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March Madness G.O.A.T. (Championship)

The polling is over!  

Capablanca won in an upset!

He had a 42% chance to beat Kasparov!

Thanks for voting!

 

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.

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Full Bracket on Google Drive.  Round 1.  Round 2.  Round 3.  Round 4.

Round 1 Upsets: Aronian (46% chance) over Keres. 

Round 2 Upsets: Aronian (44%) over Lasker.  Korchnoi (34%) over Anand.  Spassky (28%) over Karpov. 

Round 3 Upsets: Korchnoi (47%) over Aronian.

 

To vote simply pick one player from each match-up in a comment.  

For this round please list the player name.  

Votes will tally at approximately 8:00 PM PDT on 3/31.  


KASPAROV vs. CAPABLANCA

Stat 1, Last round --  Advantage Capablanca

Capablanca defeated Korchnoi last round with a 93% chance of winning

Kasparov defeated Carlsen last round with a 74% chance of winning


Stat 2, Chessmetrics -- Advantage Kasparov

1 year peak: Kasparov (2nd), Capablanca (4th)

5 year peak: Kasparov (1st), Capablanca (3rd)

10 year peak: Kasparov (1st), Capablanca (4th)

15 year peak: Kasparov (1st), Capablanca (4th)


Stat 3, Warriors of the Mind -- Advantage Kasparov

Comparing games between the 64 strongest players in history, Kasparov was ranked 1st and Capablanca 5th.


Stat 4, Moves played compared with computer -- Virtual Tie

Best year, Kasparov (3rd) Capablanca (5th)

Best 2 year, both tied 2nd-4th

Best 3 year, both tied 2nd-3rd

Best 5 year, Kasparov (1-2) Capablanca (3rd)

Best 10 year, Capablanca (1-2), Kasparov (4th)

Best 15 year, Capablanca (1st), Kasparov (4-5)


Stat 5, Years Champion -- Advantage Kasparov

Kasparov was the undisputed champion for 8 years, and the Classical Champion for another 7 years.  15 years in total according to most fans.

Capablanca was the champion for 6 years.

Comments


  • 4 months ago

    I_Am_Second

    Excellent victory!

  • 4 months ago

    SchickeriaMunchen

    kasparov

  • 4 months ago

    Pippychess

    Wow - both great but I think Kasparov would have routed Capa 

  • 4 months ago

    Mulaton

    Capa is a legend even in computers randomly picking. lolCool

  • 4 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Capablanca won, yay! He definitely deserves to win. Respect to all the peeps who voted for Capa, you know your chess history.

  • 4 months ago

    hpanic7342

    All hail our new machine overlord.

  • 4 months ago

    Roeczak

    YAY CAPA WON!!!

  • 4 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    The polling is over!  

    Capablanca won in an upset!

    He had a 42% chance to beat Kasparov!

    Thanks for voting!

  • 4 months ago

    caesarsecundus

    capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    leahvu

    kasparov

  • 4 months ago

    joncasals5

    Kasparov

  • 4 months ago

    Anubhav_2000

    capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    EricWang2000

    kasparov

  • 4 months ago

    NM TheIndianAttacker

    Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    "Warriors of the Mind" is an almost universally ridiculed book.  Just sayin'.

  • 4 months ago

    KingofStalemate

    This match will be decided by whichever player the random number generator wants to win.

  • 4 months ago

    simo66

    Kasparov

    That Kasparov was able to be so dominant in a time when chess was much better understood than Capablanca's era speaksx to his superior chess mind.  

  • 4 months ago

    MrMars

    why people voted kasparov>carlsen continues to amaze me.

    for that, i will vote for capablanca.

  • 4 months ago

    magic-yak

    Gotta go with cappa!

  • 4 months ago

    PDubya

    Kasparov.

    Definitely a worthwhile title match. 

    Capablanca's computer-like moves are based on his preference for relatively simple positions. He managed to avoid complexity for the most part, while Kasparov thrived on such situations. A match between these two would have been fascinating.

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