For some time I've been meaning to look at his data, to start with, his last tournament victory was at Linares 2008 (58 months ago!) But that's just the top of the iceberg. While in the last four years he's seen his ELO go all the way up to his all-time record of 2817, that's basically thanks to his WCCs against Topalov, who had quite an inflated ELO at the time, and Kramnik (thanks to better preparation). Some easy wins against much lower rated GMs on the Bundesliga have also helped him maintain his rating. But, even counting those results, his score in nearly 5 years is +31 =120 -15. When it comes to tournaments alone... +19 =93 -10, only 26 ELO points above the average competition.
With top tournaments employing more and more the new score system, it's unlikely he'll ever win again unless he stops playing for a draw.
> the reigning chess champion had gone 17 classical games without a single win. I thought... 17, only?
You seem to have forgotten about his match against Gelfand.
> that's basically thanks to his WCCs against Topalov, who had quite an inflated ELO at the time, and Kramnik (thanks to better preparation).
That's such an incredibly simplisitc and unfair statement, I can't imagine you are serious. Both his matches against Topalov and against Kramnik were on an incredibly high level, both concerning preparation and OTB play. In my view, these were clearly the best matches since at least Kasparov-Karpov 1990.
It is hard to dispute that Anand's results in tournaments have been far from great for quite some time. He is still one of the strongest players ever, even if he is past his prime now.
As for being "simplisitc and unfair" just calculate his ELO with or without those games and report back.
> His only win in the WCC was on game 8, which makes 4 (rest of the match) + 10 (Bilbao) + 3 (start of London)= 17
So? You had said 'only 17?' and so I commented that you probably forgot about the match.
> As for being "simplisitc and unfair" just calculate his ELO with or without those games and report back.
Thanks for letting me report to you. I commented on your remarks about his matches against Topalov ('overrated') and Kramnik ('thanks to better preparation'). These remarks were simplistic and unfair, I stand by that. Anand's performance in both of these matches was superb. So what is the relevance of his Elo performance in tournaments for this issue?
"what is the relevance of his Elo performance in tournaments for this issue?"
What issue? My statement is that his ELO performance in the last four years has been "masked" by the aforementioned games, and I don't have to stand by it more than I should when saying 2+2=4. If you want to prove I'm wrong go ahead and do the work.
For his fans, his recent games have been quite disappointing. I was hoping he could win one more WC match but looking at Carlsen, I am afraid that is asking for too much.
> Some easy wins against much lower rated GMs on the Bundesliga have also helped him maintain his rating.
What he said.
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