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|Mar-03-14|| ||SteinitzLives: Lasker and Capablanca may not seem like an apples to oranges comparison, but so many "who was greater" debates are.|
Consider different eras each peaked in, and different competitors faced.
C'mon, they were both awesome.
|Mar-03-14|| ||devere: <capafischer1: Lasker was a great player. no doubt. But, it is my opinion and the best chess playing programs in the world that capa was the most accurate world champion ever and was the hardest to beat. you never mention their head to head record. I find that puzzling. I mean 6 wins to 2 is pretty convincing.>|
Outside of Havana their lifetime record was +2 -2 =6. Capablanca beat Kostic 5 straight in Havana, but in temperate climates they drew 5 times. Capablanca was impossible to play in Cuba without aircon. Off his native island he was merely very difficult. I guess Capa's big mistake was not playing Alekhine in Cuba!
|Mar-03-14|| ||FSR: <capafischer1: Lasker was a great player. no doubt. But, it is my opinion and the best chess playing programs in the world that capa was the most accurate world champion ever and was the hardest to beat.>|
What chess playing programs say that? Citations, please. The best chess engines in the world AFAIK are Komodo, Houdini, and Rybka. I am not aware of any assessment of your claim that any of them has ever done.
<you never mention their head to head record. I find that puzzling. I mean 6 wins to 2 is pretty convincing.>
The hell I don't. As I said here on March 1: <<capafischer1> I already responded to you, on this exact point, exactly one week ago at Capablanca vs Euwe, 1931>.
Since you are apparently unable or unwilling to do the slightest amount of work on your own, here it is again - for the third time:
Feb-22-14 FSR: <capafischer1> Capablanca had a +6 =16 -2 score against Lasker. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... That's 58.3%. Good, but not overwhelming. If Lasker and Capablanca were contemporaries, it would be decent evidence for the proposition that Capablanca was the stronger player. But they were not; Lasker was 20 years older. All but their first three games (at St. Petersburg 1914, where Lasker scored +1 =2) were played when Lasker was 52 or older. A 52-year-old playing a 32-year old is at a huge disadvantage. (Compare how Anand, almost 44 at the time, just got mauled by Carlsen, then almost 23, +0 =7 -3.)* And the disadvantage only increases as time goes on, for example when you have a 67-year-old playing a 47-year-old. That would normally be a rout. I'm not a statistician, but I strongly suspect that if you factor in their respective ages, Lasker's result was considerably <better> than would be expected.
*Fun fact: Carlsen's 65% score in this match was very similar to Capablanca's 64.3% score in Lasker-Capablanca World Championship Match (1921).
|Sep-05-14|| ||Phony Benoni: In the December, 1933 issue of "Chess Review", Chernev produced a page of "purely personal opinions. One I found particularly interesting was his choice for <Most Overrated Player>. It was one of the following|
Jose Raul Capablanca
Care to take a guess? Remember, this is 1933.
|Sep-05-14|| ||zanzibar: I would guess Alekhine, from the hint.|
|Sep-05-14|| ||OhioChessFan: I know Chernev fawned over Capa, so that leads me to believe he'd say Alekhine as overrated as a pox for beating his hero. |
Per the ongoing discussion, it is interesting to me how rarely Lasker is cited as the greatest ever, or even mentioned among a group of 5 or so contenders. His longevity is absolutely staggering.
|Sep-05-14|| ||zanzibar: <OCF> Maybe he did put the knock on Lasker?|
Apparently Chernev thought this the best chess game ever:
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922
(according to some kibitzing over there)
Which makes the choice of Alekhine seem less likely.
