World Chess Champions

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1.  Wilhelm Steinitz

(Paul Morphy should be in this distinguished spot. Click here to see why he is not)

Austria (1886-1894)
2. Emanuel Lasker " I am the most talented chess player of all time...since I can play and smoke a cigar with no hands!" (1894-1921)
3. Jose Capablanca "I am the biggest ladies man on the list" (1921-1927)
4. Alexander Alekhine like a beast. (1927-1935, 1937-1946)
5. Max Euwe Netherlands "stole" the title for a few years from Alekhine while Alekhine was drunk. (1935-1937)
6. Mikhail Botvinnik Thought his student Karpov would never be a great chess player. (1948-1957, 1958-1960, 1961-1963)
7. Vasily Smyslov (1957-58)
8. Mikhail Tal Latvia "The Magician" of chess. (1960-61)
9. Tigran Petrosian (1963-1969)
10. Boris Spassky Most famous for losing his throne to Fischer. (1969-1972)
11. Robert Fischer Perhaps the greatest chess genius of all time (1972-1975)
12. Anatoly Karpov Took the title from Fischer by Default. (1975-1985)
13. Garry Kasparov Russia Perhaps the strongest player ever.. At age 40 he is over his prime. (1985- 2000)
14. Vladimir Kramnik Russia Perhaps the future King of the HIll (2000-current)
Russia, or the former Soviet Union Wins the prize for the most World Champions!

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