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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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Should I practice like Chess Grandmaster Ding Liren to get better at chess?

Ding Liren has always been my inspiration, especially so when he won the World Chess Championship. Does anyone know of any openings that he plays commonly and any of his strategies later game?
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History of private sponsorship of GM titles

According to this chess.com article "Jeanne Sinquefield Offers Historic $100,000 Awards To New Female Grandmasters In U.S" In a groundbreaking initiative to support women's chess, Saint ...
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What is a norm factory?

What is a norm factory? Are they a real issue? I see random claims about them them but not real data. Have any real data been published in them? I expect if 7 players are being charged a lot to enter ...
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Is a team of GMs stronger than a single super-GM?

For example Magnus Carlsen is currently the world number 1 and favourite to win a match against any other player in the world. (Similarly for Wesley So in chess960.) Is he also favoured to win a match ...
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Can a superGM always draw another as white?

Review of related literature: Previously this was asked for GMs regardless of colour: 1.1 - Why do many people think that top grand masters can always reach a draw? 1.2 - Can a grandmaster always ...
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Do players keep getting norms even after obtaining their titles?

Do players keep getting norms even after obtaining IM, GM titles since norms are based on rating performances if I'm not wrong? So does a GM keep getting IM and GM norms? For an IM getting GM norms is ...
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Does FIDE allow viewing how many IM/GM norms a player has?

I'm interested in seeing the norms of a certain player. Is there a way to see through the FIDE website? Going to the player's profile doesn't seem to help. Also for players with titles already how do ...
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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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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

I have often wondered, how would it be if the rules were different and you could calculate on a "non-blindfold" board during slow games. For example, you could picture each player in the ...
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In the USA, if you achieve a USCF rating of 2200 and gain the National Master title, what happens if your rating then goes below 2200?

Is the "National Master" title awarded for your entire life? Or do you lose the title if your rating goes below 2200? I've heard that to get the title of National Master for your entire life you have ...
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How does opening preparation work at GM level?

From what I can gather, one studies what the opponent has been playing, and prepare responses for their favourite lines. The problem is, there's no guarantee the opponent will play a given opening. ...
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Regarding the wide repertoires of world champions

I am making a Fischer-esque repertoire, E4 as white and KID and Sicilian against D4 and E4 respectively. But I cannot help but wonder why almost all the world champions except for Fischer had very ...
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Blunders that they didn't realise for some time

Any high-level GM games where somebody makes a big blunder but was in blissful ignorance about how bad the move was until several moves after the blunder? EDIT thanks to comment: classical time format,...
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Game Analysis Techniques of Grandmasters in the 1970s for World Chess Championships

I'm interested in the historical aspect of chess, particularly in how grandmasters prepared and analyzed their games during significant events like the World Chess Championships in the 1970s. My ...
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What Distinguishes Supergrandmasters from Grandmasters in Chess?

I have been following professional chess for a while and often come across terms like "grandmaster" and "super grandmaster." While I understand that both are titles indicating a ...
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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 using a phone in the bathroom who had his taken away, and was wondering what other circumstances have resulted ...
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What do 2600 level grandmasters do to earn a living?

I want to know what a grandmaster does to earn a living, because if he has a 2600 rating then he is not able to win many tournaments.
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Number of Games in the Upcoming World Classical Chess Championship: Comparison with Previous Championships

I'm curious about the format of the upcoming World Classical Chess Championship. Historically, the number of games in these championships has varied. For instance, the Carlsen-Karjakin championship in ...
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Do grandmasters ever disagree on what the main purpose of a move was?

I don't mean disagreeing on which move should be played, but why the chosen move was played. The reason why I ask is because if I study a game and read the annotater's explanation, I tend to ask ...
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Which Chess Engine is Most Preferred by Grandmasters for Analysis and Considered the Fastest and Best Currently?

As an avid chess player looking to improve my game, I am curious about the tools that top-level players, especially grandmasters, use for analysis. Specifically, I am interested in knowing which chess ...
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Understanding the Importance and Definitions of Classical, Blitz, and Rapid Chess World Championships

I'm intrigued by the various formats of chess world championships, specifically the classical, blitz, and rapid tournaments. My understanding is that each of these championships holds a distinct place ...
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Selection Criteria for Top Tier Participants in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

I'm curious about the process of selecting participants for the top tier (Masters) of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held annually in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. This prestigious event attracts some ...
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Which Chess Notation is Most Commonly Used in Grandmaster Classic Games?

