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  3. Best Chess Players (relative to their peers)

As you might have seen, there is already a thread on Best Chess Players. Carlsen won that, and he is best based on raw playing strength. However, what if we analyzed the best chess player relative to the chess players' peers? Because this thread is about that, there are 15 players that are on this list. Similar rules as in the Best Chess Players thread:

We will start with the 15 best chess players relative to their peers and each will have 25 lives. Every 24 hours you can down-vote a player, giving them -2 lives, and up-vote a player, giving them +1 life. Every time after you vote, copy and paste the last person's 15 players and their lives and then subtract 2 from a player and add 1 to a player. Last person standing wins!

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 25
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 25
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 25
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 25
Boris Spassky - 25

Please obey the rules listed above and do not troll. Will Carlsen win again?

Carlsen isn't that dominant. Morphy was, though. Upvote Morphy, Downvote Carlsen.

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 26
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 23
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 25
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 25
Boris Spassky - 25

How did you determine these players? And if you have ancient history like Philidor in there, where's Greco?

Downvote Morphy because he wasn't considered to be too good of a player (by grandmasters of that time), just had a interesting way to think about the game. Upvote Bobby Fischer as he was really good at any playing style, he had better understanding of chess than any other player (I think he's still probably the best chess player of all time).

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 24
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 23
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 26
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 25
Boris Spassky - 25

Btw. Your voting mechanism is a bit broken, as it is possible to downvote all players to 0, as the downvote is stronger than the upvote.

UP Carlsen DOWN Staunton

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 24
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 24
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 26
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 23
Boris Spassky - 25

Up Morp^hy, Down Carlsen

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 25
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 22
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 26
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 23
Boris Spassky - 25

Up Morphy (definitely the most dominating player at his time), down Bobby Fischer, an American nutjob who was crushed by healthy Tal and was inferior to Efim Geller.

Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 26
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 22
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Bobby Fischer - 24
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 25
Howard Staunton - 23
Boris Spassky - 25

corrected below

@GMScuzzBall: Please read the original post first before you start talking about bad math, I understand that you are angry because I slammed your american role model who happens to be an overrated nutjob but you should still read the post and If possible get your math right so the other players won t copy your mistake, thank you.

@rayquaza your right and I am wrong (well about math anyway)

Up Fisher (definitely the most dominating player at his time), down Philidor. (fixed rayquaza bad math)

Bobby Fischer - 25
Emmanuel Lasker - 25
Paul Morphy - 26
Wilhelm Steinitz - 25
Jose Capablanca - 25
Anatoly Karpov - 25
Garry Kasparov - 25
Magnus Carlsen - 22
Mikhail Tal - 25
Mikhail Botvinnik - 25
Vishy Anand - 25
Tigran Petrosian - 25
Francois-Andre Philidor - 23
Howard Staunton - 23
Boris Spassky - 25