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alexmagnus
Member since Dec-06-04 · Last seen Aug-19-19
Hobby player (rated 1634).

If you feel misunderstood, feel free to say it.

My favourite players are: Magnus Carlsen, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno and Hanna-Marie Klek!

The domination list, based on the peak rating distance to the #10 player (official lists only, distance 50+ needed to "qualify"):

Kasparov 175 Jan 90
Fischer 160 Jul 72
Karpov 130 Jan 89
Carlsen 123 Mar 14
Kramnik 110 Jan 98
Tal 105 Jan 80
Ivanchuk 105 Jul 91
Anand 105 Jul 98
Korchnoi 95 Jan 80
Topalov 84 Jul 06
Caruana 80 Oct 14
Aronian 72 Mar 14
Spassky 70 Jan 71
Shirov 65 Jul 94
Gelfand 60 Jan 91
Kamsky 60 Jan 96 Jul 96
Morozevich 57 Jul 99
Portisch 55 Jan 80
Jussupow 55 Jul 86
Timman 55 Jan 90
So 53 Feb 17
Adams 52 Oct 00
Mamedyarov 52 Nov 18 Dec 18
Ding 51 Nov 18
Bareev 50 Jul 91
Vachier-Lagrave 50 Aug 16

#1 record distances to #2 (no qualification hurdle):

Fischer 125 (1972)
Kasparov 82 (January 2000)
Carlsen 74 (October 2013)
Karpov 65 (January 1982)
Topalov 34 (July 2006, October 2006)
Anand 23 (July 2007)

Women's "domination list" since July 2000:

J. Polgar 248 (April 2007)
Hou 160 (December 2015, February 2019)
Humpy 114 (October 2007)
S. Polgar 96 (January 2005)
Xie 92 (January 2005)
Ju 84 (July 2019)
A. Muzychuk 82 (August 2012)
Stefanova 76 (January 2003)
Galliamova 65 (January 2001)
Zhao 64 (September 2013)
Kosteniuk 58 (July 2006)
Lagno 58 (February 2019)
Chiburdanidze 57 (October 2000)
Cramling 56 (April 2007)
T. Kosintseva 56 (November 2010)
Zhu 52 (April 2007)
M. Muzychuk 52 (June 2019)
N. Kosintseva 51 (November 2010)
Goryachkina 51 (July 2019)

Earliest Soviet championship with living players: USSR Championship (1948) (Averbakh)

Earliest Interzonal with living players: Stockholm Interzonal (1952) (Averbakh, Matanovic)

Earliest Candidates with living players: Zurich Candidates (1953) (Averbakh)

Earliest WC match with living players: Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966) (Spassky)

Earliest WC match with living winner: Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969) (Spassky)

Earliest WC match with both players living: Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984/85)

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   alexmagnus has kibitzed 10892 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-19 alexmagnus chessforum
 
alexmagnus: <Sports Science/Technology/Other> So, what changed in snooker?
 
   Aug-08-19 Abu Dhabi Masters (2019) (replies)
 
alexmagnus: < Apparently, Kramnik's retirement was not to be taken all too literally and seriously.> When Kramnik retired he said that he will still play rapid or blitz events. But not longer classical.
 
   Aug-07-19 Ju Wenjun
 
alexmagnus: <She speaks English fluently which is not often with Chinese people.> The young generation in China speaks English actually quite well.
 
   Aug-03-19 Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava (replies)
 
alexmagnus: http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev... That's quite a rating chart... What happened?
 
   Aug-02-19 GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz (2019) (replies)
 
alexmagnus: Najdorf is for some reason rarely mentioned in this club. He left the absolute top early relative to the above mentioned (last top 20 at 60), but he stayed in the top 100 till 74 - only Korchnoi did longer (and unlike Korchnoi, he never disappeared from the top 100 before his ...
 
   Jul-29-19 Ian Nepomniachtchi
 
alexmagnus: <MissScarlett> His name (both first and last) was transliterated the French way (FIDE is really inconsistent with its transliteration of Russian names - at times it is French, at times German, at times English, at times - as in Karjakin's case - mixed). Ian/Yan is another ...
 
   Jul-26-19 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
 
alexmagnus: He came in and out of the top 10 many times already, since the first time he was out back in 2016.
 
