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Check out the YouTube video where Alexandra Kosteniuk beats Judit (not Judith) Polgar in blitz. Very, very pretty endgame - and not just because A. Kosteniuk is one of the players!
Hard work can defeat talent.
Even if we play chess for more than twice the years Kasparov played, it's simply impossible to par him. Talent means a thousand years of toils of skill learning, King Amshu Verma said. Both A Kos~ and J Pol~ are talented. Blitz doesnt show the true strenght, not even in the engines!
The "Polgar sisters have no talent" is a quote from their father. Which makes it really good internet bait for the sanctimonious who think that this is dissing the Polgar sisters...
I've never read the actual interview where this is supposed to have been said, but it is often claimed that Kasparov said that the Polgar sisters were just like "trained dogs", and that Nigel Short after this referred to Judit Polgar as "Lassie".
Morphy was a player who "got it" during his time. However today he would have major problems dealing with the Sicilian, The French Defense, Caro Khan, Kings Indian, and I could name many more openings.
Even given time to study these openings--he very likely would be out of his element.
After being here via time machine for one year--his playing strength would be approximately 2373.
I once read that Judit Polgar has an IQ of 170 (or was it 180?). Even if she has "no talent", she has some capacity to excel in this boardgame where others cannot.
In an age where chess has lost its romance to a large degree, and moved more towards a memorization-table, hyper-modern style, we should be mindful of Paul's seemingly eidetic memory. This would seem to bode well for him for two reasons.
1. He would have the capacity to be on par with the great students and masters playing today.
2. He would be able to couple this leveling of the playing field with his creative ability to move a game away from book moves to get the true mettle of his opponent.
And as someone who believed that match play was the only way to really measure a player's strength, he would have the benefit of "learning" how his opponent held up once moved out of their comfort lines.
He was a master at this. Figuring out his opponent's weaknesses and exploiting them. Once out in open water, he would likely manipulate the games to his advantage.
Of course this is a theoretical transposition of second hand knowledge of the hero from New Orleans, but it stands to reason that he would find a way to make his opponents play "his" game, even in this modern age.
But to someone else's point (Sarah Beth's?), he most probably would not have been interested in the sport in today's culture. He endulged as a recreation that fit into his mildly aristocratic society. He'd be too busy figuring out how to cure cancer or something.
The very best chess players in the world all seem to have social a/o emotional issues.
Autism and execeptional chess skill seem to go hand in glove.
This arguement really can never come to any serious conclusion.
I can related it to another competitive area that I know a bit about as well. Look at more physical sports where the changes are more visible.
How would boxers of old fair against more modern champions? There are fighters that were dominate in their time but you can just look at them and see that there have been major changes in training. ALL physical sports have increased in tempo. Athletes have increased in strength and technique which has in turn increased the tempo and strength of any game. Talent has always been a factor of any activity and this is not something that can be taught (sorry Polgars) but this is only a minor factor that can seperate the very top players while most players can be trained to achieve a very high standard of any sport.
With modern techniques and training morphy would have been a great player but its impossible to compare groups since talent is just another variable and the differences would have resulted in a very small differences among top players.
I will say that one key factor that I think might not have him in the top is his emotional stablity issues. Fischer had them too but overcame them long enough to reach the peak level but could not maintain the control for long term.
Did you just say that the Polgar sister have no talent?
Yeah that's pretty ludicrous, especially considering that all became titled players, and Judit became GM at 15.
morphy can play 8 blindfold chess games at a time...Carlesen once played 100 at the same time against 100 GMs and won them all
If Morphy came back today there would be hundreds of players who beat him. The average master would beat him.
Why? Because chess theory and opening theory has greatly advanced since Morphy's day. What would Morphy do when confronted with a player [master] playing the master's pet line of the Sicilian Defense?
Also, the world population has grown and there are many more very strong players today.
Morphy was best in a much smaller world which contained players who were much less strong than modern players.
