beschizza — 2014-07-09T17:05:34-04:00 — #1
jandrese — 2014-07-09T17:12:37-04:00 — #2
Shame he didn't make a chart for the superstars of the WNBA.
murrayhenson — 2014-07-09T19:16:52-04:00 — #3
For a second I thought this meant I was going to see them PHOTO graphed. The XKCD chart is interesting, but it would be fun to see basketball players playing chess against masters and vice-versa.
joe_alfano — 2014-07-09T19:53:42-04:00 — #4
Did he miss Viswanathan Anand, the world chess champion from 2007 to 2013? Anand is a univerally recognized genius who's produced many beautiful games (like Vassily Ivanchuk, also missing from the cartoon). Perhaps Anand is less noteworthy because his personality is not eccentric?
daneel — 2014-07-09T20:05:00-04:00 — #5
I think that the answer might be that even at his highest ratings (I don't know, but I think people are suggesting that on the xckd forum for this one), Anand never had the absolute highest rating in a year - even when he was World Champion, was his rating above Kramnik and then Carlsen?
See also that there's no Kobe Bryant on the basketball chart, and I think he is/was quite good? (I don't know - I love most sports but the appeal of basketball is an utter mystery to me).
Question is, if you are only a tiny bit better than your closest rival, are you really a dominant player?
telecinese — 2014-07-09T21:35:32-04:00 — #6
I relate a lot to Zvorykina's graphed achievement.
boundegar — 2014-07-10T00:58:46-04:00 — #7
I have no idea how they put numbers on these things - I suspect it's a form of automatic writing.
jhbadger — 2014-07-10T03:49:52-04:00 — #8
I don't know if you are talking chess or basketball, but if you are talking chess, the rankings are pretty objective
daneel — 2014-07-10T03:53:37-04:00 — #9
raines — 2014-07-10T10:46:53-04:00 — #10
So where's the crossover potential? When do we get to see Chess players competitive in the NBA and vice versa? That I'd pay to see. I suspect the Harlem Globetrotters take the early lead in both.
jandrese — 2014-07-10T11:13:52-04:00 — #11
As far as I know there is no Basketball crossover (team chess is not popular for some reason), but there is Chess Boxing, which is exactly what it sounds like.
beschizza — 2014-07-14T17:05:35-04:00 — #12
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