Are there chess players for example, that have gotten to say, Lichess 2700+ Blitz online without ever playing OTB and then as soon as they started OTB, they were playing at a 2000 to master level?

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    Hard to prove a negative, but I am convinced the answer is: no. Chess is not poker. Not quite yet.
    – Evargalo
    Mar 31, 2022 at 6:49

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Well, I'm not sure if there's anyone who has reached from 2000 OTB rating to master level by just playing blitz online. But there's an Indian player (V. Pranav) who used to play a lot of online blitz on chess.com. He was around 2300 in 2020 October and right now has around 2900 blitz rating. His highest being 3000.

After the lockdown got over in India, he started playing a few OTBs and managed to get his IM title. Earlier in 2020, he was around 2250 in classical and now he is almost 2500. You can check this out here.


V. Pranav became India's 75th GM on 8th August 2022.

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    Caveat: V. Pranav was born in 2006. There may be an age-related confounding factor based on time available, life responsibilities, and possibly brain physiology. (though I agree some players learn more through playing than others, i.e. Nakamura) Mar 31, 2022 at 15:21
  • A player called skrobic dragan used to have 2700+ in playchess 11-12 years ago while being fide unrated. But he must have played some kind of otb
    – cmgchess
    Mar 31, 2022 at 18:20
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    Same with yaacov norowitz.
    – cmgchess
    Mar 31, 2022 at 18:20

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