There are some very good players out there who have mastered the art of being the best at chess, but the fact remains that it’s a very tough, long, and expensive game.
It’s like playing the lottery, or getting an inheritance.
It’s a difficult business.
And yet, there are players who can compete with the best, and many of them have a solid track record.
Here are five players who are consistently ranked in the top 10 of chess, and yet have defied the odds to reach the top of the world.