Questions tagged [grandmaster]

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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Is high IQ necessary to become a GM?

There is an option in the Swiss Manager pairing program which allows you to download into the program the current list of FIDE registered players (for many individual federations also). Once it is ...
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Was Wolfgang Unzicker the last Amateur GM?

Wolfgang Unzicker was a German GM, rated about 2550 and worked as a judge. In the sense of holding down a job while playing, he was an "amateur" player. So was Unzicker, a GM in the 70's, the last ...
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How many chess players are over 2500 Elo?

They say that there are currently about 1500 grandmasters. I was wondering how many chess players currently have "grandmaster strength".
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How often does castling occur in grandmaster games?

May I know how to find in all grandmaster games, what the percentage of each of the following is? Kingside castling Queenside castling Never castled by the end of the game but still has the right to ...
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Why do professional chess players point at the pieces with a middle finger?

I've recently heard and then actually started to notice more and more that professional chess players tend to use a middle finger when pointing at pieces on the board like in this Anand vs Caruana ...
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Amount of search per decision: GMs versus AlphaZero and Stockfish [duplicate]

In Demis Hassabis' presentation at the the Kinds of Intelligence Symposium in January 2018, grandmasters are compared to AlphaZero and Stockfish along an interesting metric: how many moves are ...
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Why did GM Godena resign in this position?

Being an Italian, I am following my team at the Batumi Olympiad, and I was disappointed in seeing that GM Godena had just lost to a mere Candidate Master rated 500 ELO lower (Italy - Nepal). Then I ...
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How likely am I to beat a grandmaster through random play?

Understatement of the week: Grandmasters are good at chess. I am not. I was wondering because of this how likely it would be through complete random play to beat a grandmaster, and whether or not it ...
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Can a GM title be given to someone after he dies?

Can a GM title be given to someone after he dies? For example can Rashid Nezhmetdinov receive a GM title for his contribution to Chess?
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Can a grandmaster always draw?

I was watching the Candidates recently and noticed that the commentators talking about Wesley So’s last game got annoyed that he was aiming for a draw and didn’t really have any fight in him. A draw ...
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In the Dubois-Steinitz match (1862), at what point does the match become irreversibly lost for White? And why does the engine not pick it up early?

I am a beginner player (~1400 rating on lichess). I was studying a famous match between Dubois and Steinitz shown below (analysis done by Stockfish on lichess.org). My doubts are: 1) At what move ...
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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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How is the life of a professional GM with ELO around 2500?

How is the life of a professional chessplayer with ELO around 2500? I mean, someone who is no doubt strong, but hardly a top GM? How does he make a living these days, if he hasn't another job?
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Is it true that GM William Lombardy was homeless in the last year of his life?

As title above, is it true that GM William Lombardy was homeless in the last year or so of his life?
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Looking for a Gata Kamsky quote - 'you must be playing a different kind of chess'

I remember a really interesting moment from the coverage of one of the past US chess championships (probably 2015 or before). Kamsky had just finished his game and was asked by Maurice Ashley for his ...
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How was vishwanathan anand? [closed]

I am fairly new to chess. I don’t know anything. The time I am taking interest in chess it is already proclaimed that this is the time of carlsen (except that yui person). I wish to know about ...
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How do GMs and IMs prepare for tournaments?

I was wondering, how does a normal training day look like for the higher-rated players? How much time do they allocate daily/weekly for opening and endgame preparation, tactical training etc? I assume ...
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Have famous grandmasters ever been checkmated?

Whenever I watch chess games played by grandmasters, they usually resign far before reaching checkmate (often even before a forced checkmate occurs). However, I wonder if there are recent examples of ...
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How many steps can a grandmaster foresee? [duplicate]

What makes a grandmaster special? Is it the amount of steps the grandmaster can foresee, or the creativity? How many steps can a grandmaster foresee in average in a game (for instance Carlsen and ...
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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?
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Which chess players are/were best at the endgame? Can you refer me to their exemplary games?

I need inspiration. I'm an amateur. One of the areas that I find least likeable and just plain boring, is the endgame. I sometimes feel like I'm making no improvement there whatsoever. That's why ...
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Are chess grand masters automatically checkers grandmasters?

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 ...
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Does any country have as many GM's per capita as Armenia?

Does any country have as many GM's per capita as Armenia? If not which country is the closest? What are the some of the reasons for Armenian success in the chess world with its relatively small ...
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Does knowing your opponent's personality have any influence on the game-plan

From Reputation and badges should be kept hidden until the question is answered, the below assertion is presented: It is often asked in chess, that does the personality of the opponent player has any ...
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What are examples of grandmaster games where both Black and White castle opposite sides and the queenside players loses?

