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

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

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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

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