This is my subjective list of who I think are the best defensive players. It’s very hard to objectively compare the defensive skills of different players across different eras.
As with all aspects of chess I think defensive skills have improved with the invention of computer chess and the introduction of engines to help us analyse our games.
With that being said I believe players should still be judged by what they did against their contemporaries. Once again this list is highly subjective, if you have your own list please post it in the comment section below.
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