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Why are there few or no black super GMs?

The number of players was already mentioned. But lets go one level deeper than that. There are two driving factors in the chance that a player becomes a top player: Talent Education And once you ...
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Why are there few or no black super GMs?

I would say the main reason here is the low proportion of black players. If you look at statistics from the 20th century, you will find very few top players from Asia. But as chess became more popular ...
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Can a grandmaster still win against engines if they have a really long consideration time?

Are there asymmetric time controls where a GM can still beat Stockfish? Certainly, as long as you give Stockfish little enough time. I think the time you give to Stockfish is almost more important ...
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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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Can a grandmaster still win against engines if they have a really long consideration time?

Here's a comment by GM Kaufman, developer of Komodo (emphasis mine). Q: Author Cyrus Lakdawala suggested I ask: In what respect are the program's move choices human? A: All the features of the ...
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Is it racist that white pieces move first in a chess game?

No, it's not racist; it's just a convention. Or like the famous chess saying goes: "White begins, Black wins". There are other board games like Go where Black begins, or games where it depends on ...
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How many games would Magnus Carlsen need to win to get an ELO of 3000?

The answer is that it depends heavily on his future opponents and schedule. Instead, lets first answer an easier problem. If we assume his opponents' average ELO of say 2770 (the current average of ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

Well, all you mentioned are probably the reasons for some players. I would also add 'lack of time' as one of the reasons. When you get older you may need to go to a college/university (chess don't ...
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Is it racist that white pieces move first in a chess game?

Is it racist that white moves first? No. According to MoveForEquality.com: The rule was originally developed to make annotation easier, and has never been considered in the context of prejudice. ...
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How often do Super GMs achieve 100% engine correlation?

It depends on how many people analyze his games. The more different engines are used to compare a player's move, the more likely a match with an engine moves. There is even evidence that people (e.g. ...
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How often do Super GMs achieve 100% engine correlation?

According to this tweet: I analyzed every classical game of Magnus Carlsen since January 2020 with the famous chessbase tool. Two 100 % games, two other games above 90 %. It is an immense difference ...
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Is a team of GMs stronger than a single super-GM?

I think a team of GMs are not significantly stronger than a single GM. My reasoning is: Thinking is fast while communicating is slow and error-prone. It takes dramatically more time to explain an ...
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Why do top GM's "retire" from chess?

I don't know about the practical reasons that you suggest, but I imagine retirement is a way to tell your fans and the world "stop bugging me!". :-) Super-GMs probably retire when they feel they are ...
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Is a team of GMs stronger than a single super-GM?

copying from question post. Q: Could a team of us [British GMs] beat Magnus? A: We stand a much better chance. I mean just in terms of spotting tactics or spotting ideas. But somebody would need to ...
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Is a team of GMs stronger than a single super-GM?

There was a public exhibition with a very similar scenario to what you describe. It was called "Carlsen vs The World" and took place in 2010. The world was represented by internet viewers, who could ...
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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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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet?

Well, of course in very short time controls one cannot assess all the details prescribed in the answers of that good post. Grandmasters rely mostly on their vast experience, as much as it happens in ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

All the reasons you (and others) mentioned are very valid, however they don't explain the trend that top players become increasingly younger. I do believe that this has a lot to do with how chess is ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

It may be possible for an older man to "maintain" a certain level of play, but people's ability to improve and learn new things peak in their early 30s. Chess is a dynamic and changing game. Someone ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

In addition to the plausible answers already given, I'd venture another psychological aspect that resonates well with Leo Skhrnkv's point about family life and other 'distractions': Lack of single-...
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Is a team of GMs stronger than a single super-GM?

There are no studies I know of on the topic of X GMs vs 1 GM, so I'll answer based off my own reasoning. First, let's assume the chance of a GM making a mistake on any move is 10% (when playing ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

Chess is dominated by young players because other than your brain no part of the body is really involved. True, you need to have a healthy and fit body to concentrate on the game hard, but technically ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

For chess at tournament level, good physical condition is an absolute must. And it is well known that physical condition decreases after an age of about 30 years. Chess players can remain top-level ...
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Why is chess dominated by relatively young players?

Note that all the exciting, major World Chess Championships occurred about 20-30 years ago (Kasparov, Karpov, Anand, Kramnik). Hence, young people (people who are now in their 30s) got interested in ...
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet?

They look at lots of master games and repeat those same patterns, avoiding blunders. In the opening, every move is used to get a piece out. In the middle game, piece maneuvering occurs. In the end ...
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"Highest" level of illegal move

Garry Kasparov (who else?) pushed a pawn to the 8th rank in time trouble against Karpov and pressed the clock without replacing the pawn with a queen. Karpov eventually lost on time in a losing ...
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How often do Super GMs achieve 100% engine correlation?

Well, it is pretty easy to calculate. Let's do the exercise for Magnus Carlsen, who has an engine correlation of 70%, which seems reasonable given that similar strong players like Fisher and Kasparov ...
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"Highest" level of illegal move

Another illegal move was made by in a game Zagrebelny Sergey vs Kayumov Dmitry [Title "Zagrebelny Sergey vs Kayumov Dmitry (1992)"] [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 ...
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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)

My research tells me, that FIDE has only started rating players from 1970/71 on.[1] Background Knowledge There are multiple databases listing players, for example OlympBase, which contains the ratings ...
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