Saturday, August 25, 2007

Important Chess Players

Spent the day building a database of games of my favorite chessplayers, supplemented by important matches and chess tournaments. The players who I believe are most important in the history of chess are:

Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, Zukertort, Steinitz, Chigorin, Tarrasch, Lasker, Capablanca, Rubenstein, Alekhine, Keres, Botvinnik, Fischer, and Kasparov.

No, I did not include Korchnoi or Karpov. Korchnoi was too wierd for my tastes; Karpov was just too boring.

I'm not sure of current players. Surely not Krammik; maybe Topolov.

What is your opinion?


Wahrheit said...

Korchnoi and Karpov probably deserve to be called "important" if only for their 1978 match which gave chess so much worldwide publicity and led to the musical...

Anonymous said...

Agree with wahrheit. Also Karpov not boring, just precise...his book winning with the Spanish even has humour ! Maybe add Timman 'cos he's human and has a non-chess life, and Larsen, 'cis he has a great christian name as well as stunning attacking chess.