Chess is one of the most popular indoor games in the world. It is a game of skill, tact, concentration and intelligence. Many players of the game are well known for their great intelligence and distinctive style of playing the game.
Listed below are the top 10 chess players in the world:
1. Garry Kasparov
The greatest player in the world of chess is undoubtedly the Russian grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. He occupied the no 1 rank for 225 months, from 1986 to 2005, the year of his retirement. During his illustrious career, this legendary chess player won 15 consecutive professional chess tournaments and 11 Chess Oscars.
2. Vladimir Kramnik
Another great Russian chess Grandmaster is Valdimir Kramnik, who held the title of Classical World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006 and that of the World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007. Additionally, he bagged three individual and three team gold medals at Chess Olympiads.
3. Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is the Indian chess grandmaster and among the best chess players in the world. Besides being the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013, this great chess player won the World Chess Championship five times during his super successful career.
4. Anatoly Karpov
Featuring next on the list of top 10 chess players in the world is the legendary Russian Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, who ruled as the world champion from 1975 to 1985, till he was dethroned by Garry Kasparov. Many consider him as one of the greatest chess players of all times.
5. Peter Leko
The Hungarian Grandmaster, Peter Leko has the credit of becoming the youngest grandmaster in the world in 1994, at the age of 15 years. He reached his career top ranking at no 4 in April 2003. This young player tied up with Vladimir Kramnik in the Classical World Chess Championship 2004.