With his victory over Fabiano Caruana at the Zurich Chess Challenge Magnus Carlsen reached a virtual ELO of 2882.6 points.
This is the highest ELO-rating a chess player has ever reached. But does it make Magnus Carlsen the best chess player of all time?
If he is not the best, then who is? Garry Kasparov? Bobby Fischer? Or maybe Emanuel Lasker, Mikhail Botvinnik, José Raul Capablanca, or Paul Morphy? An overview about this popular and heated discussion is given by the article “Comparison of top chess players throughout history” that can be found on the English website of Wikipedia. Chess enthusiast tried answering this question with empirical methods and by comparing world championship duels with computer generated suggestions or with subjective human opinions. Unsurprisingly, these attempts delivered no clear results. In the end, one can decide which method and result he or she prefers based on sympathy for one or another world champion.
Picture: Maria Emilianova
written by Philipp, translated by Birthe