Chess as we know it has been around since the 15th century; in fact, it is one of the oldest board games in the world. Therefore, it is fair to say that people have had a long time to refine tactics and skill. The game has become so respected that there are even schools dedicated to the arts and strategy of the game. Such high esteem for chess has led many of those in the right circles to revere its’ masters as a painter might greatly admire Michelangelo or Raphael.
Given the impracticality of listing all chess grand masters since the games fruition here are the three latest and greatest players of the last one-hundred years:
Garry Kasparov (1963 to Present) is claimed by many to be the best player ever and his record of accomplishment does nothing to discourage the claim. Not only was he the youngest world champion but he held the title for 15 years. On top of which, he was the highest rated chess player for a staggering twenty-one years and he holds the all-time record rating.
Robert Fischer (1943-2008) can be added to this list with ease, his accomplishments speaking for themselves. He was the youngest Chess Grandmaster ever at the tender age of fifteen and broke the record for the youngest world champion candidate. He won the U.S championship with an unprecedented score of 11-0, which has never been matched.
Anatoly Karpov (1951 to present) was world number one for an amazing 90 months until he was eventually toppled by the afore mentioned Garry Kasparov. It truly shows how well fitted Karpov is to this list when his career is compared with Kasparov’s. Out of the one-hundred and forty-four games the two masters played together, one-hundred and four of them were drawn, twenty-one were lost to Kasparov and nineteen were won. This fact just goes to prove Karpov’s worthiness.
Where is it, then, that one might procure the skills necessary to be counted amongst the greats? In the United States of America, the best school of learning is certainly the American Chess Academy. The academy’s philosophy gravitates around the belief that one’s life is directly benefited by a strong and tactical mind, in this way, a better chess player leads a better life.
Less a school and more a hub of learning, the European chess union has proudly held tournaments since the mid nineteen-twenties and it became the last word on chess by the nineteen-nineties. Many Europeans and people from around the world flock to their tournaments.
There are even a few international chess schools, the most notable of which is the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. Founded by the great Anatoly Karpov himself, they host many events as well as train prospective chess masters from around the world.
As one of the oldest standing games, Chess is no easy thing to master. With every new champion come new tactics and techniques, as such there are many schools to teach this ever increasing array of techniques and the mindset to wield them.