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The World 
The World
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1996 to 2014
Overall record: +9 -7 =9 (54.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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Chess games allowing for consultation are almost as old as chess itself, but only with modern technology can participants from around the globe be unified to make a group-effort of a truly large scale. In 1996, Anatoly Karpov took on the challenge of playing "the World"--i.e., a group of internet participants which included a spectrum of abilities ranging from beginner to grandmaster. Karpov won the game in only 33 moves. "The World" has taken on a number of notable players, and it has always been a good learning exercise for those who choose to participate.

The results for "the World" had been poor until January 11th, 2007, when the internet scored its first major victory: over 2500 members of Chessgames collaborated to defeat correspondence grandmaster Arno Nickel. Then, on July 7th 2007, Yury Shulman resigned his game against the Chessgames members.

On August 11, 2008, after 62 moves and over a year of play, the World (via Chessgames) defeated the 15th world correspondence champion, Gert Jan Timmerman.

An article about the World Team written by User: hms123 in consultation with Team members appeared in the August 2011 issue of <Chess Life> (starting at page 32):

 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. The World vs Karpov 0-132 1996 01, Internet Match, FINB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. Kasparov vs The World 1-062 1999 Kasparov vs the WorldB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. The World vs Hao Yin ½-½44 2000 The World vs. Yin HaoC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. Hao Yin vs The World 0-128 2001 Internet MatchA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Kouatly vs The World 1-032 2001 Kouatly vs. The WorldE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. DeFirmian vs The World 0-152 2002 De Firmian-The WorldB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Carlsen vs The World ½-½31 2002 Carlsen-The NetC78 Ruy Lopez
8. J C Knudsen vs The World 0-121 2003 Knudsen- The WorldE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
9. The World vs Kosteniuk 0-133 2004 ?B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. The World vs S Iuldachev ½-½30 2004 corr TV gameC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
11. The World vs A Nickel 1-041 2006 Chessgames ChallengeB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. The World vs G Timmerman 1-062 2007 Chessgames ChallengeA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
13. Y Shulman vs The World 0-146 2007 Chessgames ChallengeE15 Queen's Indian
14. A Nickel vs The World ½-½42 2008 Chessgames ChallengeB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. N Davies vs The World ½-½48 2008 Vote Chess MatchA20 English
16. M Umansky vs The World ½-½36 2009 Chessgames ChallengeD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. N Pogonina vs The World 1-055 2009 Pogonina vs. WorldB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Carlsen vs The World 1-044 2010 RAW Chess ChallengeE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. The World vs N Pogonina ½-½62 2010 Chessgames ChallengeE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Akobian vs The World ½-½32 2011 Chessgames ChallengeE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. Anand vs The World ½-½22 2012 Anand vs The WorldD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. The World vs Akobian 1-035 2012 Chessgames ChallengeB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. Carlsen vs The World 1-038 2012 UNAM Carlsen-MundoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. S Williams vs The World 0-133 2013 Chessgames ChallengeA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. The World vs Naiditsch 1-036 2014 Chessgames ChallengeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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  whiteshark: There are two different kinds of people in The World: those who finish what they start, and
Aug-05-12  e4 resigns: The World Vs NN

<There are two different kinds of people in The World: those who finish what they start, and>


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  whiteshark: Beer, a reflection of The World economy!?

Nov-04-12  Xeroxx: What in the world are they spraying.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: 1 The World is everything that is the case. 
Dec-13-12  sipayi: What if one person in the world used a computer.(like robbolito, the strongest engine in the world)
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: 8 shopping days left until the end of The World
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Darn Mayans. I was all set to add a death date.
Dec-21-12  TheFocus: World keeps a'spinnin'.
Dec-21-12  TheFocus: Looking at that picture of the Earth at the top of the page, I can actually see my house.

The yard's a mess though.

Premium Chessgames Member
  NakoSonorense: The World didn't end. I want my money back!
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <Nakosonorense> Nope!

That money will be of good use for Asteroid Apophis:

Aug-05-13  GumboGambit: According to Rybka, The Hitler attacks should have been countered much more swiftly. Also, too much attention is paid to royal weddings, instead of curing cancer.
Nov-04-13  Dredge Rivers: <GumboGambit> According to Rybka, your posts make no sense! :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: Just recognized that my avatar is half the world ones?! What does that mean? Most probably half of the opposite of nothing
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: You may find yourself in another part of The World

And you may ask yourself <Well... how did I get here?>

May-12-14  Lossmaster: Playing against the World must be an exhausting simul.
Jul-14-14  SpiritedReposte: Bring back Pluto!
Jul-14-14  SpiritedReposte: The <Chessgames Challenge> team look undefeated scoring 7/9.

Y'all are tough to beat.

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  PinnedPiece: Not sure about mixing the internet "World" team with the Chessgames community "World" team results. I think more useful would be to have two "Worlds":

The World (i)
The World (CG)

Because the results are strikingly different; the coordination and method of play is different; the team makeup is different...

But if they must be combined, then how about The World challenging Magnus Carlsen to a rematch (first time ended in a draw).

If a major sponsor could somehow back the match with:

1) 15,000 somethings (krone???) to Carlsen should he win/10,000 lose or draw...


2) 6-month paid memberships to all World participants who voted in at least half of the moves should the World win...

Or something....

And of course publicize it every which way and Sunday since the CG world (+ computers) may currently represent the strongest player around.

---- --- -- ---- - -----

Maybe the World could play against the latest version of Stockfish....


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  OhioChessFan: <PiPi: Not sure about mixing the internet "World" team with the Chessgames community "World" team results. I think more useful would be to have two "Worlds": The World (i)
The World (CG)

I agree completely that they are not the same team, as do others who have discussed it during some of our World games. The delineation of (i) and (CG) is a nice solution to the problem. I know Pogo, for instance, insists on saying she has a winning record against The World since she beat a previous incarnation not from cg.c

Dec-05-14  SpiritedReposte: I gotta think cg has the best "world" team. I was a .0001% part in the current destruction of a world class GM and it is amazing the amount of analysis you guys go through. It went from a weird nothing forced position, to a pawn sac, then victory like magic.

I don't see how a single player could win against a cg team. Around the world you guys are calculating lines looking at new variations 24/7. It would take a like minded team to beat you, or a freak genius that could make moves you guys wouldn't see 10 moves in advance. Which you guys would see anyway, and have them fully analyzed lol.

Has anyone calculated the chessgames team rating? I'd guess 3500+

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  AylerKupp: <SpiritedReposte> I have calculate the World Team rating, several times, but most of them incorrectly since I had the wrong rating for V.Akobian for one of the games. But they would have been different at any rate, since FIDE changed its method of calculation for initial ratings as of July 1, 2014.

Here is my latest calculation after the World Team's victory over A.Naiditsch which I believe to be correct (as much as this calculation can be), using the OTB ratings for the OTB players and the correspondence rating for the correspondence players at the time that the games were played: The World vs Naiditsch, 2014.

And, in case you don't want to bother with the rating calculation method, I calculated the World Team's rating after the victory over A.Naiditsch to be 2730, resulting the World Team to be ranked as the #23 player in the world at the time of the calculation.

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  AylerKupp: <PinnedPiece>, <OhioChessFan> I think that it is reasonable to lump all the World Teams together. After all, even for the <>'s World Team, the membership in the team changes from game to game as do the players voting in each game, even though there is a core team that is relatively constant.
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