Hall of Fame | The 50 Greatest Chess Players of All Time – GM Gustafsson and Nielsen

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Hall Of Fame | The 50 Greatest Chess Players Of All Time - Gm Gustafsson And Nielsen

Hall of Fame | The 50 Greatest Chess Players of All Time – GM Gustafsson and Nielsen

Hall Of Fame | The 50 Greatest Chess Players Of All Time - Gm Gustafsson And Nielsen

Grandmasters and Carlsen-trainers Peter Heine Nielsen and Jan Gustafsson got together to compile their own list of the 50 best players ever. Neither is a big expert on chess history, so what could go wrong? 50 players, 50 videos!

What to expect from this course?

To learn about the best chess players ever. The presenters have made their very best to select the 50 best players of all time and to rank them.

Join and judge Peter and Jan for their rankings!

About the authors:

GM Jan Gustafsson was born in Hamburg. His parents took a break from their careers when he was a child to spend a few years sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, and Gustafsson started playing chess in this setting as there were few other sports that were playable on a boat. The family then lived in Spain before returning to Hamburg, where Gustafsson played in the local chess club. He soon became a strong player and was part of the team that won the U13 German Team Championship in 1992.

Gustafsson was granted the title of International Master in 1999 and that of Grandmaster in 2003. He is one of the strongest German players; he finished second in the 2004 and 2005 German championships, and won the German championship of blitz chess in 2001. He was nominated to the German national chess team in 2002, represented his nation in no less than 4 Chess Olympiads, and was part of the German team that won the 2011 European Team Chess Championship.

Gustafsson is an expert in opening theory, and was part of Magnus Carlsen’s team for the 2016 World Championship against Sergey Karjakin and for the 2018 World Championship against Fabiano Caruana. In 2018 he was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

GM Peter Heine Nielsen is a Danish chess player and trainer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1994. He coached world champions Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen winning World Championships in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Nielsen was awarded the title of International Master by FIDE in 1991 and that of Grandmaster in 1994. He won the Danish Chess Championship five times: in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2008., and he has played for Denmark in seven Chess Olympiads.

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Chapter List

50 Aron Nimzowitsch
49 Sergey Karjakin
48 Lajos Portisch
47 Lev Polugaevsky
46 Gata Kamsky
45 Geza Maroczy
44 Peter Leko
43 Szymon Winawer
42 Miguel Najdorf
41 Jan Timman
40 Mikhail Chigorin
39 Boris Gelfand
38 Efim Geller
37 Harry Pillsbury
36 Carl Schlechter
35 Vasyl Ivanchuk
34 Siegbert Tarrasch
33 Levon Aronian
32 Reuben Fine
31 Efim Bogoljubov
30 Samuel Reshevsky
29 Bent Larsen
28 Louis Charles Mahe de la Bourdonnais
27 Johannes Zukertort
26 Adolf Anderssen
25 David Bronstein
24 Howard Staunton
23 Akiba Rubinstein
22 Paul Keres
21 Veselin Topalov
20 Viktor Korchnoi
19 Fabiano Caruana
18 François-André Danican Philidor
17 Max Euwe
16 Boris Spassky
15 Mikhail Tal
14 Vasily Smyslov
13 Wilhelm Steinitz
12 Tigran Petrosian
11 Vladimir Kramnik
10 Paul Morphy
9 Viswanathan Anand
8 Mikhail Botvinnik
7 José Raúl Capablanca
6 Anatoly Karpov
5 Alexander Alekhine
4 Emanuel Lasker
3 Bobby Fischer
2 Magnus Carlsen
1 Garry Kasparov