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It always interest me: “How good old masters were?“ You know all the famous chess masters of early era of chess, where they would be now? What about Bird, Blackburne, Nimzovitch, Steinitz, Tarrash or even great ones as Aleknine, Lasker, Andersen Adolf, Capa ..etc? Everyone talk about their power, about their great play, but if they live now...? Can for example Alekhine beat Kramnik?
This site has quite a go at comparing chess players from different times:
Hours of fun, for the interested geek.
If he were alive, Alekhin would suck at chess. I mean come on, the guy would be 118, way past his prime obviously. It'd be already great if he'd remember the rules of the game.
Somewhere between a class C player and the best ever
he wouldnt be as good as capa would be if capa was still alive
Another time machine thread...
Alekhine defence FTW
Actually, if his time machine made it through the wreckage of Morphy and Fischer's recent crash, he would arrive here only to find his own understanding along with that of all contemporary players reduced to that of a modern-day 2000 player due to Philidor's recent arrival (leaving his own time and depriving the world of his legacy). Philidor would not be playing chess, he'd be marveling at the diversity of modern music and, playing synth/keyboards, join a black metal band.
That sounds just about right.
Only around the level of a 2200 player due to the advances in techniques, tactics, openings, endgames, strategies, etc. However, if he were to be compensated for the era in which he played, he would be the World Champion for a couple of years now and then lose the title to Magnus Carlsen.
Only around the level of a 2200 player due to the advances in techniques, tactics, openings, endgames, strategies, etc.
Ehem and I don't know. That every modern Fide master and above is better than Alekhine was ? I would think that he would be GM level.
GM ... I don't think so. Alekhine may have been more talented, but everyone from 2000+ has all the understanding, knowledge of theory, opening, etc.
But maybe he'd be more like 2400-2500.
Here we go.
He'd be good, and drunk, if he lived at my house
trysts i may not be good at chess but I can be drunk for sure.
I don't know exactly how good Alekhine would be at chess if he were alive today, but without booze, I'm sure he'd be just as dead today as yesterday.
Alekhine was often good and drunk, wherever he was. The man was a genius and I cringe when 1200ish players think that the old masters would be out of their depth at GM level.
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