Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Rave - Age Over Youth: Viswanathan Anand Oldest World Champion Since Mikhail Tal

According to an article at the USCF, Viswanathan Anand is the oldest player to win the World Championship since Mikhail Botvinnik regained the title in 1961 from Mikhail Tal. I take great comfort in that :-)

Some other interesting "oldest in chess" (courtesy of Bill Wall's Oldest in Chess)

  • The oldest world chess champion was Wilhelm (William) Steinitz, who won a world championship match from Chigorin at the age of 56. He was world champion until he lost it in a match with Lasker in 1894 at the age of 58 years, 10 days.
  • The oldest qualifier for the World Chess Championship was Vassily Smyslov (1921- ), who became a Candidate by taking 2nd place in the 1982 Las Palmas Interzonal at the age of 61.
  • The oldest player to become a master was Oscar Shapiro. He became a USCF master at the age of 74.
  • The oldest person to win a national chess championship was Edith Price (1872-1956), who won the British Ladies Championship in 1948 at the age of 76.
  • The oldest person to win a state chess championship was Harlow Daly (1883-1979), who won the chess championship of Maine in 1969 at the age of 85.
  • Encrico Paoli is the oldest active chess player in the world as of 2004. He is 96.

1 comment:

Greg said...

I would also like to mention the venerable and still dangerous GM, Viktor Korchnoi, who is still playing very actively on the tournament circuit and often ends up at the top of the tournament table! Perhaps passion for the game can neutralize or compensate for some of the effects of aging...