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absolutegenius 20 ( +1 | -1 )
most accomplished chess player who, in your opinion, is the the most accomplished chess player; not the greatest. for instance, kasparov has got the highest rating ever (i think. i was fischer, but i heard kasparov beat it), or fischer cause of his domination.
paulvalle 8 ( +1 | -1 )
accomplished? Not sure what you mean by this, but I would say Stefan Bucker... I think!?
cosanostra 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Botvinnik thanks to his deep understanding of the game- better than anyone else. Sure he could fail due to Talcopies who sensed the right move and sacing piece after piece however Botvinnik was logic personified (he has been called the answer to mr spock) and he had intruiging and deep complex systems with lines intercepting creating a database in his head. With the help of the guidelines he could watch a position and then he could transfer it to a winning continuation. That was why Tal early in their games avoided general lines. He was also the first player to use his knowledge to create a chessprogram!
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tulkos 0 ( +1 | -1 )
I would say Alekhine.
markarian 0 ( +1 | -1 )
my father .
keiserpaul 83 ( +1 | -1 )
Cosanostra You say Botvinnik. Ok, answer me just one question : do you know any game of Botvinnik by heart ?
I have never felt anything by replaying Botvinnik games. But I know a lot of Morphy's games by heart. And I get cold shivers on my body when I replay them. What an imagination, what an unexpected romantic moves ! And Steinitz-Von Bardeleben, what a beautiful end combination in that game. Games like that do not occur anymore. It's all dynamics and calculation now. What a pity. No more game, only science.
I am sure a guy like Morphy would lost any game he plays against a Botvinnik, art can not win from science. And the most accomplished chess player will be the next Deep Blue version. And what have we reached then ? Goodbye art, Goodbye beauty, Goodbye chess. Then I will go fishing.
certainratio 48 ( +1 | -1 )
my opinion we don't see games like those of Morphy
anymore, because defensive chess theory has
immensely improved since those times.
Chess has gotten better, not less artistic.
Go to:

to see Tim Krabbe's choices for best 110 moves
ever played. Look at some of the more recent ones
from the top ten and see if they don't send
chills through your body. The art of chess is
more intricate and beautiful than ever.

cosanostra 46 ( +1 | -1 )
keiserpaul I have played through roughly about 1000 games by Botvinnik! In 7 months!

I can play through at least 10 games of his in exact from the 1960 match against Tal and unlike you I don't shrivel from moves. I shrivel from his plans (even if he lost due to bad health and easy mistakes ;)).

When it comes to your genre I like Alekhine the most but I hold Tal very dear also. I understand there- you can shrivel from a move.

brobishkin 40 ( +1 | -1 )
My choice... I would say Karpov... Due to the fact of the way he won the Championship (due to default)... After Bobby Fischer didn't show up to defend his title... Karpov spent his whole career proving that he was a top notch chess player... He played more games than any other Grandmaster after he won the title in means to prove to the world his worthiness... That is a hard thing to do and deserves some type of recognition...

absolutegenius 41 ( +1 | -1 )
well, maybe not the most accomplished player-but i most admire capablance due to his lightening-fast, and skillful moves and his domination of the post-war period. an extremly good player.

i forgot to ask-why do you think this person is the most accomplished, so tulkos, why?, and why your father, markarian?
atrifix 128 ( +1 | -1 )
keiserpaul: Personally, I find Botvinnik's games more beautiful than Morphy's. Whereas Morphy would sacrifice a rook to open lines to his opponent's king and checkmate, Botvinnik would sacrifice an exchange to improve his pawn structure(!). Botvinnik-Vidmar, Botvinnik-Tolush, Liublinsky-Botvinnik, Fischer-Botvinnik, and any of the Botvinnik Wch games are all quite beautiful.

bro: Emmanuel Lasker also defended his reputation in the same manner after a big upset victory over Steinitz.

And my personal vote for most accomplished player ever is none other than Bobby Fischer. Fischer started his meteoric rise from 1800-GM strength when he was around 13 years old, proceeded to become the youngest GM ever at 15, won about 7 US championships, one with the perfect score 11-0-0, began an international drive defeating both Taimanov and Larsen 6-0, followed by his forfeiture of the first two games to Spassky (the first by the ridiculous Bxh2?!, the second by actual forfeit) only to come back and win the match. Included somewhere in the mix are Fischer's out-analysis of Botvinnik in the double-queen ending--practically heresy in the chess world--and Fischer's practically single-handed defeat of the entire USSR collective. At any rate, Fischer's accomplishments never cease to amaze me.