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World champion rivals

Tournament rivals of the world champions

Which players did the world champions meet most often in battle? Who were their most dangerous contemporaries? These counts are from Chess Informant's '200 greatest tournaments' and do not include world championship events or Olympiads.

Steinitz

Player Opponent Ct
Steinitz, W. Chigorin, M. 12
Steinitz, W. Pillsbury, H. 12
Steinitz, W. Lasker, Em 10
Steinitz, W. Blackburne, J. 6
Steinitz, W. Janowsky, D. 6
Steinitz, W. Schlechter, C. 6

Lasker

Player Opponent Ct
Lasker, Em Chigorin, M. 12
Lasker, Em Pillsbury, H. 12
Lasker, Em Steinitz, W. 10
Lasker, Em Capablanca, J. 10
Lasker, Em Janowsky, D. 9

Capablanca

Player Opponent Ct
Capablanca, J. Marshall, F. 15
Capablanca, J. Alekhine, A. 13
Capablanca, J. Spielmann, R. 11
Capablanca, J. Nimzowitsch, A. 10
Capablanca, J. Lasker, Em 10

Alekhine

Player Opponent Ct
Alekhine, A. Tartakower, S. 15
Alekhine, A. Capablanca, J. 13
Alekhine, A. Bogoljubov, E. 13
Alekhine, A. Nimzowitsch, A. 13
Alekhine, A. Spielmann, R. 12
Alekhine, A. Vidmar, M. 12

Euwe

Player Opponent Ct
Euwe, M. Tartakower, S. 8
Euwe, M. Bogoljubov, E. 7
Euwe, M. Capablanca, J. 6
Euwe, M. Spielmann, R. 5
Euwe, M. Alekhine, A. 5

Botvinnik

Player Opponent Ct
Botvinnik, M. Keres, P. 11
Botvinnik, M. Smyslov, V. 11
Botvinnik, M. Taimanov, M. 10
Botvinnik, M. Flohr, S. 10
Botvinnik, M. Lilienthal, A. 8
Botvinnik, M. Boleslavsky, I. 8

Smyslov

Player Opponent Ct
Smyslov, V. Geller, E. 17
Smyslov, V. Petrosian, T. 12
Smyslov, V. Keres, P. 12
Smyslov, V. Botvinnik, M. 11
Smyslov, V. Bronstein, D. 10
Smyslov, V. Boleslavsky, I. 10

Tal

Player Opponent Ct
Tal, M. Petrosian, T. 13
Tal, M. Spassky, B. 13
Tal, M. Karpov, An 12
Tal, M. Portisch, L. 12
Tal, M. Timman, J. 11

Petrosian

Player Opponent Ct
Petrosian, T. Spassky, B. 16
Petrosian, T. Geller, E. 14
Petrosian, T. Tal, M. 13
Petrosian, T. Smyslov, V. 12
Petrosian, T. Korchnoi, V. 12

Spassky

Player Opponent Ct
Spassky, B. Portisch, L. 22
Spassky, B. Larsen, B. 21
Spassky, B. Ljubojevic, Lj 19
Spassky, B. Karpov, An 18
Spassky, B. Timman, J. 18

Fischer

Player Opponent Ct
Fischer, R. Petrosian, T. 8
Fischer, R. Ivkov, B. 5
Fischer, R. Gligoric, S. 4
Fischer, R. Unzicker, W. 4
Fischer, R. Donner, J. 4

Karpov

Player Opponent Ct
Karpov, An Timman, J. 41
Karpov, An Portisch, L. 32
Karpov, An Ljubojevic, Lj 31
Karpov, An Andersson, U. 24
Karpov, An Beliavsky, A. 20

Kasparov

Player Opponent Ct
Kasparov, G. Timman, J. 25
Kasparov, G. Ivanchuk, V. 24
Kasparov, G. Short, N. 23
Kasparov, G. Kramnik, V. 23
Kasparov, G. Anand, V. 22

Khalifman

Player Opponent Ct
Khalifman, A. Anand, V. 6
Khalifman, A. Beliavsky, A. 5
Khalifman, A. Ivanchuk, V. 4
Khalifman, A. Kramnik, V. 4
Khalifman, A. Karpov, An 4
Khalifman, A. Ehlvest, J. 4
Khalifman, A. Kasparov, G. 4

Kramnik

Player Opponent Ct
Kramnik, V. Anand, V. 25
Kramnik, V. Topalov, V. 24
Kramnik, V. Ivanchuk, V. 23
Kramnik, V. Kasparov, G. 23
Kramnik, V. Shirov, A. 18

Anand

Player Opponent Ct
Anand, V. Kramnik, V. 25
Anand, V. Gelfand, B. 24
Anand, V. Ivanchuk, V. 24
Anand, V. Kasparov, G. 22
Anand, V. Topalov, V. 19

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