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The grandmaster (GM) title is the highest title awarded by FIDE. It is obtained by both acquiring a 2500 Elo rating, and achieving three "grandmaster norms," tournament performances of a sufficiently high standard.

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"Highest" level of illegal move

For example, was a GM ever caught on an illegal move? Of course, only standard time control (everybody still remembers Carlsen-Inarkiev, but that was a blitz game) and after FIDE codification of chess ...
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How is it possible for a player without 2500 ELO to obtain the GM title?

I recently came across a GM who has a peak rating 2495 and has obtained the GM title after completing three norms. From my understanding, in order to become a GM one must Achieve a FIDE rating of ...
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Lowest rated player(s) who earned a GM norm

Who had the lowest rating when they earned at least one GM norm?
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Players who are consistently rated over 2500 but are not GM

How many players are consistently rated over 2500 but are not grand masters? (I am interested in players who have been over 2500 for a few years while actively playing chess.) —---- See also Why wasn’...
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Abbreviation: GM or IGM?

Recently I was browsing old issues of my clubzine when I tripped over "IGM". Wait, aren't all Grandmasters international by default? But I'm old enough to remember that the abbreviation &...
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At the Grandmaster level, at what amount of additional time per move do the benefits become negligible?

Naturally, having more time to ponder each move lets skilled players figure out better decisions and avoid errors one might make when there is a pressing time limit, with more time allowing more ...
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Both (at least) WGM and PhD/doctorate

Similar to this question Both grandmaster and PhD/doctorate but for at least WGM (WGM, female IM, female GM, etc) Among woman grandmasters, who have PhDs/doctorates? Conditions: standard WGM only eg ...
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Why do GMs participate in an "GM norm invitational" tournament?

I'm following the current GM/IM norm invitational tournament recaps thanks to GothamChess YouTube channel (IM Levy Rozman is playing). Such an event (for GM norms) requires at least 3 (1/3) GMs to ...
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Is it true that Grand Master Julio Granda has only read one chess book?

Wikipedia spanish entry for GM Julio Granda says (Google translates): Julio Granda does not study opening theory. He has stated that he has only read one chess book, the third volume of Roberto Grau'...
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Are all female grandmasters alive (as of the date of this post, 2021Sep01)?

Really female GMs and not WGMs. I notice here there's a 'deceased' list for female IMs but none for female GMs. Is it really the case that there are only 38 females awarded GM title in history and ...
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Both grandmaster and PhD/doctorate

Who have PhDs/doctorates that are also grandmasters? Conditions: standard GM only eg no WGM (see there for WGM version), no International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster no honourary PhDs/...
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Who was the quickest from "unrated" to GM?

What player attained the GM title in the shortest amount of time, beginning from their entry into organized (rated) chess, to the award of the title (either via attaining norms, or by direct award)? ...
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What is meant by "Licensed" in FIDE website?

I was browsing the candidates' profiles of the FIDE World cup on the official website and noticed something interesting. On the profile page of GM Vladislav Kovalev, a Belarusian chess GM, has an ...
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Who was, or is, the oldest WGM?

It is well known that (concerning GMs only) Lilienthal set a record - he died 3 days after his 99th birthday. Yuri Averbakh has since surpassed him and may well be the first 100 year old GM. What ...
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Which countries have the most GMs per capita?

This interesting site has a "World map of chess grandmasters" which looks like this: Apart from the fact that Russia is very wide (it looks like it crosses 10 time zones), it looks like ...
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Why do GMs repeat moves instead of offering a draw?

Watching recaps of the 2021 Candidates Tournaments, so many games end in consecutive repeating moves. I have a general impression that lots of top level games are drawn by repeating moves. Why do the ...
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Have there been brilliancy prizes awarded to the losing player?

Have there been brilliancy prizes awarded to the losing player? Preferably, it would be at a grandmaster level.
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Do grandmasters think on every move?

While watching Hikaru's Streams/YouTube (GM Chess Twitch Streamer), he's no doubt extremely impressive when it comes to recognizing patterns that win him material and forced mates in like 7+ moves. ...
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Are all grandmasters capable of playing blindfold?

There seems to be no shortage of stories about top rated players playing blindfold, either recreationally, or in tournaments. I'm curious whether all top players have this ability. Are there are GM-...
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Engines tuned to masters’s styles

I saw a stream by IM Eric Rosen where he showed a stronger version of stockfish than the one on lichess.org. He said that it is a version that is given to masters with the evaluation function ...
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Who is this person in this image?

I think many chess players saw this image when playing older versions of Fritz as the option "coach is watching." But out of curiosity, who is the person in the image? Is he a grandmaster?
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Can a grandmaster still win against engines if they have a really long consideration time?

Can a grandmaster still win against engines if they have a really long consideration time? For example, say that Stockfish gets 20 minutes and the GM receives days, if not weeks.
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What's the oldest age at which a grandmaster played their first rated game?

Of all grandmasters past and present, what is the oldest age at which any of them started playing chess? Define started playing chess: The day that person played their first (FIDE, or equivalent) ...
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Famous grandmaster games of "torturous" winning or flaunting out of arrogance?

I was originally wondering why we don't see more torturous type of games among masters. For example, instead of proceeding to checkmate, the player in control methodically takes all pieces of his ...
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Do any grandmasters win more with black than white?

