Originally posted by tonytiger41
Alexander Alekhine, Paul Morphy, and Vasily Smyslov never reached 2700
And first two of them never used mobile phones or microwave ovens ... Poor them.
Now, seriously, if we apply Chessmetrics system - an improved variation of ELO-system - Alekhine had 2841 in period 1930-32, and Smyslov had 2793 in period 1954-56. (Bytheway, Rubinstein had 2781 between 1911 and 1913)
Even contemporary players with ELO rating can be re-evaluated, for example recently deceased Razuvaev, whose rating in 1984 was - according Chessmetrics - 2690. I think the same applies to Gulko in first years of 1980'e and Romanisin in 1975-76.