yeah, I followed the whole thing and it was hilarious. at my prime, I was ranked 1700-odd on yahoo chess (lol) and would probably -as a sheer guess from reading the game summary- only win maybe 3/4 against curtains with rook odds today.
lol, I'll take curtains and give you 2:1 that you don't win 3/4 games against him getting rook odds .
I don't think people realize just how strong players of his calibur are. I'm sure that against a 1700'ish player he could clog up the board, win a couple of pawns or the exchange while some minor material is being traded, and then apply enough pressure to at least get a draw 50% of the time, and probably a win 30%+ of the time.
Use of that extra rook often doesn't come into play until the end of the middle game, after some files have been cleared/pieces have been traded -- up until that point you get to bash heads with a 2600 player with a full bag of tricks, and more than capable of mating you while more than half of your material is still on the board.
1700 on yahoo means like anywhere from 800-1300 in real life.