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Top 20 highest ELO ever


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    fyy0r

    Impressive stuff.  But what's more impressive?

    Garry Kasparov still #1 after over a 10 years

    Magnus Carlsen at #2 and only being 20 years old

    Or Bobby Fischer still in the top 10 for almost 40 years?

     

    It's interesting looking at it, and scrolling through "Year-month" column, seeing 2006, 2011, 2010 and then BAM 1972

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    homosapien

    Capablanca would have had the highest rating if the system existed back then. he didnt lose a match for many many years in his chess career till I think reti beat him.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    fabelhaft

    The most impressive thing is that Eljanov managed to get on that list :-)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6

    fabelhaft

    Fischer might have reached 2800 if he had kept playing, but it was very hard to do that with so few 2600 players around. Fischer lost points in his match against Spassky and would have had to beat Karpov clearly just to stay in the 2780s.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8

    fabelhaft

    Reb wrote:
    fabelhaft wrote:

    Fischer might have reached 2800 if he had kept playing, but it was very hard to do that with so few 2600 players around. Fischer lost points in his match against Spassky and would have had to beat Karpov clearly just to stay in the 2780s.


    This is an interesting point. Spassky was second in rating in 1972 and 100 ( or more ) points lower than Fischer !  I don't know who was 3rd and 4th in rating about that time ? I suspect maybe Korchnoi, Petrosian ? I also wonder what was Karpov's rating in 1975 when the match with Fischer should have taken place ? 


    In 1975 Karpov had reached as high as 2705 but he fell below 2700 the following years. The only 2650 player in 1975 apart from Fischer and Karpov was Korchnoi with 2655.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    goldendog

    1970 FIDE rating list. Top 7 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2720
      2-3 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2670
          Korchnoi, Viktor..................   URS  2670
      4-5 Geller, Efim......................   URS  2660
          Keres, Paul.......................   URS  2660
      6-7 Larsen, Bent......................   DEN  2650
          Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2650
     
      January 1971 FIDE rating list. Top 9 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2740
        2 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2690
      3-4 Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2660
          Larsen, Bent......................   DEN  2660
        5 Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2640
      6-9 Portisch, Lajos...................   HUN  2630
          Botvinnik. Mikhail................   URS  2630
          Geller, Efim......................   URS  2630
          Polugaevsky, Lev..................   URS  2630
     
      July 1971 FIDE rating list. Top 6 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2760
        2 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2690
        3 Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2670
        4 Larsen, Bent......................   DEN  2660
      5-6 Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2640
          Polugaevsky, Lev..................   URS  2640
     
      July 1972 FIDE rating list. Top 6 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2785
        2 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2660
      3-4 Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2645
          Polugaevsky, Lev..................   URS  2645
      5-6 Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2640
          Portisch, Lajos...................   HUN  2640
     
      July 1973 FIDE rating list. Top 6 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2780
      2-3 Karpov, Anatoly...................   URS  2660 
          Tal, Mikhail......................   URS  2660
        4 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2655
      5-6 Portisch, Lajos...................   HUN  2650
          Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2650
     
      May 1974 FIDE rating list. Top 6 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2780
        2 Karpov, Anatoly...................   URS  2700 
        3 Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2670
        4 Spassky, Boris....................   URS  2650
        5 Portisch, Lajos...................   HUN  2645
        6 Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2640
     
      January 1975 FIDE rating list. Top 6 players
      
        1 Fischer Robert James..............   USA  2780
        2 Karpov, Anatoly...................   URS  2705
        3 Kortchnoi, Viktor.................   URS  2655
      4-6 Petrosian, Tigran.................   URS  2645
          Polugaevsky, Lev..................   URS  2645
          Tal, Mikhail......................   URS  2645

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12

    goldendog

    homosapien wrote:

    Capablanca would have had the highest rating if the system existed back then. he didnt lose a match for many many years in his chess career till I think reti beat him.


    In 1978 professor Elo published retrospective ratings of historical players. Capa got 2725, for a five-year period.

    edit: They were done before that though, as I recall seeing these ratings referenced in Evans' column in the early 70s.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    fabelhaft

    Fischer had a 50 point lead 1970-71 and then it was suddenly 125 after his incredible results in the qualification. It would have been difficult to keep such a lead and maybe it soon would have returned to the more "normal" numbers of 1970-71 if Fischer hadn't stopped playing.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14

    fyy0r

    fabelhaft wrote:

    Fischer lost points in his match against Spassky and would have had to beat Karpov clearly just to stay in the 2780s.


    Yeah, but I wonder if that woulda been the case if he didn't try and go for that pawn with his bishop in game 1 and didn't lose game 2 by forfeit.


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