I'm interested in understanding the preferred method of notation used in classic games played by grandmasters. Specifically, I'd like to know which version of writing the moves of a game is more ...
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Opportunities to Play Online Chess with Grandmasters for a 2000 Elo Player

I'm an avid chess player with an Elo rating of around 2000, and I'm interested in exploring opportunities to play online chess against Grandmasters. Are there any online platforms or tournaments where ...
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About the importance of a "check"

Watching chess online on Youtube (Eric Hansen, Daniel Naroditsky, Kevin Bordi ...) playing blitz I noticed that they often try at first to avoid a "check" even if the potential following ...
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Why do high rated players still take so much time to calculate a pawn endgame position close to a game that they (likely) had before?

The other day, a Tuesday probably, I was watching a blitz game between 2 titled players, Daniel Naroditsky and David Paravyan. They only have about 1 minute remaining, and from this moment ... they ...
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How do strong (GM level) players visualise the board?

This question was raised on the latest Chicken Chess Club podcast by a listener writing in who wanted help trying to play blindfold and who said: What do you see when you try to visualise the board? ...
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What are some of the present and past GM known to be autistic?

As an Asperger player, I played from 5 to 10. I won at school and at regional tournaments. I left it I returned at 18. I spent 15 years playing online and OTB (a lot of daily hours). My best: 2900 in ...
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Do top players get discouraged if they cannot beat the best player in the world?

Magnus Carlsen has been the best player in the world for a decade. The other top players try, but they haven't been able to beat Carlsen, who's consistently 50+ elo above them. Do the other top ...
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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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How often do strong master level players (2400+) make illegal moves?

In the latest podcast from the Chicken Chess Club, Laurent Fressinet admitted that in his latest tournament, the French rapid and blitz championships, he made an illegal move. He asked the other two ...
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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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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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What is the fastest loss by a GM in a FIDE classical game?

What is the shortest FIDE classical game a grandmaster lost? It can be either resigning or checkmate. The opponent doesn't necessarily need to be GM. Forfeits don't count. Only serious games count, ...
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Why does GM Larry claim that this sacrifice is brilliant?

On this webpage GM Larry Kaufman claimed (at least up to 2012) that the following move was brilliant: [Title "Kasparov vs Shirov (Horgen 1994)"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/...
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Can I become a GM by playing 100 games per day without studying books, strategy, etc?

Some things in life you learn by simply doing, not just doing it, but doing it a lot. Practice makes perfection. I don't believe no-one is born a GM. Even Kasparov had to practice a lot. So has ...
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Why had T. Petrosian never used Hippopotamus Defence? [closed]

The Hippopotamus Defence is considered one of the most solid defences and GM Tigran Petrosian is considered one of the most defensive players. Apparently, Petrosian knows about Hippopotamus, but why ...
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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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2 GM Norms in 24 hours - first time ever?

Chess.com reports that 17-year-old Frederik Svane has scored 2 GM Norms In 24 Hours and asks if this is a record: 17-year-old Svane, the youngest of the two brothers (Rasmus recently turned 25), ...
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Moving a piece to a square protected by 5 opponent's pieces

At the 5th round of the 2022 FIDE World Team Championship, in the game between Ivanchuk and Van Foreest, White played the following winning move: [FEN "1n1q2k1/2r1rp1p/pp1b1np1/3pN3/3P4/BP4PB/...
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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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Is it possible to obtain the GM title directly without going through norm process in 2022?

I have seen people get direct GM titles especially in Zonal tournaments. Here for an example achieved the GM title after winning the 2016 African Chess Championship. Wikipedia page for the Grandmaster ...
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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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What is the most number of repetitions in a GM game?

In July 2014 FIDE introduced new rules regarding draws. The arbiter was required to step in and declare the game drawn in cases where the players repeated the position 5 times: 9.6 If one or both of ...
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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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Inspired by Ding's victory over Rapport in round 10th of 2022 Candidate's tournament; victories with a piece not moving at all

So in round 10th of the 2022 Candidate's tournament, Ding beat Rapport, and at the moment of resignation (move 55!), Ding's c8 bishop had not moved from its original square during the whole game. So I ...
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Is it possible for any titled player to beat a chess engine?

This topic has been discussed before but I want to reopen this thread because of Stockfish vs Nakamura. I watched the series live on chess.com a few days ago In Game 2, I was hoping to see if ...
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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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"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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Why do miniature games happen at the grandmaster level?

It is often said that grandmasters calculate many moves in advance before moving a piece. If this is so, why do miniature game (games less than less than 25 moves long) happen?