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WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONS

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MAGNUS CARLSEN

2013- today

Magnus Carlsen , a Norwegian chess grandmaster is the current world champion, bliz champion and rapid champion. Carlsen's style is universal, capable of handling all sorts of positions well.

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VISWANATHAN ANAD

2007-2013

Viswanathan anad, a Indian chess grandmaster and the 15th world champion. In April 2006, Anand became the fourth player in history to pass the 2800 Elo mark

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VLADIMIR KRAMNIK

2006-2007

Vladimir kramnik is a Russian chess grandmaster. His playing style is similar to Anatoly karpov. Kramnik is known for his endgame skills

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GARRY KASPAROV

1985-1993
1993-2000

Garry kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster, former world chess champion. He held the peak rating of 2851 until Carlsen surpassed him in 2013. Kasparov was known for his attacking style of play, aggressive play in the opening and for his extensive preparation

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ANATOLY KARPOV

1975-1985
1993–1999 (FIDE)

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov  is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion. Karpov's playing style is solid and positional, he took minimal risks and mercilessly reacted to his opponent's mistakes.

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BOBBY FISCHER

1972-1975

Robert James Fischer was an American grandmaster and the eleventh world champion. He was known for his aggressive attacking style.

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BORIS SPASSKY

1969-1972

Boris spassky is a Russian grandmaster and the tenth world champion.Spassky played three world championship matches: he lost to Tigran petrosian, defeated Petrosian to become world championa and then lost to Bobby fischer in a famous match in 1972.

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TIGRAN PETROSIAN

1963-1969

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian was a soviet \ Armenian grandmaster. His nickname was the "iron tiger" because of his almost impenetrable defensive playing style.

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MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK

1948-1957
1958-1960
1961-1963

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik was a Soviet and Russian grandmaster, The sixth world champion. Botvinnik was the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union.

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MIKHAIL TAL

1960-1961

Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal was a soviet Latvian grandmaster and the eighth world champion. Every game for him was as inimitable and invaluable as a poem and he earned the nickname "The Magician from Riga".

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VASILY SMYSLOV

1957–1958

Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov was a soviet and Russian grandmaster. Smyslov remained active and successful in competitive chess well after the age of sixty !!

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ALEXSANDER ALEKHINE

1937–1946
1927–1935

Alexander Alekhine was a Russian and French chess player and the fourth world champion. Alekhine was one of the greatest attacking players , he was famous for his ability to see the potential for an attack and prepare for it in positions where others saw nothing.

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MAX EUWE

1935-1937

Max euwe was a Dutch chess player and the fifth world champion. Max was the president of FIDE from 1970 to 1978

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JOSÉ RAÚL CAPABLANCA

1921-1927

José Raúl Capablanca was a Cuban chess player. He was known for his endgame skills and speed of play.

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EMANUEL LASKER

1894-1921

Emanuel Lasker was a German chess player. He was the world champion for 27 years!! the longest reign of any officially recognized World Chess Champion in history.

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WILHELM STEINITZ

1886–1894

William Steinitz was an Austrian \ American chess player. Steinitz played in the all-out attacking style of contemporaries like Anderssen, and then changed to the positional style with which he dominated competitive chess