   Jul-25-19 Grand Prix Riga (2019) (replies)
 
alexmagnus: You cannot keep your rating high with draws if you are world number 3, as each draw against anybody except against the top 2 decreases the rating :D
 
   Jul-22-19 Alireza Firouzja (replies)
 
alexmagnus: In 1960 it was 33.7. With Botvinnik and Keres pushing it high (but so did Anand in our era recently).
 
   Jul-19-19 Tigran Levonovich Petrosian (replies)
 
alexmagnus: It's the phenomenon I often mention here: due to a missing generation (those born around WW2), 1970s and early 1980s chess was dominated by players way past their primes - with exception of the aforementioned Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov. So when the young generation finally ...
 
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Jun-18-19
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  alexmagnus: After that remark I wondered when was the last time it happened (no teenager in the top 50). The answer is October 2000, when the best teenager - Ponomariov - was ranked 58-59.
Jul-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: European Union:

1. Giri 2779
2. Vachier-Lagrave 2775
3. Topalov 2740
4. Wojtaszek 2737
5. Rapport 2735
6. Navara 2734
7. Duda 2729
8. Howell 2697
9-10. Jones 2692
9-10. Sadler 2692

Former Soviet Union:

1. Nepomniachtchi 2775
2. Grischuk 2766
3. Mamedyarov 2765
4. Artemiev 2761
5. Radjabov 2759
6. Aronian 2756
7. Kramnik 2753
8. Karjakin 2748
9. Svidler 2737
10-11. Andreikin 2727
10-11. Vitiugov 2727

Former British Empire:

1. Caruana 2819
2. Anand 2764
3. So 2763
4. Domminguez 2760
5. Nakamura 2754
6. Harikrishna 2734
7. Shankland 2713
8. Amin 2707
9. Vidit 2703
10. Howell 2697

Asia:

1. Ding 2812
2. Anand 2764
3. Wei 2737
4. Yu 2736
5. Harikrishna 2734
6. Wang Hao 2725
7. Bu 2722
8. Le 2713
9. Vidit 2703
10. Wang Yue 2694

Born later than the world champion:

1. Caruana 2819
2. Ding 2812
3. Giri 2779
4. So 2763
5. Artemiev 2761
6. Wei 2737
7. Yu 2736
8. Rapport 2735
9. Duda 2729
10-11. Le 2713
10-11. Shankland 2713

Nuclear powers:

1. Caruana 2819
2. Ding 2812
3-4. Vachier-Lagrave 2775
3-4. Nepomniachtchi 2775
5. Grischuk 2766
6. Anand 2764
7. So 2763
8. Artemiev 2761
9. Dominguez 2760
10. Nakamura 2754

Jul-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Post-Communist (except USSR and China):

1. Topalov 2740
2. Wojtaszek 2737
3. Rapport 2735
4. Navara 2734
5. Duda 2729
6. Le 2713
7. Almasi 2687
8. Rausis 2686
9-10. Berkes 2681
9-10. Saric 2681

Latin America:

1. Cori 2686
2. Bruzon Batista 2661
3. Granda Zuniga 2644
4. Mareco 2641
5. Bachmann 2633
6. Quesada Perez, Yu. 2626
7. Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2625
8. Leitao 2616
9. Cordova 2615
10. Delgado Ramirez 2605

Jul-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Nordic/Baltic:

1. Carlsen 2872
2. Grandelius 2691
3. Kovalenko 2654
4. Hammer 2637
5. Tari 2620
6. Nielsen 2617
7. Andersen 2605
8. Hellers 2601
9. Agrest 2583
10. Neiksans 2581

Middle East:

1. Amin 2707
2-3. Firouzia 2685
2-3. Rodshtein 2685
4. Nabaty 2678
5. Gelfand 2676
6. Salem 2672
7. Maghsoodloo 2656
8. Ipatov 2650
9. Sutovsky 2643
10-11 Adly 2618
10-11 Yilmaz 2618

Jul-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Alpine World (includes: Austria, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland)

1. Ragger 2684
2. Lenic 2644
3. Milov 2598
4-5. Bogner 2584
4-5. Borisek 2584
6. Skoberne 2567
7. Pelletier 2565
8. Fontaine 2557
9. Pavasovic 2546
10. Dragnev 2535

Jul-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: The Old Guard:

1. Anand 2764
2. Kramnik 2753
3. Topalov 2740
4. Svidler 2737
5. Sadler 2692
6. Adams 2690
7. Almasi 2687
8. Rausis 2686
9. Ivanchuk 2684
10. Najer 2678

Jul-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: For my latest "superstitions letters" list, I present "the JR effect." J.R. Capablanca and R.J. Fischer had these letters and were among the greatest chess superstars of all time.

