Classical World Chess Champions

This video provides a history of the classical world chess champions from Wilhelm Steinitz through the current world chess champion Viswanathan Anand. A picture of each is shown along with the years they were champion and one quotation. The music, composed by Hans Zimmer, is Chevaliers de Sangreal.

***Disclaimer: I do not own the music by Hans Zimmer.***



  1. this video gave me chills. Isn't this the music from the Da Vinci code movie? Great vid, very inspiring.

  2. Who was the player that said:"Chess is 99% tactics" or something like that?

  3. ,,Chess is the high expression of the social mind."(V.I.Lenin)
    My favorite chess players:3Gary Kasparov 2Mikhail Tal 1Robert James Ficher
    And for the next World Champion;… I hope it will be Levon Aronian

  4. my favorite and i think the best ever chess player is kasparov…
    quote ( as i remember):
    "chess is like a life, if u don't sacrifice something, u won't get anything"

    "counter attack is always the best strategy, let ur opponent enter ur camp but they didnt realized that they are destroying themselves"

  5. The best quote ever is:

    "You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one” – Mikhail Tal

    This quote totally defines Tal's style of play ^^

  6. Alekhine and Capa were the BEST EVER!!!

  7. @AnderssenAdolf
    nice. Again one parallel with real life…

  8. Perhaps, Botvinik should be mentioned. 15 years at the very top. And ability to prepare and win with warious genious. (Tal, Smyslov, Bronstein etc.)

  9. mantap gan!!!!
    greetings from Indonesia gan!!

  10. "A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your oppenent dazed and confused." – Spielmann
    "Fame, I have already, now I need the money." – Steinitz
    "The great master places a Knight at e5; mate follows by itself." – Tartakower
    "Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it; checkmate ends the game." – Short
    "When I'm white I win because I am white, when I'm black I win because I am myself." – Bogoljubov
    "Chess is above all a fight" – Lasker

  11. "It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."-Tartakower
    "Are we out of book yet?"-Merlino
    "I'd rather have pawn than a finger."-Fine
    "Some part of a mistake is always correct."-Tartakower
    "Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all."-Fischer
    "Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack."-Steinitz
    "A good player is always lucky."-Capablanca
    "Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess."-Gerzadowicz
    "No one ever won a game by resigning."-Anonymous

  12. "One bad move nullifies forty good moves." – Horowitz
    "The earlier I can get my opponent into uncharted waters, the better." – Coleman
    "Excellence at chess is one mark of a scheming mind." – Sherlock Holmes
    "If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he's worse off." – Short
    "The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake." – Tartakower
    "I have never in my life played the French Defense, which is dullest of all openings." – Steinitz

  13. "Chess is a sport, a violent sport." – Marcel Duchamp
    "I played the Bird and the Dutch fairly often, because I hated memorizing openings." – Coleman
    "Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing." – Hubner
    "Before the endgame, the gods have placed the middlegame." – Tarrasch
    "Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf." – Purdy
    "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." – Tartakower
    "It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well." – Tarrasch

  14. "There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world." – Pierre Mac Orlan
    "The loser is always at fault." – Panov
    "I hardly ever calculate the play in detail." – Najdorf
    "The first principle of attack: Don't let the opponent develop." – Fine
    "Some Knights don't leap, they limp." – Tartakower
    "Only a good bishop can be sacrificed, a bad bishop can only be lost." – Razuvayev
    "To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game." – Tartakower

  15. "Why must I lose to this idiot?" – Nimzowitsch
    "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else." – Capablanca
    "Chess was Capablanca's mother tongue." – Reti
    "On the chessboard, lies and hipocrisy do not survive long." – Lasker
    "When the going gets tactical, the computers get going." – Hyatt
    "No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King." – Koblentz
    "The passed Pawn is a criminal that must be kept under lock and key." – Nimzowitsch

  16. "How come nobody plays 1.h4 anymore?" – Griffeath
    "Help your pieces so that they can help you." – Morphy
    "I think it's almost definite that the game is a draw theoretically." – Fischer
    "Even healthy, umcompromised majority must be able to yield a passed Pawn." – Nimzowitsch
    "Oh, I'm sorry, is it my move?" – Paulsen
    "The older I grow, the more I value Pawns." – Keres
    "All chessmasters can play one game blindfolded." – Koltanowski
    "The delight in gambits is a sign of chess youth." – Lasker

  17. the best chess quote I heard was an answer to this question: "what do you prefer? Chess or sex?" the answer: -"depends on the position" unknown author

  18. Omg at first i thought that was his life timeline for the first one lol

  19. I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
    ~Bobby Fischer

  20. favourite player: Tal
    best player: Kasparov
    best quote: "I never defeated a healthy opponent" — Tartakower

  21. 0:00 the good old wilhelm steinitz who died at the age of 8 being fat, balding and bearded ;D

  22. Perfect background music to add on these great thoughts. What is it?
    Anyway greetings from Serbia.

  23. One of my favorite and I think one of the most powerful quotes comes at the end of the recent 'Bobby Fischer Against The World':

    "He did it all by himself… he penetrated the secrets of chess in his shabby Brooklyn apartment… he was the best player who ever lived."

    – Shelby Lyman

    Jerry, who do you think is the strongest player ever?

  24. I feel Anand will made through this time also …and probably his last one !

  25. Garry's was the best, he will always remain a champion in my opinion. 

  26. chess is like life…
    The king has to take it one step at a time, while the queen can do whatever the hell she wants

  27. The nect worl champion is MAGNUS CARSLEN.

  28. I am so glad we have had so many brilliant players through chess history. They are all great and the background music makes this video exceptional.

  29. For me, I cannot see beyond Fischer as the greatest player of them all for the very fact that he had the 'Mission Impossible' to win the chess crown from the whole Soviet Union which no other person could possible do. He had World Champions and Grandmasters of the very highest order trying to prevent him taking the crown.. A whole continent of superstars could not stop him. However I don't think he was the most dominant World Champion. That has to go to someone who won the crown and held onto it time and time again until it could no longer be done. Who that is could be Steinitz Lasker, Botvinnik, Karpov,or Kasparov all these held the crown many times but Lasker really did hold it the longest that has to mean something surely.

  30. I was always a bad chess player but I like a lot to read about chess. Capablanca was one of the heroes of my childhood.

  31. Bobby Fischer –
    “I like the moment when I break a man's ego”
    Best Player – Jose Raul Capablanca

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