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March Madness G.O.A.T. (Round of 32)

Voting has ended for this round.

Sweet 16

March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck component to deciding who advances.  If 80% of fans pick player 1 and 20% of fans pick player 2, player 1 will have an 80% chance of advancing using a random number generator.

To vote simply pick one player from each match-up in a comment.  Votes will tally at approximately 12:00AM 3/22 PDT.

Example: 1a, 4a, 3a, 7a...

Feel free to also leave comments or persuasive arguments in the comments section.

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Full Bracket on Google Drive.


1A Garry Kasparov

   

1C Emanuel Lasker

 
 

 

   

 

8A Hikaru Nakamura

 

 

8C Judit Polgar

 

         

4A Veselin Topalov

   

4C Paul Keres

 
 

 

   

 

5A Harry Pillsbury

 

 

5C Levon Aronian

 

         

3A Vladimir Kramnik

   

3C Viktor Korchnoi

 
 

 

   

 

6A Lev Polugaevsky

 

 

6C Geza Maroczy

 

         

2A Bobby Fischer

   

2C Viswanathan Anand

 
 

 

   

 

7A Lajos Portisch

 

 

7C Boris Gelfand

 

         

1B Mikhail Botvinnik

   

1D Anatoly Karpov

 
 

 

   

 

8B Vugar Gashimov

 

 

8D Efim Geller

 

         

4B Magnus Carlsen

   

4D Tigran Petrosian

 
 

 

   

 

5B Wilhelm Steinitz

 

 

5D Boris Spassky

 

         

3B Vassily Ivanchuk

   

3D Vassily Smyslov

 
 

 

   

 

6B Mikhail Tal

 

 

6D Siegbert Tarrasch

 

         

2B Alexander Alekhine

   

2D Jose Capablanca

 
 

 

   

 

7B David Bronstein

 

 

7D Peter Svidler

 

Comments


  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Voting has ended for this round.

    Sweet 16

  • 6 months ago

    I_Am_Second

        16 minutes ago

    KingofStalemate

    I appreciate that you put this together, smarter chess, but i do wonder how you determnied the seeding. Fischer and Kasparov are the two best of all time.

     

    That is opinion

  • 6 months ago

    KingofStalemate

    I appreciate that you put this together, smarter chess, but i do wonder how you determnied the seeding. Fischer and Kasparov are the two best of all time.

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    24 votes in.  Closest match-ups in each group:

    A: Topalov 16 - Pillsbury 8

    B: Alekhine 19 - Bronstein 5

    C: Keres 13 - Aronian 11

    D: Petrosian 10 - Spassky 14, Smyslov 18 - Tarrasch 6

  • 6 months ago

    isaacthebird

    8A 4A 3A 2A 1B 4B 6B 7B 8C 5C 3C 2C 1D 5D  3D 2D I know picking Naka is crazy but I think he might win.

  • 6 months ago

    Pandapool

    1a, 4a, 3a, 2a, 1b, 4b, 6b, 2b, 1c, 4c, 3c, 2c, 1d, 4d, 6d, 2d

  • 6 months ago

    I_Am_Second

    1A, 5A, 3A, 2A

    1B, 4B, 6B, 2B

    1C, 4C, 3C, 2C

    1D, 4D, 3D, 2D

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    We are up to 21 voters now.  Polls close in about 13 hours.

  • 6 months ago

    agustinnr

    1a, 4a, 3a, 2a, 1b, 4b, 6b, 2b, 1c, 5c, 3c, 2c, 1d, 4d, 3d, 2d

  • 6 months ago

    MrMars

    1A
    4A
    6A
    2A

    1C
    4C
    6C
    7C


    1B
    4B
    6B
    2B

    1D
    5D
    3D
    2D

  • 6 months ago

    boristhecat

    What about Paul Morphy?

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Thanks Piyush for the Carlsen pick.  Carlsen might get knocked out... what about the other 15?  If you vote for Ivanchuk it increases his odds of advancing.

  • 6 months ago

    piyush013

    The whole thing is unfair but if you were to twist my arm I'd vote for 4B all the way. You cannot and should not compare Chess players from different generations for a GOAT discussion. For the record, the only reason that Carlsen wins over every one else is that even classical Chess has a time control. Without the time controls "NOBODY" beats 'Chucky' (yes not even Carlsen or Kasparov or my favorite Kramnik)! If you don't believe me, just take any modern day Chess engine and analyze positions for his games with any of the top players he's faced. The guy's a freaking genius, not to mention he never likes using a computer to analyze his games or 'stick to his guns' - "does anybody ever know what opening Chucky is going to play?"

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Goggles picks have been added.  Leavhu I asked to edit his comment for readability.

  • 6 months ago

    leahvu

    4D

     

     

    1D

    8A

    2A

    4B

    5B

    2B

    8C

    5C

     

    5D

    2D

    7D

  • 6 months ago

    goggles

    1a 4a 3a 2a

    1b 4b 6b 2b

    1C 4C 6C  2C

    1D 5D 6D 2D

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Keres - Aronian is tied at 9-9!

  • 6 months ago

    KingofStalemate

    A: 1 4 3 2 

    B: 1 4 6 2

    C: 1 4 3 2 

    D: 1 5 6 2

  • 6 months ago

    bagpiper123456

    1a, 5a, 3a, 2a,

    1b, 5b, 6b, 2b

    1c, 4c, 3c, 7c

    1d, 5d, 6d, 2d

  • 6 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    Thank you kascar.

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