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March Madness G.O.A.T. (Elite 8)

FINAL 4 has begun!

 

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

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


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

For this and future rounds just list the player names.  

Votes will tally at approximately 8:00 PM PDT on 3/26.  

 Group A: Highlighted Match-up!

Group B
 

4B Magnus Carlsen

2B Alexander Alekhine

Round of 32

Steinitz (92%)

Bronstein (79%)

Sweet 16

Botvinnik (78%)

Tal (53%)

Titles

World Champion 2013-present
World Blitz Champion 2009
World #1 parts of '10-'11, '11-present

World Champion 1927-1935, 1937-1946

Country

Norway

Russian Empire
France

Group C
 

5C Levon Aronian

3C Victor Korchnoi

Round of 32

Keres (46%)

Maroczy (88%)

Sweet 16

Lasker (44%)

Anand (34%)

Titles

World Rapid Champion 2009

World Blitz Champion 2010

[Arguably the strongest player to never become World Champion]

Country

Armenia

Soviet Union

Switzerland

Group D
 

5D Boris Spassky

2D José Capablanca

Round of 32

Petrosian (58%)

Svidler (92%)

Sweet 16

Karpov (28%)

Smyslov (84%)

Titles

World Champion 1969-1972

Youngest GM Ever 1955-1958

World Champion 1921-1927

Country

Soviet Union

France

Russia

Cuba

Comments


  • 4 months ago

    CM smarterchess

    FINAL 4 has begun!

  • 4 months ago

    SJM1

    Fischer, Alkhenine, Aronian, Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    I_Am_Second

    I know this is for fun, but how Reshevky didnt make it, and svidler did doesnt make sense

  • 4 months ago

    KingofStalemate

    spassky v karpov round of 16

    alekhine v tal round of 16

    kasparov v fischer quarters

    I do wonder how the seeds were determined...

  • 4 months ago

    pippy88

     Seeding Karparov and Fischer to meet in the Quarter Final is quite silly. Also, no Karpov in the Quarter Final is ludicrous. - he truly is right - what should be the finals is in the quarter-finals??????

  • 4 months ago

    pippy88

    Kasparov, Alekhine, Aronian, Spassky

  • 4 months ago

    Pippychess

    Kasparov, Alekhine, Aronian, Spassky

  • 4 months ago

    leahvu

    fischer, carlsen, korchnoi, capablanca Spassky Aronian

  • 4 months ago

    magic-yak

    Kasparov Carlsen abstain Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    EscapedGoblin

    Kasparov, Alekhine, Aronian, Spassky

  • 4 months ago

    Irakleitos

    Kasparov, Carlsen, Aronian, Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    Kevsterr

    Kasparov, Alekhine, Aronian, Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    caesarsecundus

    Kasparov,Alekhine,Korchnoi,Capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    root_of_unity

    Kasparov, Carlsen, Korchnoi, Spassky

  • 4 months ago

    Anubhav_2000

    fischer, carlsen, korchnoi, capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    AdarshIsMe

    fischer

    carlesen

    aronian

    capablanca

  • 4 months ago

    Knight_of_la_mancha

    Fischer

    Alekhine

    Aronian

    Spassky

  • 4 months ago

    elo123

    That is not a typo, the percentages are just how likely the random number generator is to pick that person; our votes only increase the probabilities.

  • 4 months ago

    swamphog1

    Must be a typo in the Spassky win over Karpov, says 28%

  • 4 months ago

    goggles

    Fischer, Carlsen, Aronian, Spassky

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