To qualify for this list, a player must have both a "j" and an "r" anywhere in the name. I have highlighted the first occurrence of these in each name below.

1. <R>ad<j>abov 2759

2. Ka<r><j>akin 2748

3. Wo<j>taszek, <R>adoslaw 2737

4. Duda, <J>an-K<r>zisztof 2729

5. <J>akovenko, Dmit<r>y 2711

6. Vidit, Santosh Gu<j><r>athi 2703

7. <J>ones, Gawain Ch<r>istopher Bernard 2692

8. Xiong, <J>effe<r>y 2691

9. Valle<j>o Pons, F<r>ancisco 2687

10. Co<r>i, <J>orge 2686

Aug-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: August:

European Union:

1. Giri 2779
2. Vachier-Lagrave 2778
3. Rapport 2747
4. Wojtaszek 2739
5. Topalov 2736
6. Duda 2730
7. Navara 2724
8. Howell 2697
9-10. Jones 2692
9-10. Sadler 2692

Former Soviet Union:

1. Nepomniachtchi 2774
2. Aronian 2765
3. Mamedyarov 2764
4. Grischuk 2759
5. Radjabov 2758
6. Artemiev 2757
7. Kramnik 2753
8. Karjakin 2750
9. Andreikin 2743
10. Svidler 2729

Former British Empire:

1. Caruana 2818
2. So 2776
3. Dominguez 2763
4. Anand 2756
5. Nakamura 2743
6. Harikrishna 2738
7. Shankland 2713
8. Vidit 2705
9. Xiong 2703
10. Howell 2697

Asia:

1. Ding 2805
2. Anand 2756
3. Yu 2752
4. Harikrishna 2738
5. Wei 2727
6. Le 2726
7. Bu 2721
8. Wang Hao 2720
9. Vidit 2705
10. Firouzja* 2702

*Firouzja is the first player born in the 21st century to make it to one of my lists.

Born later than the world champion:

1. Caruana 2818
2. Ding 2805
3. Giri 2779
4. So 2776
5. Artemiev 2757
6. Yu 2752
7. Rapport 2747
8. Duda 2730
9. Wei 2727
10. Le 2726

Nuclear powers:

1. Caruana 2818
2. Ding 2805
3. Vachier-Lagrave 2778
4. So 2776
5. Nepomniachtchi 2774
6. Dominguez 2763
7. Grischuk 2759
8. Artemiev 2757
9. Anand 2756
10. Kramnik 2753

Aug-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Hi <Alex> Well,it is you who knows a lot about rating and not me,so could you perhaps help me about a question I find rather interesting : do you know if the winrate white vs black,draws not counting,is approximately the same among woman,people in the area let us say 1400-1800 and those in the world elite ?

Thanks in advance and if you find you dont have time or otherwise,it is fine too !

All the best

-moro-

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: The "draws not counting" part is difficult.

I know that the <score> with white vs black is consistent at 53:47 at all levels from beginner to 2700 (but rises to 56-57% at the 2700+ level). Independent of the gender.

It is also known that the draw rate rises with the playing strength - while the expected score by a 1800 against a 1700 is the same as that by a 2800 against a 2700, the way <how> it will achieved is very different (in the 2800 vs 2700 case, there will be much more draws but fewer losses by the stronger player). Women at <top> (of women's chess - that is, 2450-2650) level also have a slightly higher rate of decisive games than men at the same level.

Now, what I don't know but need to know to answer your question is:

1) is "women play more decisive games than men" true at lower levels?

2) How are those extra decisive games distributed by color?

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Thank you very much for your answer <alexmagnus>!

Much appreciated.

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Post-Communist (except USSR, China):

1. Rapport 2747
2. Wojtaszek 2739
3. Topalov 2736
4. Duda 2730
5. Le 2726
6. Navara 2724
7. Almasi 2687
(Rausis 2685)*
8. Leko 2674
9. Laznicka 2667
10. Berkes 2666

*Rausis publicly admitted cheating and is under investigation.

