Top 5 Chess Players in the World
Chess, which is also known as 64 squares is one of the rare sport which tests the mental strength of the individual rather than the physical one. As far as this game is concerned, the gender doesn’t matter as women players have the ability to challenge men. There might be thousands of players to have played the game but only few stood out among them. Here is the list of Top 5 Chess Players to have played the game.
1. Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer is yet another example of a sporting individual who had potential but ruined his career by his own attitude. Fischer won 8 US Championships, including the 1963-64 Tournament 11-0, the only perfect score in its history. By 15, he was the youngest ever Grandmaster (GM) and the youngest ever candidate for the World Championship. By the early 1970’s, he was dominating his peers on the chess board, winning 20 consecutive matches in the 1970 Inter-zonal. By 1972, he had won the World Championship from Boris Spassky (his biggest rival) of the Soviet Union. Many viewed this match as an extension of the Cold War.
2. Judit Polgar
Hungary’s Judit Polgar is without a doubt, is the greatest ever female chess player in history. No other woman can even come close to her achievements. Often, she plays against men and wins most of the times. She is still an active player and there is the possibility that she could reach higher levels than what she has already done. In 2004 she had a chess elo rating of 2746 which placed her at number 5 in the world on the men’s list. Polgar announced her retirement from competitive chess earlier this year.
3. Gary Kasparov
Gary Kasparov and Chess are synchronous with each other. It is evident by the fact that no other player has dominated the sport as long as Gary Kasparov. At 22, he became the youngest ever undisputed World Champion in 1985 and held the title till 1993 when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up his own organisation (PCA) which lost him the World Title. According to the fans, Kasparov is considered as the unofficial World Champion during this period till he lost to Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. Since 1986 until his retirement in 2005, he was ranked number 1, which is a greatest achievement in the sporting world.
4. Vishwanathan Anand
Indian Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand is one of the greatest ever to have played the game of chess. Having attained the title of Grandmaster in 1988 as an 18 year old, Anand has reached several heights since then. He has been a ferocious rival to the likes of Kasparov and Toplav on numerous occasions. Currently he is going through a rivalry with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and even conceded the World Championship to the youngster.
5. Anatoly Karpov
Anatoly Karpov would certainly go down as the greatest Chess player in the history. He was World Champion from 1975-1985 and then from 1993-1999. At 51, he still plays competitive chess and is ranked 98 in the World. He has finished over 160 first place tournament. He was the youngest ever Soviet National Master at the age of 15. In 1969, Karpov won the World Junior Chess Championship with a score of 10/11. In 1974 he surprised everyone by defeating Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi for the right to challenge Bobby Fischer for the World Title.
Some of the anmes that missed out from the list are Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik, Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and current champion Magnus Carlson from Norway.