I'm sure this has been a thread before; but I am interested who everyone's favorite chess player is. Maybe I can count up the results and create a poll for the most popular player. It's not limited to chess masters.
Personally, my favorite chess player is former-champion Tigran Petrosian. His defense yet active style is very misleading and creates an air of mystery around his games:
"Petrosian was the Defender in chess. He was the first grand master to demonstrate that almost any position could be defended. He showed that chess is a game with lots and lots of resources. Petrosian’s style was very sophisticated and hard to understand. There was something very mysterious about him…"
So who's your favorite player?