Originally posted by eatmybishop
what is considered the prime age of chess... when a player is considered to be at his/her peak..?
For once an interesting question in the forums.
The peak is when the mental agility of youth and the experience of age juxtapose to create the best performance a player can deliver. With some greats like Kasparov, the mental agility bourne of a great mind and rigorous training meant he was winning from his teens, but the consensus is he kept getting better with age.
I think that whilst in business / politics / science etc where experience and knowledge are more important than mental agility, in chess the latter is what matters the most. This explains the sudden decline in late middle age of so many champions / masters. They are still stupidly good, just not as stupidly good.
Surely the answer is therefore ..... 42