The better question would be what would happen if Morphy came back and was given the internet and the available opening theory and other resources we have today?
My guess is after a year of such study, Morphy might be playing at the 2300 to 2350 level today.
What would happen if Fischer came back today and decided to play? There would be about 30 players who would out class him. There is a reason, Fischer chose the rematch with Spassky when Spassky was rated about 100 on the rating list.
Fischer would need to study the latest theory for a long time to even have a chance to be a contender among todays supergrandmasters or to be in the top 12 of supergrandmasters.
Very rich imagination the one you've got there.
the engines pwn hard
He'd have to read so many classics, (Chess Fundamentals, My System, Chess Praxis, Soviet Middlegame Technique, Alekhine's Best Games, a buttload of endgame books, etc.) to catch up. It would take a few years.
Of course Morphy at least a 2688 player relative to the pool he was actually playing against, And that's what ratings measure. Of course Morphy's play was weaker than the today's grandmasters. They have had Morphy's games to study--and Lasker's and Capablanca's and Rubinstein and Alekhine and Botvinnic etc., etc. Those old master wrote the textbooks for succeeding generations of grandmasters. But if a Morphy, a Lasker, or a Capablanca were ti be reborn today and take up chess as children, they would all be around 2800.
To this day Morphy is an unsurpassed master of the open games. Just how great was his significance is evident from the fact that after Morphy nothing substantially new has been created in this field. Every player- from beginner to master- should in his practice return again and again to the games of the American genius
Totally agree! I might not know Morphy's elo rating but I know studying his games I became a strong player rated 2110 uscf was my highest rating, not bad.
I believing going over his four games , to my estimate Morphy will have no problem with strong FIDE masters, give him a year and he will be force to be reckon with against IMs and GMs; Morphy calculation and his imagination was incredible plus his photographic- memory: in two years he would be the top ten players. Playing blindfold agaimst eight masters is incredible feat, and Morphy doesn't not make a one blunder and today 2700-2800 GM made one move blunder and one and GM at 2700 level in blindfold game made one move blunder. Easily Morphy can be one of top ten player, just give him time within two years top ten.
Morphy was by far the best in a small field of weak players.
Today, if he played today, he would have to play against a large field of strong players. Players who have had all sorts of advantages Morphy could not have dreamed of having.
Who is Carlesen? I guess blindfold chess champion or else how could he have accomplished such an unimaginable feat?! Is he from Sweden?!
I am a big fan of the past masters, it was their creativity, originality of ideas and because of them we can play chess properly. Here is a game from Steinitz and Anderssen match 1966, a strong FIDE master comment on this game and he was completely wrong, he did not understand the middlegame planning and the attack was beyond his ability. It show that given Anderssen a chance to play against the current masters, they will be own by these past chess genius. Morphy would have no problems beating FIDE master, and I can safely say the same for Kolisch, Paulsen, Steinitz, Blackburne, Pillsbury, Tarrasch, Zukertort, and other great past masters.
If Fide master lack knowledge in such a game and could not form a correct plan, a Anderssen, Morphy, Steinitz and Blackburne and other past masters will crush these modern master. Opening mean nothing to a chess genius abilities. Many rated Anderssen a mere 2000 to 2100 elo, I NEVER seen a expert play in such high caliber, this attack is grandmaster level and Anderssen planning is very original. Players can have an opinion without facts and I bet they never played over any of the great past masters games, just blah, blah and more blah.
Morphy might have its weaknesses but he had incredible ability to understand a position, his calculation and imagination was unequal to any modern masters; to suggest that Morphy beat just patzers is to undermine his accomplishments. If you look at Paulsen, Bird and Anderssen games after 1860s, they improve tremendously and they contribute to opening, just Paulsen alone help develop the Sicilian defense and other opening and defenses.
All those doubters, IMs and GMs making one move blunders, very rare in a past master; their calculation was nearly perfect.
I have no doubt that Morphy will give a few lesson to this IM.
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