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Most Dominant Player between 1840 and 2005 See more details
   Emanuel Lasker: 24.3 years as #1 (between June 1890 and December 1926)
The player who was ranked #1 most often between 1840 and 2005 was Emanuel Lasker, with 292 different months as the top-ranked player (a total of 24.3 years). Next on the list were Garry Kasparov (21.9 years) and Wilhelm Steinitz (14.4 years).

Highest-Rated Player between 1840 and 2005 Summary only | Top 5 | Top 10 | Top 20 | Top 50 | Top 100
   Bobby Fischer: 2895 (October 1971)
The player who achieved the highest peak rating between 1840 and 2005 was Bobby Fischer, with a rating of 2895 on the October 1971 list. The next-highest peak ratings between 1840 and 2005 were achieved by Garry Kasparov (2886 on the March 1993 list) and Mikhail Botvinnik (2885 on the October 1945 list).
     Player Name       Peak Rating       World Rank (at time of Peak Rating)       Age (at time of Peak Rating)   
 #1    Bobby Fischer      2895      #1 on October 1971 rating list      28y7m   
 #2    Garry Kasparov      2886      #1 on March 1993 rating list      29y11m   
 #3    Mikhail Botvinnik      2885      #1 on October 1945 rating list      34y2m   
 #4    Emanuel Lasker      2878      #1 on May 1894 rating list      25y5m   
 #5    Josť Capablanca      2877      #1 on May 1921 rating list      32y6m   

 #6    Alexander Alekhine      2860      #1 on May 1931 rating list      38y7m   
 #7    Anatoly Karpov      2848      #2 on March 1989 rating list      37y10m   
 #8    Viswanathan Anand      2833      #2 on March 1999 rating list      29y3m   
 #9    Vladimir Kramnik      2826      #2 on August 2001 rating list      26y2m   
 #10    Wilhelm Steinitz      2826      #1 on April 1876 rating list      39y11m   

Strongest Tournament between 1840 and 2005 See more details
   Vienna, 1882: Class 21 (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10)
The strongest tournament held between 1840 and 2005 was Vienna 1882. This was a Class 21 tournament, including nine of the top ten players in the world (from the May 1882 rating list). The next-strongest tournaments were Linares 1993 (Class 21) and Nottingham 1936 (Class 20).

Strongest Match between 1840 and 2005 See more details
   Karpov-Kasparov V (World Championship, Lyon/New York), 1990: #1 vs #2
The strongest match held between 1840 and 2005 was Karpov-Kasparov V (World Championship, Lyon/New York), 1990. This was a matchup of #1 vs #2, including #1 Garry Kasparov (2877) and #2 Anatoly Karpov (2827) from the October 1990 rating list. Next on the list were Karpov-Kasparov III (World Championship, London/Leningrad), 1986 (#1 vs #2) and Karpov-Kasparov IV (World Championship, Sevilla), 1987 (#1 vs #2).

Best Individual Event Performance between 1840 and 2005 See more details
   Anatoly Karpov: 2899 in Linares, 1994
The best individual event performance between 1840 and 2005 was achieved by Anatoly Karpov with a Chessmetrics Performance Rating of 2899 in Linares, 1994. The next-best individual event performances were achieved by Bobby Fischer (2887 performance) in Fischer-Larsen Match (Candidates semifinal, Denver), 1971, and by Emanuel Lasker (2882 performance) in Lasker-Steinitz II (World Championship, Moscow), 1896.