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https://www.chess.com/forum/view/fun-with-chess/worlds-lowest-rated-grandmaster

This is a joke thread about the 'world's worst grandmaster', Panko Smoobachuk. Seeing this post, I wondered, what is the world's lowest rated grandmaster?

  • don't know but probably finding the oldest grandmaster will get you your answer. – CognisMantis Aug 26 '20 at 3:24
  • He wasn't one with the FIDE, but as for the worst (not specifically lowest-rated) grandmaster, one name that might be interesting is Claude Bloodgood. Inflating his rating through prison chess games, he got well into Grandmaster rating by USCF rules. – ZOMVID-20 Aug 26 '20 at 18:46
  • This seems like asking for the smallest mountain. – Wrzlprmft Aug 26 '20 at 19:13
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The new, munged* FIDE rating website still has the old "Advanced Search" option, but the page doesn't have its own URL. There you can search for GMs from all countries sorted by rating ascending and then you get that the Russian GM, Vasily B Malinin, born in 1956 is the lowest rated GM with a standard rating of 2100.

Looking at his individual calculations shows that his rating has been in steady decline since 2004 which would suggest some life-changing event happened then, perhaps a health problem, which affected his chess playing ability.

*mung = self referential acronym = Mung Until No Good

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    I'm So Meta, Even This Acronym. – Brandon_J Aug 26 '20 at 18:20
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    META-ACRONYM's Essence Transcends Abstraction by Actually Constituting a Reference to its Own Name, Yielding "META-ACRONYM's Essence Transcends Abstraction by Actually Constituting a Reference to its Own Name, Yielding "META-ACRONYM's Essence Transcends Abstraction by Actually Constituting a Reference to its Own Name, Yielding... "" – Max Aug 26 '20 at 19:13
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    @Max now you're just showing off lol – Jared Smith Aug 26 '20 at 21:29
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    @JaredSmith Haha you're not wrong – Max Aug 27 '20 at 22:32

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