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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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What performance norms do I need for the USCF candidate master title?

The rating requirement is 2000-2199 but what performance norms do I need?
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How to become a FIDE Candidate Master?

I don't understand the requirements of this page: https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/B012024 Section 0.6.2 says I need a rating of 2000 to become a Candidate Master, but Section 1.3.2 says I need a ...
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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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Why are there so few candidate masters?

According to Wikipedia, as of 2021, there were approximately 2,000 open Candidate Masters, and about 8000 FIDE masters. If the conditions for CM are lower than that of FM, why are there fewer CMs than ...
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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 there such a thing as a criterion-based diploma or certification in chess skills?

The vast majority of chess titles today are fundamentally competitive. To be a "master" of any kind according to bodies like FIDE is defined in terms of being able to beat others rather than ...
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WCM titleholder without reaching 1800 elo

I came across this lady from Japan: https://ratings.fide.com/profile/7001800 She holds the WCM title, which according to the FIDE handbook requires that you have at one point in time reached 1800 elo ...
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Can a Chess Federation lower their NM title standard so people can get the benefits of it?

From what I read in the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_title#National_titles it mentions Some national chess federations award titles such as "National Master" (NM). ...
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What stops me from pumping up my rating by playing a 200 game match against a much weaker (>400 point difference) player?

This question is inspired by this extract from a question about minimum rating gain: One of the top 10 players in the world (say Magnus Carlsen), wants to increase his rating to 3000. He has a good ...
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Chess players with FM, IM or GM, starting career after 40?

I started my chess career very late. I knew precise knowledge about Chess at age 41. The first tournament I shared was when I 42 years old; I got performance rating of 1050. Could you give me hope? I'...
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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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Is it possible to achieve a title in online games?

I am a relatively weak player (~1600 chess.com) who mostly plays online blitz. Recently I've been thinking about shooting for a title (e.g. USCF expert) as a long-term goal. The area where I live has ...
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List of records for youngest WFMs (woman FIDE masters) since 1950 (or whenever)? [duplicate]

On Wiki, we have the List of youngest grandmasters since 1950. What about WFMs (woman FIDE masters) instead of GMs? Note 1: I really mean to ask about WFMs (females who obtain the female exclusive ...
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List of records for youngest WCMs (woman candidate masters) since 1950? [duplicate]

Re the close: If it was really a duplicate then why didn't Brian Towers♦ answer on the other post? Checkmate! On Wiki, we have the List of youngest grandmasters since 1950. What about WCMs (woman ...
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List of records for youngest female international masters since 1950? [duplicate]

Note: I really mean female IMs and not WIMs All IM version: List of records for youngest international masters since 1950? WIM version: List of records for youngest WIMs (woman international masters) ...
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List of records for the youngest FIDE masters since 1950?

Edit based on answer given by blunderchess1236 awhile ago: I'm not looking for just 1 person like who most recently attained the youngest (Alekhine Nouri). I'm asking also who held the record for ...
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List of records for youngest superWGMs since 1950?

On Wiki, we have a list for List of youngest grandmasters since 1950. What about superWGMs (any female player who has reached 2500+ or has become GM, whether or not they were actual WGMs so as to ...
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List of records for youngest superGMs since 1950? (or 1970 or whenever FIDE started rating people. or basically after 2700s after Fischer)

On Wiki, we have the List of youngest grandmasters since 1950. What about superGMs (defined anyone who has reached 2700+ peak FIDE standard) instead of GMs: where can I find a list for the youngest to ...
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List of records for youngest female grandmasters since 1950?

On Wiki, we have a list for List of youngest grandmasters since 1950. What about female GMs (really female GMs and not WGMs) instead of GMs? I guess the list ends with Judit Polgar, Koneru Humpy and ...
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Have there been any titled North Korean players?

I recently played against a player with a North Korean flag on Chess.com. I assume they just picked that flag for a laugh or something, but it did get me wondering; have there been any titled North ...
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Why did the USCF stop using a "grandmaster" title in 1961?

