rant why this such and such player isn’t on my number one or number ten list, I’d like to apologize in advance, since I am going to stick to my list. I hope you all can respect that.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved playing chess. Sure, it might look boring, but it’s actually what I consider a warfare of silence. Your chess pieces are your soldiers and the goal is to eliminate your opponent’s chess pieces one by one or to put your opponent’s king in a checkmate. Of course, your opponent is not going to let you have your way! He or she will also do her best to eliminate all your chess pieces. The battle that is going on between the two is intense and it is only between the two competitors. The hangers-on would just look at either player and wait in silence.

Today, everyone can play chess wherever they are with a computer or smartphone. I even installed an online chess player that allows me to challenge players from all over the world. All you need is internet connection. I’m connected with high speed internet, which is perfect while playing online chess.

Now back to the topic at hand…

The game of chess was invented thousands of years ago. In fact, it is considered as one of the oldest strategy games in the world. And because it’s been in existence for thousands of years, a great number of chess champions have also emerged. As a chess player, I am also a fan of these so-called chess grandmasters and below are some of the players that I consider my hero:

Paul Morphy (1837 – 1884) – Considered as the first well-known chess prodigy, Paul Morphy was already playing and winning chess games at a very young age. He even beat all of the local top players in his hometown.  He studied mathematics and philosophy and he also got a degree in law at the tender age of 19. Because he was still far too young to become a lawyer, his focus turned to playing chess instead.

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Now you have to remember that this is the 18th century. Back then, there was no “official” world chess championship games. However, Paul Morphy was considered to be the world’s best and the world champion too from 1858 to 1859. His greatest tactic was sacrificing the Queen Chess piece. Even Bobby Fischer believed that Morphy is the greatest player of all time.

Bobby Fischer (1943 –2008) – Bobby Fischer was the World Chess Champion from 1972-1975. Born from a Jewish woman of Polish descent and a German scientist, Fischer was a chess prodigy already at an early age. At 6, he was already winning chess games against older competitors.

But the thing that amazes me to no end was the “Game of the Century”. This was in 1956 when a 13-year old Bobby Fischer defeated the U.S Chess Champion of that time.  Because of his impressive victories, he became the symbol of chess in the United States. A lot of young people in the United States and all over the world have started taking an interest in the game because of him. According to his chess opponents, what made Bobby Fischer terrifying was his intelligence and his ability to memorize the opening moves of all his chess opponents.

Garry Kasparov (1963) – Garry Kasparov is another personal favorite of mine. He was the undisputed World Chess Champion from 1985 – 1993 and is also considered as the greatest chess player of all time. What made him really famous was his famous chess match against a chess super computer. It was said that the computer programs could analyze millions of moves per second, but Kasparov still beat the machine. This just proves that the human mind is far more brilliant compared to artificial intelligence.