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Questions about titles of players, for example FIDE Grand Master

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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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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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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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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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Does FIDE give titles to chess composers?

If so, do share more insight about the how-tos and other links to read. Thanks!
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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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How many Grandmasters have been stripped of their titles?

How many Grandmasters have been stripped of there titles? I heard about that GM in the bathroom. Thanks!
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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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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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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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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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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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Expert vs. Candidate Master?

What is the difference? I mildly understand that Candidate Master is a 2000-2100 FIDE Title, but I've seen several USCF players with that under their "Norms" section, in conjunction with 1st Category,...
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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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Famous celebrity chessplayers?

Are there any celebrities, such as artists, politicians, etc, that also have a FIDE title? Also I don't want people whom had chess as a catapult to their job, because Karpov would be a great example ...
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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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What is the lowest chess title you can get?

I am not a pro chess player or anything, but I want to get some kind of chess title. What is the lowest ranking I can get to earn a chess title?