I was somewhat surprised to learn recently that the USCF used to use a ratings-based "Grandmaster" title, which was a title above "Senior Master". It seems that this was not a ...
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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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Why is Jovanka Houska introduced as a WGM when she holds the more prestigious IM title?

I've been watching the Champions Chess Tour and find it strange that Jovanka Houska is always (at least whenever I am watching) introduced as a woman grandmaster. Now I have absolutely no problem with ...
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Why do women have a lower Elo requirement to obtaining (women) FIDE titles?

As well as FIDE norms, you need a certain Elo to obtain a certain title. Women need around 200 points lower Elo to obtain the analogous women's only title: Grandmaster (GM) 2500+ International master ...
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Are there awards or titles for writing chess engines?

I recently found out that, in addition to the well-known titles for chess players, there are titles available for chess composers. Is there such a thing as an award or title issued to those who have ...
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What are Silver and Bronze positions for FIDE direct titles?

I refer to https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/B01DirectTitles2017 for the following question: Direct titles are awarded based on your performance in certain tournaments. A gold finish is being 1st ...
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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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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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Most recent "best in world" player who would be defeated by a CM

Of the chess players who could reasonably be considered the best in the world in at least one year in history, how far back would you have to go before one of them would lose to a 2020 Candidate ...
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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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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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Does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?

There is not much to add to the question. Quite simply, does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?
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Why wasn’t Rashid Nezhmetdinov a grandmaster?

He won the Russian championship 5 times, so why wasn’t he a grandmaster?
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Which titled players (IM or GM) have also been successful politicians?

Garry Kasparov has been an unsuccessful politician and there have been several successful politicians who have also been quite good chess players, but have any of them achieved the IM or GM title? ...
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Who is the oldest person to become a GM via norms and hitting 2500 in rating?

Who is the oldest person to become a GM via norms and hitting 2500 in rating? In other words, the standard way that most GMs achieve the title. This would rule out any of the old masters pre-FIDE, ...
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Can someone still get the title of "Club Master?"

In the 90's I was reading British Chess Magazine. I remember an article about the new title of "Club Master": a title given for strong chess performance at a club level. I have no idea what FIDE ...
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Which countries are easiest to gain rating points and earn FIDE titles in?

I recently played in a tournament in Iran (Fajr Cup, u2000), where 1600-rated players were a serious threat, and 1400-rated players would fight to the last pawn. I don't think a single opponent of ...
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In online chess with long time controls, does having a title encourage opponents to cheat against you? [closed]

I was looking through the top classical players list on LiChess, and I'm gradually improving. I noticed I'm catching up with IM Eric Rosen, which I found surprising (I'm nowhere near that strong). ...
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To earn a direct title for coming first in an official FIDE tournament, do we include players who already have that title?

I'm intending to play in the Oceania Zonal tournament (brochure) and direct titles will be awarded in this tournament. I'm interested in the WIM title. The FIDE handbook says in regards to the WIM ...
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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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Is a candidate master considered a master?

Is an FIDE candidate master (CM) considered a master? For example, if two opponents are each rated 2250 by the FIDE and each is a CM, is their game considered a master game? In ordinary English, the ...
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When was the FIDE title of Candidate Master first awarded?

Specifically, in which FIDE rating list do players first appear with the Candidate Master title? And which country (federation) had all the titles in that first list? Not that I'm suggesting a stitch ...
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How respectable is the CM title?

I know a man who has the CM title and his wife is WGM. They wrote a book together and on the cover her name is given with the WGM title but his name is left without his CM title. I asked him about ...
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What does "master" mean?

As I read both English and Russian chess literature I run into the term 'master'. It is clear from the context that is below grandmaster but is somehow given much respect. I never know what it ...
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Does FIDE give titles to chess composers?

Does FIDE give titles to chess composers? If so, do share more insight about the how-tos and other links to read.
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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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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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