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What Distinguishes Supergrandmasters from Grandmasters in Chess?

"Grandmaster" (GM) is an official FIDE title; "super grandmaster" is not, and is an informal term. It is often used to denote players with FIDE ratings of 2700+ (with this ...
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How do strong (GM level) players visualise the board?

The question appears just before the hour mark. The three main members of the Chicken Chess Club are Laurent Fressinet, Peter Heine Nielsen and Jan Gustafsson, all 2600+ GMs. Here is a rough, much ...
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Does FIDE allow viewing how many IM/GM norms a player has?

Brian Towers' answer covers the part for viewing norms for players who are yet to obtain the title. To view the norms of a player who has already got a title will have the follow the steps Example ...
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Does FIDE allow viewing how many IM/GM norms a player has?

Is there a way to see through the FIDE website? Only for players who have not yet achieved all the norms they need. You can go to this web page, select the title (IM or GM), select the country of the ...
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Selection Criteria for Top Tier Participants in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Chessbase has an interesting article which gives some details: Anyone who wins a tournament below the Masters can move up a division the following year. This is how Alexander Donchenko slipped into ...
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Which Chess Engine is Most Preferred by Grandmasters for Analysis and Considered the Fastest and Best Currently?

Stockfish is the unchallenged strongest engine right now. It has won the last eight TCEC competitions, often by crushing margins. Its dominance is not seriously challenged; there are some engines that ...
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Should I practice like Chess Grandmaster Ding Liren to get better at chess?

Out of all of the openings that Ding Liren plays, his stats show that the D37 opening (Queen's Gambit Declined) has the highest win rate for him as white. As black, he has favourable odds in the C54 (...
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What is a norm factory?

First off: many people think a "norm" is just a very good result with a high Elo performance. This is not the case. The high Elo performance is indeed a factor, but a lot of other ...
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Which Chess Engine is Most Preferred by Grandmasters for Analysis and Considered the Fastest and Best Currently?

Not long ago, I attended a public lecture by Jon Edwards, the winner of the 2022 World Correspondence Chess Championship. In modern correspondence chess, unlimited engine use is permitted. To get an ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Is it known whether GMs' accuracy would improve? It depends on the GM. Peter Svidler, for instance, has said that he sometimes shuts his eyes or looks away from the board during long calculations ...
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Do top players get discouraged if they cannot beat the best player in the world?

I'm sure Carlsen's colleagues are a little discouraged with his dominance, but they didn't get to their current level by giving up against a (seemingly) stronger opponent. All of them must have had ...
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Which Chess Notation is Most Commonly Used in Grandmaster Classic Games?

Algebraic notation is the official notation of FIDE; if a player records the game in a different notation system, their scoresheet may not be used as evidence in the event of a dispute. I'm ...
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What are some of the present and past GM known to be autistic?

I am also neurodiverse and have written a book about that (and a second one is almost done). I play chess badly but I enjoy it. I think there are going to be two big issues in answering this question....
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Opportunities to Play Online Chess with Grandmasters for a 2000 Elo Player

There are some ways where you can get a match vs GMs. I've played a bunch of them in the following ways: Many GMs like Minh Le, Benjamin Bok, Eric Hansen, and Hikaru stream on Twitch. Sometimes, they ...
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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? You are wrong. There is a lot more to getting a norm than a rating ...
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Do players keep getting norms even after obtaining their titles?

First off, a (achieving a) "norm" is a lot more than just a certain Elo performance. @BrianTowers pointed that out (along with detailed requirement information) already in his answer. Still, ...
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Blunders that they didn't realise for some time

Of course this has happened, but it depends on your definitions. With the definition that "a blunder is a move that changes the game-theoretic state of the game" (e.g. "draw" to &...
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About the importance of a "check"

Good question! It is generally good to avoid checks. While the following moves after a check may not affect the player on a small scale; checks generally help the attacking player. Even if the ensuing ...
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Number of Games in the Upcoming World Classical Chess Championship: Comparison with Previous Championships

The format will be a best of 14 games. There will be tie breaks if required. Source The format has been formalised by FIDE, so I wouldn't be anticipating significant changes for at least another 2 to ...
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Game Analysis Techniques of Grandmasters in the 1970s for World Chess Championships

Before computer electronic databases chess knowledge was accumulated in books, magazines and tournament reports and word of mouth. In some countries eg USSR top players had regular paid employment and ...
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Understanding the Importance and Definitions of Classical, Blitz, and Rapid Chess World Championships

From my understanding, it really boils down to how your brain works, how great is your memory, do you prefer to trade off pieces and battle it out in the endgame, are you very strong with openings, ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Yes, it will. If you're allowed to move the pieces, you can calculate further and make fewer mistakes. There's a reason why playing blindfold is a handicap. Examples: I remember once reading about ...
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About the importance of a "check"

it seems that the higher rated players tend to top-prioritize a check, maybe overlooking another move that might ensure some gain Quite the contrary; there's a chess saying (attributed to Fischer) &...
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How many grandmasters have been stripped of their titles?

PhishMaster's answered regarding the international grandmaster (FIDE) titles, but USSR had its own "USSR grandmaster" title, which actually was introduced before. There are a few anectodes ...
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Do grandmasters ever disagree on what the main purpose of a move was?

As others have said, the answer is yes, but John Watson, author of the excellent book, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, might go further, and argue that in many cases, there is no "explanation&...
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