Chess Marches On

In the chessworld there have been a remarkable number of talented super masters who have enriched the game with both originality of style, strategic concepts, extraordinary performances of endurance and mental magic that have soared like eagles across the 64 squares time and again through the ages. It is a remarkable testament to the game that many of these performances and battles waged have been recorded for all to enjoy, whether it be the game scores or descriptive recorded events by those viewing the activities and events.

It is difficult to classify the comparative strengths of thes players as each era has produced their own list of chess stars. Times change and historical knowledge is entrapped as in a balloon to be ever expanded with the breath of new life until it bursts on the scene spilling forth like flowing rivers into every society. Trying to compare players from different eras is like trying to compare apples and oranges or lemons and limes. It is pretty much impossible given the facts that each era was greatly influenced by the literature of the past and of the day, technical advances of modern travel, instant internet coverage of live world tournaments or matches resulting in ever more competitions and games available for the world chess community. Indeed, today we have the unique experience unlike those of past generations to get instant gratification from viewing live games, deep analysis from master commentary, and to review games often at our leisure.

Great players we know only from their published games like McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Staunton, Morphy, Anderssen, Dufresne, Blackburne, Steinitz, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Lasker, Rubinstein, Bernstein, Capablanca, Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Tarrasch, Marshall, Bogoljubow, Reti, Spielmann, Maroczy, Botvinnik, Fine, Reshevsky, Euwe, Keres, Najdorf, Smyslov, Bronstein, Tal, Fischer, Karpov, Korchnoi, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and new blood emerging even as I write this. Certainly this proves that chess is not dead but continues to flourish with new ideas and old concepts revisited where new angles are applied to old strategies and tactics.

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