54 ( +1 | -1 ) could beAlso Korchnoi is a very good defender too. I remember reading one game analysis of a French defense and a sacrifice by white on h7. The annotator (who played and lost and white).
"How easy this is to play this in a simul. How hard it is to play it against Korchnoi."
Fisher played well some poor positions against Spassky. And I've seen Kasparov transpose a troubled endgame into a drawn endgame. I think they're all pretty good at defending.
But I don't think anybody played poor positions as well as Korchnoi did.
60 ( +1 | -1 ) If I remember correctly, the FIDE once established 4 annual awards, named after the 4 first world champions, to commend achievements in different areas of play:
Steinitz award - for best strategy Lasker award - for best defense Capablanca award - for best endgame play Alekhin award - for best attack
So at least according to FIDE, Lasker was the best defender of all times ... and I tend to agree with that. As for Petrossian, I don't think he was really the best defender, he merely played very carefully, trying to never give his opponent a chance to attack.
39 ( +1 | -1 ) Therewas a player in the former Yugoslavia called Trifunovic. (I forgot his first name) I remember he had an almost onbelieveable record. His loosing range was extremely low, still he played the best of his time. However Capablanca also hardly lost any games, so he should also be considered as a top defender!
57 ( +1 | -1 ) Trifunovic's first name was Petar. And here is what the Israeli GM V. Liberzon had to say about him in his memoirs:
"Trifunovic had the reputation of being able to draw at will. Everyone knows that when Petar offers you a draw, you should accept it, lest he gets angry! Once Tal played the King's Gambit against Trifunovic, intent on defeating him, but lost in 30 moves. In a tournament where we both participated, he finished all 15 of his games in draws. At the closing ceremony, I offered him to write a book 'My 100 best drawn games' "
45 ( +1 | -1 ) TrifunovicI played his grandson here in England and Trifunovic looked over his shoulder and looked bad when he didn't find the best move. He then told him what he should have done. I looked him up in a book afterwards and found that he was always drawing at the top level. He must have found chess an easy game to do that. (his grandson beat me in the end - he is called Alex and is around 2300 FIDE, not quite as good as his grandfather!!)
48 ( +1 | -1 ) Agree with zdrakIMO Lasker is the best defender. It's strange to go through Lasker's games and look at just how many unfavorable or even dead lost games he was able to salvage not only a half point but a full point.
Petrosian, IMO, was more of a master of prophylaxis. It was very difficult to win against Petrosian because he simply never gave opponents an opportunity to win. He did, however, have a weakness for strong, enterprising play which both Spassky and Fischer used to defeat him.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanksto both zdrak and kjhev, for there useful information :-))
7 ( +1 | -1 ) ITS TRUEITS CHESS COMRADE GEORGIAN GRANDMASTER PETROSIAN,HE'S TOUGH AS NAILS!
4 ( +1 | -1 ) THE NEXT ONEI WOULD SAY GRANDMASTER VICTOR KORCHNOI.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) My top 5......Korchnoi,Petrosian,Lasker,Steinitz,and Sclecter,all of whom I emulate in my own play.They would take on positions most of us wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.
9 ( +1 | -1 ) EdTigran Petrosyan - armenian GM, not georgian. I always suspected that geography is the dim subject for you:)
29 ( +1 | -1 ) Technically, Petrosian is indeed Georgian. He was born in Tiflis (Georgia) to a Georgian mother and Armenian father, lived in Georgia till he was 17, then spent 2 years in Armenia, then spent the rest of his life in Moscow. The Armenians however always claimed him, at least in spirit ...
18 ( +1 | -1 ) ZdrakYou have the point. However I believe that Petrosyan counted himself armenian. Right to say would be probably that technically Petrosyan was soviet GM, not georgian or armenian.
5 ( +1 | -1 ) TO TOVMAUZERWHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD I READ ABOUT HIM AS I DID OF ALL THE GRANDMASTERS!
6 ( +1 | -1 ) Sorry, EdMy long-awaited vodka bottle makes me impatient:)