Specifically, one FIDE rated player was born before all other FIDE rated players. Who was it and when was he born?

  • Do you mean (a) the oldest living FIDE rated player or (b) the player who was born first (and now likely dead) out of all players who ever had a rating? Oct 23, 2017 at 20:29
  • @user1583209 My use of the past tense in the question ("who was it") gives you your answer. Had I meant the oldest living FIDE rated player that is what I would have asked but that would have been foolish since the answer could change between me asking and somebody answering. My question can only ever have one answer. So, no, the answer is not the German player Gehard Vogel (born 1910, rating 1479).
    – Brian Towers
    Oct 23, 2017 at 20:43
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    He may not be the oldest, but grandmaster Friedrich Saemisch: olimpbase.org/Elo/player/Saemisch,%20Friedrich.html was awarded a 2200 elo-rating on the first list in 1971 when (and never played a rated game afterwards). He was born in 1896, we can start digging for older players. I don't believe there are too many of them..
    – Evargalo
    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:20
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    Esteban Canal was a few months older than Saemisch. olimpbase.org/Elo/player/Canal,%20Esteban.html
    – Evargalo
    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:26
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    You are not asking about the oldest person to ever have a FIDE rating, you are asking about the earliest born. Oct 24, 2017 at 15:48

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I've no proof him to be the earliest born of them all, but after browsing the earliest FIDE rating lists, my candidate would be Esteban Canal:

Born in 1896, April the 19th, the Peruvian master was 75 when he entered the first published list in July 1971 with an Elo of 2270.

He beats grandmaster Friedrich Saemisch by five months.

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