Lasker, I think, was to return to competitive chess in 1934 and show the world how amazingly capable he still was at a rather mature age.
|Sep-05-14|| ||zanzibar: OK, I cheated. Winter actually summarizes Chernev in a CN. |
Can't say I agree with Chernev on this, but times were different. I'd be interested to hear what others think on it.
|Sep-05-14|| ||Petrosianic: I don't have to guess, I know. Chernev's pick for most overrated player was Morphy.|
|Sep-05-14|| ||Petrosianic: <that leads me to believe he'd say Alekhine as overrated as a pox for beating his hero.>|
Not quite. In the same article, he named Alekhine as the most brilliant player ever.
|Sep-05-14|| ||Sally Simpson: The Chernev article of the Nov/Dec 1933 Chess Review. |
‘The perfect game is Réti-Kostić, Teplitz, 1922.
The most important game. Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895.
The most exhaustive – and exhausting – annotator is Tartakower.
The laziest. Lasker and Teichmann.
The most interesting matches were Alekhine-Bogoljubow, 1929, Tarrasch-Schlechter, 1911, and Capablanca-Euwe, 1931.
The most interesting combinative game was Alekhine-Cohn, Stockholm, 1912.
The coolest player under fire is Kashdan.
The perfect annotators are Alekhine, Marco and Grünfeld.
The game most interestingly annotated is Bernstein-Nimzowitsch, St Petersburg, 1914, by Marco in the Wiener Schachzeitung.
The most brilliant move was move no. 36 R-Q5, in the game between Alekhine and Tartakower, Vienna, 1922.
Perhaps the most overrated player was Morphy.
The most underrated player was Teichmann.
The greatest “natural” player was Zukertort.’
As Phoney Benoni says this is 1933 so don't start weeping because Fischer, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen are not given a mention.
I think I can disagree with every one of Chernev's 1933 choices and everyone will disagree with mine.
Morphy must come out top at the greatest 'natural' player, I'd have John Cochrane or David Janowski as the most underrated players.
The most overrated....don't have a clue....if pushed.....Henry Bird.
The most important game. was not Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895.
It was the first game played with the 'new' pieces in the Spanish Court
around about 1500. Just a little tweaking was required regarding pawn promotion and that was it. Perfection.
|Sep-06-14|| ||Phony Benoni: When I mentioned 1933, it was not to suggest Alekhine as the answer but to emphasize that these were relatively early opinions of Cnernev, and would not necessarily be those he evolved over the remaining 50 years of his life. Naming Reti vs B Kostic, 1922 "The Perfect Game" seems silly to us now, especially knowing his later choice of Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 as the "Greatest Ever".|
But his choice of Morphy as most overrated is interesting. I think it's not so much a knock on Morphy as on the prevailing attitude about him. There are many competent critics and strong players who suggest that in a set match Morphy would beat any man living. Chernev apparently disagreed.
|Sep-06-14|| ||offramp: <OhioChessFan:... Per the ongoing discussion... >|
What does per mean?
|Sep-06-14|| ||ljfyffe: <offramp>Excuse the intrusion. "As per", most likely.|
|Sep-06-14|| ||zanzibar: This usage is similar to apropos:
prep. With regard to; concerning:
<Apropos our date for lunch, I can't go.>
* * * * *
prep. 2. According to; by:
<Changes were made to the manuscript per the author's instructions.>
Usage has blended the two usages, and I think per is often used in place of apropos here is the US.
|Sep-09-14|| ||ljfyffe: Most over-rated personal opinions: Chernev.|
|May-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is not for the timid> - Chernev, Irving.|
|May-02-15|| ||offramp: He was the 142nd fastest gun in the west.|
|May-02-15|| ||Howard: Chernev, granted, did have a tendency to over-embellish.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Every Chess master was once a beginner> - Irving Chernev.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Play the move that forces the win in the simplest way. Leave the brilliancies to Alekhine, Keres and Tal> - Irving Chernev.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <If once a man delays castling and his king remains in the center, files will open up against him, bishops sweep the board, rooks will dominate the seventh rank, and pawns turn into queens> - Irving Chernev.|
|May-16-15|| ||TheFocus: <The sign of a great master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly> - Irving Chernev.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <A master looks at every move he would like to make, especially the impossible ones> - Irving Chernev.|
|Jan-29-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Irving Chernev!!
Thanks for some great books.
And some stinkers.
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