Greatest Chess Performances

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 Some of the openings played in the first collection have become out of date.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.

For the most comfortable experience, I recommend you download the games from the pages of your choice and view them in the free high-definition softwareChessBase Light. The downloadable files are available on each page.

Greatest of All Time

1. Anatoly Karpov – Linares 1994

2. Garry Kasparov – Tilburg 1989

3. Emanuel Lasker – London 1899

4. Garry Kasparov – Linares 1999

5. Mikhail Tal – Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade (Candidates) 1959

6. Alexander Alekhine – San Remo 1930

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

Bobby Fischer – Palma de Mallorca (Interzonal) 1970

Mikhail Botvinnik – World Championship, The Hague/Moscow, 1948

Magnus Carlsen – Nanjing 2009 (see below)

Note: For place 13, there were 4 equal performance ratings.

Greatest Modern Performances

1. Magnus Carlsen – Nanjing 2009

2. Vassily Ivanchuk – Mtel Masters, Sofia 2008

3. Veselin Topalov – World Championship, San Luis 2005

4. Veselin Topalov – Linares 2005

5. Garry Kasparov – Linares 2005

6. Viswanathan Anand – Corus A 2006

Veselin Topalov – Corus A 2006

8. Viswanathan Anand – World Championship, Mexico 2007

9. Vladimir Kramnik – Tal Memorial, Moscow 2007

10. Veselin Topalov – Nanjing 2008

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