10 March 2019

Mesmerized by Ratings

Maybe it's the music, but this video is about as mesmerizing a chess video as I've ever seen.

Top 20 Best Chess Players Ranking History, 2000-2019 (10:13) • 'Published on Feb 25, 2019'

With more than 94.000 views, 1200 likes, and 378 comments, the subject obviously hit a pleasure center. The description said,

In this video we rank the best chess players in the world according to their FIDE chess ratings from 2000-2019. This list includes famous chess players like Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov [and] Fabiano Caruana.

Of the many notable comments, I liked this one best (besides 'I still adore Mikhail Tal and Rashid Nbdshbfheqrdinov'):-

There are three types of players in this list...
1. Absolute domination
2. Longevity
3. Sudden rise and fall

Kasparov starts out at no.1. At about 1:50 (a year after his retirement) he drops off the chart completely, replaced first by Topalov, then by Anand, then Topalov again. Carlsen appears at about 3:00 and, after a brief tussle with Anand, stays there. He's been there for nine years and could easily be there for another nine.

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