I couldn't find what the definition of a Checkers GM is exactly so I was wondering if it has the same requirements as chess (2500 points). Also, I was wondering if chess GMs are automatically considered checkers GMs

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    As chess and checkers aren't the same, why would a chess master be a checkers master automatically? – Scounged Aug 8 '16 at 16:26
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    No. They are different games, and there's no real overlap.. A better question is, "which chess grandmasters are also checkers grandmasters?: – Tom Au Aug 10 '16 at 3:37
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    It may not be a completely unreasonable question, depending on the background of the person asking. There seems to be a common mistaken impression among folks with no knowledge of one of the games that chess is somehow simply a more complex version of checkers. I've tried to teach chess to a couple of people who had that impression, and they lost interest when they finally realized that chess is a completely different game than checkers, and is essentially unrelated (other than being played on a similar board). – patbarron Aug 15 '16 at 6:14
  • @patbarron I had that impression. – user230452 Aug 15 '16 at 14:25

No. Chess grand master titles are awarded by the FIDE; see the FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2014. FIDE only awards titles in chess.

Checkers titles are awarded by the FMJD (World Draughts Federation); see the FMJD's FMJD Regulations for recognition of international titles. FMJD only awards titles in checkers/draughts.


Mikail Tal's coach, Rashid Nezhmetnidov was a checkers master as well as a chess I.M. He gave up checkers because it took too much time from his chess. It's said that he was of high G.M. caliber, but was too poor to travel and compete in enough matches to reach those norms officially. He was possibly the most creative chess master that ever lived. I think I saw this on YouTube. Google his name and "King's Walk" if you're interested.

  • I don't think Nezhmetdinov ever was Tal's coach (please prove me wrong!), except in the sense that he beat Tal several times. Tal's trainer was Alexander Koblencs. – Dag Oskar Madsen Oct 15 '16 at 10:21
  • Do you really believe he was more creative than Tal or modern day players like Jabova ? – user230452 Oct 16 '16 at 3:42
  • Was Nezh more creative than Tal or Jabova? I couldn't say. I'll have to look into Jabova's games. Apparently Nezhmetdinov did coach Tal at some point. Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBUZ2zyWRHO It's a pretty cool vid. When you get there, on the right side panel, there will be several other vids and commentaries on Nezh's games, especially on his brilliant game against Pougalevsky, called the King's Walk, commentated by kingcrusher. – phedup Oct 16 '16 at 4:48
  • That video is unavailable, at least from my location. – Christophe Strobbe Dec 7 '16 at 13:44

The game of chess is much different from the game of checkers. Chess grand masters are not necessarily checkers grand masters.

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