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Karpov-Kasparov of course, butFischer-Tal must be tops for short-lived intensity IMHO.Bronstein-Botvinnik was a clash of worldviews. Nakamura-Caruana will throw some sparks next year, I predict.
The best regional rivalry, however, may be the one left in Texas after the chess Annie Oakley pulled up stakes and packed off her guns for the heartland. Brownsville, Dallas/Richardson, Lubbock... Gives the term "Draw!" a whole new meaning.
Bill Gates vs. Al GoreMadonna vs. John LennonFrank Sinatra vs. Bob DylanLudwig van Beethoven vs. Ray CharlesSalvador Dali vs. Marcel DuchampCher vs. Enrico CarusoWoody Allen vs. Robin WilliamsMarilyn Monroe vs. Brooke ShieldsMarlon Brando vs. Mikhael BaryshnikovCharlie Chaplin vs. John WayneLewis Carroll vs. Oscar WildeWilt Chamberlain vs. John McEnroeAl Capone vs. Howard SternPope John Paul II vs. Giovanni Casanova
Kasparov-KarpovFischer-Spassky ( short-lived but memorable)Anand-3 Ks
Thomas Oliver - calvin amariBorislav Ivanov - The World
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