March Madness G.O.A.T. (Final 4)

March Madness G.O.A.T. (Final 4)

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Championship has started

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 3.

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

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

Round 3 Upsets: Korchnoi (47%) over Aronian.


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 3/29.  



1A Garry Kasparov

4B Magnus Carlsen

Round of 32

Nakamura (96%)

Steinitz (92%)

Sweet 16

Topalov (100%)

Botvinnik (78%)

Elite 8

Fischer (62%)

Alekhine (54%)


World Champion 1985-93 (undisputed)
World Champion 1993-2000 (classical)
No. 1 for 225/228 months  (1986-2005)
Peak rating 2851
Most consecutive tournament wins (15)

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





3B Victor Korchnoi

2D Jose Capablanca

Round of 32

Maroczy (88%)

Svidler (92%)

Sweet 16

Anand (34%)

Smyslov (84%)

Elite 8

Aronian (47%)

Spassky (82%)


[Arguably the strongest player to
 never become World Champion]

World Champion 1921-1927


Soviet Union



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