Latin America:

1. Cori 2686
2. Granda Zuniga 2644
3. Bruzon Batista 2643
4. Mareco 2640
5. Iturrizaga Bonelli 2635
6. Bachmann 2633
7. Delgado Ramirez 2612
8. Leitao 2605
9. Flores 2604
10. Cordova 2599

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Nordic/Baltic:

1. Carlsen 2882
2. Grandelius 2691
3. Kovalenko 2654
4. Hammer 2635
5. Tari 2634
6. Nielsen 2617
7. Andersen 2603
8. Hellers 2601
9. Agrest 2583
10. Neiksans 2577

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Middle East:

1. Firouzja 2702
2. Amin 2692
3. Gelfand 2686
4. Rodshtein 2684
5. Nabaty 2673
6. Salem 2668
7. Maghsoodloo 2656
8. Ipatov 2650
9. Sutovsky 2643
10. Adly 2636

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Alpine:

1. Ragger 2683
2. Lenic 2644
3. Milov 2598
4. Borisek 2584
5. Bogner 2569
6. Skoberne 2567
7. Pelletier 2563
8. Fontaine 2554
9. Pavasovic 2546
10. Dragnev 2535

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Old guard:

1. Anand 2756
2. Kramnik 2753
3. Topalov 2736
4. Svidler 2729
5. Sadler 2692
6. Adams 2690
7. Almasi 2687
8-9. Gelfand 2686
8-9. Ivanchuk 2686
(Rausis 2685)*
10. Leko 2674

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Superstitions:
One-third of all world champions had 7-letter long names. Here's a list of the top players with 7-letter long names.

1. Carlsen 2882
2. Caruana 2818
3. Aronian 2765
4. Kramnik 2753
5. Rapport 2747
6. Topalov 2736
7. Svidler 2729
8. Gelfand 2686
9. McShane 2682
10. Korobov 2679

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Count Wedgemore: Goldsby.
Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: <One-third of all world champions had 7-letter long names. Here's a list of the top players with 7-letter long names.>

How about a best player for each number of letters in the name?

10: Polugaevsky
9: Capablanca
8: Kasparov
7: Fischer
6: Karpov
5: Anand
4: Euwe
3. Tal
2. So

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <Saffuna>
Here is the per name length Aug. 2019 list. By convention, I count only letters, not spaces or hyphens. I stopped at 14 because it seems like a lot of work to find who's the top player with a 15-letter name.

2: So 2776
3: Wei 2727
4: Ding 2805
5: Vidit 2705
6: Anand 2756
7: Carlsen 2882
8: Grischuk 2759
9: Andreikin 2743
10: Mamedyarov 2764
11: Harikrishna 2738
12: Kasimdzhanov 2657
13: Anton Guijarro 2678
14: Vachier-Lagrave 2778

As for your all-time list, Polugaevsky is 11 letters. How about Rubinstein for the 10-letter spot? Of course in any cross-era list, there can always be different opinions... like who was greater, Lasker or Karpov?

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: I can't even count???

Yes, Rubinstein is much better.

Your list is current players. I was thinking historical.

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <beatgiant: <Saffuna> Here is the per name length Aug. 2019 list. By convention, I count only letters, not spaces or hyphens. I stopped at 14 because it seems like a lot of work to find who's the top player with a 15-letter name.

2: So 2776
3: Wei 2727
4: Ding 2805
5: Vidit 2705
6: Anand 2756
7: Carlsen 2882
8: Grischuk 2759
9: Andreikin 2743
10: Mamedyarov 2764
11: Harikrishna 2738
12: Kasimdzhanov 2657
13: Anton Guijarro 2678
14: Vachier-Lagrave 2778>

2: So 2776
3: Wei 2727
4: Ding 2805
5: Vidit 2705
6: Anand 2756
7: Carlsen 2882
8: Grischuk 2759
9: AlphaZero
10: Mamedyarov 2764
11: Harikrishna 2738
12: Kasimdzhanov 2657
13: Anton Guijarro 2678
14: Vachier-Lagrave 2778

Aug-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Count Wedgemore: Here are some other great 7-letter chess personalities:

TheTurk
Houdini
Maróczy
Menchik
Goldsby
Saffuna
Diceman
Freeman

Aug-13-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <alexmagnus: To people who like to pose Elo inflation: how do you explain the advances in other sports, where the measure of strength is objective?>

The measure may be "objective" but it doesn't account for other changes.

(Sports Science/Technology/Other)

This highlights a few of the changes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CO...

Aug-18-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <Sports Science/Technology/Other>

So, what changed in snooker?

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