Here is a collection of the strongest overall tournament performances. I have made an effort not to repeat the same player too many times. I have also split up the performances into two categories – the strongest statistically and powerful modern performances. Some of the openings played in the first collection have become out of date. The second collection will include some more recognisable and trendy lines. My source for judging these performances is Jeff Sonas, the webmaster of the well known Chess Metrics website. Note there is currently a problem with Windows 7 machines, which block the online chess viewer via the security system.
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Greatest of All Time
4. Garry Kasparov – Linares 1999
7. Garry Kasparov – Linares 1993
8. Alexander Alekhine – Bled 1931
9. Garry Kasparov – Belfort (World Cup) 1988
10. Garry Kasparov – Linares 1992
11. Emanuel Lasker – St Petersburg 1914
12. Garry Kasparov – Amsterdam (Optiebeurs) 1988
13. Garry Kasparov – Belgrade (Investbank) 1989
Magnus Carlsen – Nanjing 2009 (see below)
Note: For place 13, there were 4 equal performance ratings.
Greatest Modern Performances
4. Veselin Topalov – Linares 2005
Veselin Topalov – Corus A 2006
8. Viswanathan Anand – World Championship, Mexico 2007
10. Veselin Topalov – Nanjing 2008