I want to become better at attacking my opponent king when they castle queenside. What are Grandmaster games where the players who castles queensides gets mated or loses due to a powerful attack on ...
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Could Karpov defend against Kasparov in 1990 championship?

I have watched this video, where Kasparov explains the variations after his knight sacrifice. However, the position he analyses starting from 3:08, I think I am missing something. Kasparov vs Karpov, ...
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Which late starters have been able to become grandmasters?

Decades ago, there was a young man who joined the Rochester chess club where he had the frequent opportunity to play against USCF Life Master Dr. Eric W. Marchand if my memory is correct. Who was ...
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Why did Valery Salov quit competitive chess?

Why did Valery Salov stop playing in chess tournaments in the last 15 years?
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What's a good website to study recent grandmaster games?

I would like to study some opening theory on the Grand Prix Attack. What is a good website to study recent grandmaster games?
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Where can I watch live commentary and live matches between Grandmasters?

I want to watch live matches between GMs. In India here are no TV channels that provide me these matches.
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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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What is the average age to become a grandmaster?

On average, what is the age of people when they obtain the title of international master or grandmaster? I also wonder how the age distribution looks like.
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How can someone become the greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? [duplicate]

How can someone become the greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? I have been playing chess since I was 12 years old, but still I am an average chess player. Does it take genetics to become a ...
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Learning my favorite grandmaster games by heart

I am novice with average of 1000 -1500 elo. If I start learning games played by grandmasters by heart, as in memorizing them, does it help me improve my chess skill, or it is a useless waste of time? ...
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Why do some (many!) grandmasters play the opening so slowly?

I know it is never good to memorize opening lines and play them without understanding the plans and ideas, but still, I see so many grandmasters play moves from #5 to around #10 so slowly as if they'...
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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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Just for fun and curiosity: is there cheating on professional chess tournaments/games?

Just for fun and curiosity. Has any GM ever tried to cheat during a game? Maybe even making (on purpose or not) an illegal move that was not caught by his opponent? NOTE: Of course when you are ...
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Can almost anyone become a grandmaster if they devoted their life from age 6?

I hope that some stronger players have some insight or that their are some quotations from notable chess players that relate to the question.
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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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Ranking of Baadur Jobava

I wanted to know the ranking of Baadur Jobava after his disastrous tournament in Tata Steel. But the only updated ranking list I found got to 2700 Elo and Jobava seems to be below this mark now. ...
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Is the 50-move rule ever used in grandmaster games?

The 50-move rule states that if no capture or pawn move occurs for 50 consecutive moves, then either player may claim a draw. It seems like the 50-move rule is never truly necessary to determine that ...
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Why is it rare to see unusual "special" opening preparation by trailing player late in a match?

Taking the recent Anand-Carlsen match as an example, I know that grandmasters spend incredible amounts of time in opening preparation, and Anand's play to refute certain lines of the Berlin defense ...
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Do chess masters think with the board flipped when playing black?

Or do they always keep white on the bottom, as is the case with most historic games? Wouldn't it be easier for them to spot patterns from old games if they always oriented the board the same way in ...
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Why do players think after they have made a plan?

I have seen many live competitions from top GMs, and I can usually see one thinking 15 minutes straight, then doing a tactical move. After some thinking from the other player, he does the main move, ...
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Average income for titled chess players

What is the average income for an IM? What about for a super GM? Is there an online site/resource that has these average incomes? Also only the ones that come from chess or chess-related activities(...
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Do Grandmasters think using algebraic notation?

Is algebraic notation used just to communicate chess moves in written and spoken form, or should players strive to use it during their thinking process as well? In Dan Heisman's excellent 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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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

Between 1916 and 1924, future World Champion J.R. Capablanca, as of 1921, experienced a period of eight years without a single tournament defeat. He was then regarded as one of the world's best ...
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Which 20th century grandmster had the highest draw percentage in their career?

The title says it all. I am looking to learn and adopt a play style which does not necessarily win, but is typified as being incredibly difficult to actually win against, hence why I wish to know who ...
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What are the benefits of becoming a chess (player, team or tournament) sponsor?

It is probably well known that Magnus Carlsen is sponsored by Arctic Securities. An example of a tournament sponsorship is the Annual Rilton Cup sponsored by the Rilton Foundation. What are the ...