Top 10 Best Chess Players in the World

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

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

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

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

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

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.

6. Alexei Shirov

Alexei Shirov

The next name in the list of best chess players in the world is that of Latvian Grandmaster, Alexei Shirov, who has been consistently among the top rankers since the nineties, reaching his career best of number 4 in 1998. Today, he is a celebrated chess author.

7. Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov is a Bulgarian chess Grandmaster, who won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2005. He won the Chess Oscar in the same year. He was world number 1 from April 2006 to January 2007. He regained this spot in October 2008 and held it till January 2010.

8. Evgeny Bareev

Evgeny Bareev

Evgeny Bareev is another world famous Russian Grandmaster, who was world no 4 in October, 2003. He became World Under 16 Champion in 1982 and was a part of the Russian team in the Chess Olympiads in 1994 and 1996. He coached the national team of Russia from 2010 to 2011.

9. Michael Adams

Michael Adams

Another chess player in the list of top 10 chess players in the world is British Grandmaster Michael Adams, who attained the highest ranking of no 4 in 2000. He made it to the semis of World Championship in 1997, 1999 and 2000, besides reaching the 2004 FIDE Championship finals.

10. Ruslan Ponomariov

Ruslan Ponomariov

Another chess player on the list is the Ukrainian Grandmaster Ruslan Ponomariov, who was the World Champion between 2002 and 2004. He also reached the finals of Chess World Cup in 2005 and 2009, and the semi finals of the event in 2011.

All these players are acclaimed around the world for their skill and talent.