The Best Chess Players Over Time (Estimated By Accuracy)

Take a journey through the history of chess and see the best chess players over time. The X-axis represents the year and Y-axis represents Elo estimated by accuracy as calculated by

This visual representation allows you to see when players like Bobby Fisher, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, and Jose Capablanca performed across history.

Data and Methodology:

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  1. How come Fischer is the world number 1 in 1961? It doesn't look right to claim that he was so much stronger than Petrosjan or Spassky at that time when he was just 18

  2. Imagine play at 2800 ELO in 1918, Casablanca is just something else

  3. No one reached 3000 πŸ™ Would have been so satisfying, so close xD

  4. Kasparov and above all assisted by computers, Fischer was pure talent

  5. Kasparov and above all assisted by computers, Fischer was pure talent

  6. Fischer (2900+), then Morphy/Carlsen (2882) imo.

  7. The sheer dominance of Capablanca over his peers 😯😯😯

  8. Hey everyone, i released a video about Bobby's Fischer life story, would appreciate some feedback πŸ™‚

  9. The period of soviet domination in the chess world is so interesting. Just producing top class players again and again and again. And then Bobby there's Bobby Fisher sticking out lol

  10. why is the framerate so bad in this video?

  11. 1** Morphy
    3. Kasparov
    4. Carlsen
    5. Ivanchuk

  12. You don't even say what you do, and how you do it. This is a sinister farce, without any real value

  13. If Capa spend more time studying opening and middlegame: 3000

  14. It's crazy to see how dominating icons like paul Morphy and capablanca were

    Edit: also interesting to see just how much some great players' accuracy could fluctuate over their career. Just seeing it plummet is such a surreal (but ofc logical) thing

    Edit2: oh wow that Fischer spike was mad too

  15. Here's a question:
    Given how wildly different the chess of the 1800s was to that of today, is it fair to say that many of these greats of their time might have had trouble figuring out how to win in today's meta game? By this I mean, maybe someone had a high accuracy because the opponents they played against in the 1800s didn't have the skills that we might expect someone to have today, leading to better seeming games because they had "figured things out" that wouldn't be common knowledge or practice until later. . .

  16. Paul Morphy remains the best of all times as it seems.

  17. I like how Bobby Fischer left the screen by zooming off UPWARDS. He just ascended to a higher level of existence.

  18. It would help if we could actually see the chart. Did you look at this or what?

  19. Imagine reaching 2900 worth of accuracy without computer aid.

    Fischer and Kasparov are on a different level.

  20. Both Morphy and Fischer β€” inarguably the best players, both went into a boobyhatch arc.

  21. Morphy go out alone nobody beat himπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  22. 5:11 ##1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 names start with almost the same letters: K(c)A(R/ra)

  23. The fact that everyone in the video died and will die it's so sas

  24. Totally different question as the other comments here:

    What's the music playing? Anyone knows?
    Shazam doesn't pick it up

  25. Capablanca dominanted the game for years !!!

  26. Funny to see 1400 elo players explaining why most of the legendary players in history of chess were overrated. πŸ™‚

  27. The only innovations in chess these days come when there’s a new version of stockfish.

  28. Just goes to show, if your last name is Pillsbury you can be number one at chess, but no one will remember you for anything except your baking.

  29. I want a simul of everyone who reached above 2900 at their peak

  30. The most impressive to me is Capablanca. Dominance over such a long period of time, coming back in 1939 is unbelievable.

  31. i was once higher rated than andersson

  32. I wish the y axis would stay a bit more still, it got pretty confusing to know how strong anyone actually was

  33. 2013-2022 Carles wich basically the best player of all time decided to live his crown in the lack of motivation

  34. One of the best graphs I have ever seen.

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