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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.

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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):

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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. Kouatly vs The World 1-032 2001 Kouatly vs. The WorldE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
5. Hao Yin vs The World 0-128 2001 Internet MatchA30 English, Symmetrical
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 WorldE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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. N Davies vs The World ½-½48 2008 Vote Chess MatchA20 English
15. A Nickel vs The World ½-½42 2008 Chessgames ChallengeB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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. The World vs N Pogonina ½-½62 2010 Chessgames ChallengeE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Carlsen vs The World 1-044 2010 RAW Chess ChallengeE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. Akobian vs The World ½-½32 2011 Chessgames ChallengeE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. The World vs Akobian 1-035 2012 Chessgames ChallengeB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Anand vs The World ½-½22 2012 Anand vs The WorldD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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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  plang: I see why the World would be interested but the suggestion that a strong GM would want to spend a lot of time and hire a suppor team to help him (her) seems unlikely. I think some GMs were attracted to the idea of trying to defeat the World (and all their computer firepower) using their superior chess knowledge without investing too much into it. That has recently proved difficult. I think GMs will be increasingly difficult to find to take part in these exercises.
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  cro777: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: "Who said endgames are boring? Try challenging me @DefiezMaxime!"

The current position:

Mar-31-15  BadKnight: <<AylerKupp:> It certainly would be interesting to find out. All we need to do is find a superstrong GM with lots of available time who is also sufficiently motivated to devote the time needed for the effort and who is also in a good financial position to be able to obtain the necessary computer resources and hire the needed staff to support him>>

I don't know what the result would be..i was contemplating being better at OTB chess cannot possibly put a team at a disadvantage, so a team of strong players should be better. Following the same logic, theoretically they should be at least equal to our team. Although it is a possibility that the game might be practically level in the current centaur format, as the minuscule advantage they might have might not be worth enough to convert into a full point. No matter how complex a chess game might have been, theoretically it is a finite game with a limited number of possibilities. gigantic number, yes, but finite. So it might be possible that the playing ability will be approximately leveled at centaur chess format. But that remains to be seen.

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  Absentee: Shouldn't we have a date of birth too? Something like "6000 BC - living"?
Mar-31-15  Petrosianic: Make it 4004 B.C. That was Bishop Ussher's number.
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  whiteshark: "The World is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

-- Albert Einstein

Apr-30-15  Whitehat1963: "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."

-- R.E.M.

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  whiteshark: "To be yourself in a <World> that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

-- R.W. Emerson

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Dec-16-15  SpiritedReposte: Wonder when we will have planet to planet chess games!? Then we can have GM (Galactic Master) Earth (9702) vs GM Saturn (9658) for the solar system championship.
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  HeMateMe: Do you feel that we'll have a sort of "solar move" competition against another planet, ala Fischer competing against Cuba by telex, before we have warp capability?
Dec-17-15  SpiritedReposte: I don't know but it would be a task to outplay a whole planet!
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  HeMateMe: Not the whole planet. We'll just play consultation against their Vulcans, the one's rated 4,000 or higher.
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  lost in space: "The world is my oyster“

Darth Vader

Dec-17-15  SpiritedReposte: Lol Somehow I think the <Chessgames Challenge> team would be up for it.
Jan-14-16  MarkoFunnani: I greet the world all the greetings.
Jan-14-16  MarkoFunnani: Happy birthday to every earthling celebrating their birthdays today!
Jan-14-16  MarkoFunnani: RIP all dead earthlings.
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  MarkFinan: <MarcoFunnani>.. Great name, buddy. Not as sharp as mine though, lol.
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  TheFocus: <MarkoFunnani> is your biggest fan, <MarkFinan>.
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  MarkFinan: My biggest fan is currently in the cafe on a pigeon English charm offensive, Nik haha. Those Brazilian people are weird.
Jan-18-16  MarkoFunnani: Hello world!
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  MarkFinan: Hello <MarcoFunnani> I love the originality of your username and would have voted for you in the crony awards but alas twas too late.
Apr-02-16  Lossmaster: A game between The World and NN is long overdue.
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  whiteshark: The end of The World is no longer what it used to be.
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