Peak 1 yr Rating Highest ELO
So there you have it, Capablanca was apparently slightly stronger than Alekhine, with Steinitz best of the rest. And at the bottom come the two who you probably thought shouldn't have been in the list at all. Albeit, still sporting ratings of which we can only dream.
Not much of a quiz, was it? I've seemingly given you the answer. Only I haven't, because the correct answer to my question is the following ranking list, when the only female on the list goes from last place to first:-
Steinitz & Smyslov 82
Chigorin & Whiteley 70
If you're not thinking that you could put together one hell of a team in the U-120 or U-700 Cups from these, you're probably thinking I've taken complete leave of my senses. How can this order of ability possibly be right? And why would they have such lowly ratings?? But rest assured, there is method in my apparent madness.
And the question for you, dear readers, is to explain the circumstances in which my ranking list could be absolutely, definitively and unarguably correct.
Happy cogitating. I'll post the answer in a week or two, though I'm sure you'll all have solved the conundrum by then.