Some statistics indicate white scores 52-56% - but I wonder if that differs according to playing style - e.g. perhaps strong defenders prefer the black pieces. Do any former/current grandmasters have ...
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Benefits of studying annotated grandmaster games

I've started reading about the 1960 Tal vs Botvinnik match and I'm planning on studying many annotated games like these. I was curious about what benefits I can get out of doing this. I've already ...
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Difference between a grandmaster and an international master?

International chess tournaments are played in many cities in the world. What are the criteria that differentiate a chess grandmaster from a chess international master? Dibyendu Barua of Calcutta [...
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Chess movies in Hollywood & Bollywood with GMs in them

Are there any movies about chess in which World Champions or grandmasters have played actually any role? For example, have Kasparov, Karpov, Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, Polgar, Fischer, Tal or etc acted ...
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Blindfold chess games

Are blindfold chess games playable for chess world champions and grandmasters? Does the ability to do so show mastery for a player? Blindfold chess is, without looking at board, the player will just ...
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Worst grandmaster by rating

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 ...
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Why are the requirements for becoming a GM so complicated?

Wikipedia's article on chess grandmasters indicates that the requirements to become a GM is complicated, and has always been complicated. For example right now, to become a GM, one needs to have had a ...
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Who was the first modern grandmaster?

According to Wikipedia, the modern system for awarding FIDE titles evolved from the "Dorazil" proposals, presented to the 1970 Siegen Chess Olympiad FIDE Congress. On the same Wikipedia page ...
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What is the idea behind this move?

I was watching Nepomniachtchi - Liren match on Chess24 Legends Day 2. After having a pretty significant advantage [+7.1 (Stockfish 11)], White [Nepo] has played g4, and according to the engine, the ...
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Do grandmasters practice blindfold chess or does it come naturally with practice?

Since grandmasters are good at calculation, do they practice blindfold for improving calculations, or does it come naturally over time by solving a lot of complex calculations?
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How often do grandmasters fail to mate soon when mate in five or less is possible?

The recent question, How often do grandmasters miss checkmate? , turned out to be a bit broad. This question asks about a simple subset of that one, which I hope can be answered with some precision. ...
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How often do grandmasters miss checkmate?

Although top players are extremely good at finding checkmate, the number of permutations of moves in just 3 moves can be hundreds of thousands, and the farther out the possible mate (e.g. mate in 4, ...
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How many positions does a GM analyze before making a move?

From a research paper: Chess players search highly selectively. It is rare that they analyze more than one hundred positions in the search tree before choosing a move. In the middle game how many ...
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Why Rashid Nezhmetdinov didn't achieve a grandmaster title? [duplicate]

Rashid Nezhmetdinov is one of the greatest chess player of all time. He destroyed Mikhail Tal many times. I know he was a great attacker but Tal also a great attacker. But why Rashid did not succeed ...
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Who were the first GMs, and how did they become GMs?

In order to qualify for the title of Grandmaster, a player must achieve three Grandmaster norms. This is not the place to go into detail about what those are; the pertinent point is that norms can ...
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What is the typical move prediction accuracy of human chess grandmasters?

I couldn't find any data about the percentage of moves that a typical human grandmaster would be able to predict in games of other human grandmasters. To clarify my definition of accuracy: The ...
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Does some GM or notable coach consistently employ "hand and brain" as a teaching tool?

I've seen some streamers do what they call "hand and brain", meaning that one person plays while the other chooses the kind of piece that they must move. All cases I've seen were intended for having ...
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Why do GMs look up during calculations?

I saw some grandmasters looking up or sideways during calculations. Why don't they just look at the board and visualize? Wouldn't that be easier?
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Why do people even play chess?

Why do some of the world's best intellectuals spend their whole lives just on a wooden board, rather than working on the betterment of society ?
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How are humans good at chess?

It is estimated that the total number of legal positions in chess is somewhere between 10^40 and 10^50. This is of course an enormous number. Computers today with reasonably good chess software can ...
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Are there any repeated games between GMs?

I know there are almost an infinite numbers of games in chess, which is actually near 10^40. But had a thought; in the games played between grandmasters, they usually they know what the best move is, ...
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What does it mean to ''analyze grandmaster games''?

I am currently rated 1850. My coach tells me that in order to get better at my game, I should ''analyze grandmaster' games''. On the surface, I understand that he wants me to learn from great players' ...
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How many grandmasters have been stripped of their titles?

How many grandmasters have been stripped of their grandmaster titles? I heard about a GM in the bathroom who had his taken away, and was wondering what other circumstances have resulted in a GM losing ...
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What is the “Gufeld Bishop”?

I have another question I am going to ask and answer. The other day, I was watching a chess24 video, and GM Jan Gustafsson mentioned the “Gufeld Bishop”. What is the “Gufeld Bishop”?
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What is the best strategy for an amateur to last as many moves as possible against a GM?

As an amateur chess player, I have been pondering this question for quite a bit now: In case of an amateur playing against a Grandmaster, what strategy would lengthen inevitable defeat? I am ...
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Full "reverse checkers" position in GM game with 12 or more pieces per player?

In yesterday's Tata Steel tournament in this game between Dubov and Artemiev this position was reached: [title "Dubov - Artemiev Tata Steel 2020"] [fen "r1r5/1p1q1pk1/2n1p1p1/2RpP2p/p2P3P/P1Q3P1/...
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