The best chess tournament ever


We want to hear from you! What is the best game in history?

We are happy to announce the “Best Game of Chess” tournament. We’ve identified 16 of the greatest and most acclaimed games of all time and categorized them into our tournament category.

Every two days we’ll be posting a new battle on our social media pages, and YOU have to vote for the game you think is the best. We’ll count the votes and update our range here. Stay tuned to see the full tournament progress!

How can I participate?

Easy! We will post, every two days, a battle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time / 6:00 p.m. Central European time. If you want to vote, just follow the instructions in the battle and vote with a like, retweet, or share. Votes will be counted when the next battle is posted and the winning game will move on to the next round of the tournament.

Easy, right?


round of 16:

  • Byrne-Fischer against Botvinnik-Tal (April 28)
  • Paul Morphy-Consultants vs Short-Timman (April 30)
  • Anderssen-Kieseritzky vs. Botvinnik-Capablanca (May 2)
  • Aronien-Anand against Lasker-Thomas (May 4)
  • Kasparov-Topalov against Carlsen-Ernst (May 6)
  • Polugaevsky-Nezhmetdinov against Steinitz-Von Bardeleben(May 8)
  • Rotlewi-Rubinstein v. Bogoljubov-Alekhine (May 10)
  • Karpov-Kasparov against Larsen-Spassky (May 12)
What’s the BEST chess game ever?


  • Byrne-Fischer against Morphy-Allies (May 14)
  • Botvinnik-Capablanca vs. Aronien-Anand (May 16)
  • Kasparov-Topalov vs. Polugaevsky-Nezhmetdinov (May 18)
  • Bogoljubov-Alekhine vs. Karpov-Kasparov (May 20)

Semi finals

  • Byrne-Fischer v. Aronien Anand (May 22)
  • Kasparov-Topalov vs. Karpov-Kasparov (May 24)


  • Aronian-Anand vs. Karpov-Kasparov (May 28)

What games are in competition?

Here is the list of games with all the masterpieces (with a link to our analysis table) to decide on the BEST game.

  • Donald Byrne vs. Bobby Fischer, New York, 1956
  • Garry Kasparov v Veselin Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 1999 (video analysis)
  • Paul Morphy against Allies, Paris, 1858 (analysis)
  • Polugaevsky against Nezhmetdinov, Sochi, 1958 (analysis)
  • Adolf Anderssen v Lionel Kiesertitzky, London, 1851 (video analysis)
  • Georg Rotlewi vs. Akiba Rubinstein, Lodz, 1907 (analysis)
  • Levon Aronian v Viswanathan Anand, Wijk aan Zee, 2013 (analysis)
  • Anatoly Karpov v Garry Kasparov, Moscow (Wch 16), 1985
  • Bent Larsen vs. Boris Spassky, Belgrade, 1970 (analysis)
  • Edward Lasker v George Thomas, London, 1912 (video analysis)
  • Efim Bogoljubov v Alexander Alekhine, Hastings, 1922 (analysis)
  • Mikhail Botvinnik vs. Jose Raul Capablanca, AVRO, 1938 (analysis)
  • Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Curt von Bardeleben, Hastings, 1895 (analysis)
  • Nigel Short vs. Jan Timman, Tilburg, 1991 (video analysis)
  • Mikhail Botvinnik vs. Mikhail Tal, Moscow (Wch 6), 1960 (analysis)
  • Magnus Carlsen v Sipke Ernst, Wijk aan Zee, 2004 (analysis)

If you have any questions or doubts, please, post comments here.


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