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Rashid Nezhmetdinov, aka “Super Nezh”, was clearly GM strength, having a plus score in the 20 games he played against World Champions, including a plus score against his friend, Tal. He was also a five-time Russian champion (this title predates the Soviet Union, and is not the same as champion of the Soviet Union). I was a Russian linguist in the Air Force ...


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I think an important aspect to consider is the audience of the show. For the Champions Chess Tour, chess24 has two English language shows; one with Houska and David Howell targeted to a more casual audience, the other with Tania Sachdev and Peter Leko that is aimed towards an audience that is more familiar with chess terminology and concepts. I think a ...


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Brilliant little data mining project! I used the wiki list of GMs and wrote a quick and dirty script to extract the data. Feel free to use and expand/alter it, if you are interested. As it turns out, the average age for reaching GM is just above 28. It is, however, skewed by "old" generation players and players from time before GM title was a thing. It was ...


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There are actually three different distinctions in the USCF system that have to do with a 2200 rating. First is the National Master title. It is awarded to anyone who has ever had an established (not provisional) rating of over 2200. Once a player is a National Master, they have the title for life no matter what happens to their rating. The NM title has no ...


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In order to qualify for the title of Grandmaster, a player must achieve three Grandmaster norms. That is not accurate. The regulations for the award of FIDE titles are given here. There are two ways to become a grandmaster. Achieving norms and reaching a certain rating is one way but there are also Direct Titles. The FIDE handbook defines these like this:...


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Dana Reizniece-Ozola holds the title of Woman Grandmaster (2001) and is a politician who served as Minister of Economics (2014–2016) and Minister of Finance (2016–2019) of the Republic of Latvia. In the Olympiad of 2016, she beat Hou Yifan. Perhaps not a minister, but in chess he reached the absolute top: former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. He's member of ...


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What are the criteria that differentiate a chess grandmaster from a chess international master? The current FIDE rules regarding the awarding of international titles are described in FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2017. Basically there are two ways to achieve a title - via norms or directly via achieving a given result in a world or ...


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If the aim is to award the title only to world class players, I can think of some much easier system to select them, e.g. you must have been rated in the top 100 of the world at one point. This would tie the title to a single, easily-understood number. I notice some of the lower titles already use this criterion (e.g. Candidate Master) The comparison with ...


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Rating is a lagging indicator. That is, it gives an estimate of playing strength in the past. Therefore by definition players who are improving are underrated and players who are declining in strength are overrated. Therefore as a first step if you can enter late you should look at the age profile of the entries and avoid entering tournaments with lots of ...


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There are, of course, some players who have been given the title in perfectly "respectable" circumstances like reaching a certain rating or reaching 50% in an Olympiad. However, try this. Go to the FIDE rating website and do an advanced search for titled players sorted by rating ascending. The first 7 players in the list are WCM with ratings between 1032 ...


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According to this Wikipedia entry, the lowest FIDE title is Candidate Master (CM), which requires an ELO rating of at least 2200. Obviously national chess federations offer their own titles, often with lower requirements.


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The USCF has two independent systems for naming players' levels: 1) Rating-based: Senior Master (2400+), National Master (2200-2399), Expert (2000-2199), Class A (1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), etc. This describes your current rating; you can be Class A today and Class B next week. The one exception is that once your rating gets to 2200, you are a master ...


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After doing some checking, it seems that this is a relatively new phenomenon. Before the advent of technology, and strong chess playing programs on smartphones, it does not appear that any GMs had ever been stripped of their titles until GM Gaioz Nigalidze, at least that I could find. Gaioz Nigalidze was stripped of his GM title after being caught with a ...


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according to Wikipedia she also holds the more prestigious international master title It's perhaps worth starting by identifying the difference between an IM and WGM title. According to the latest FIDE regulations - FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2017: 1.48 Performance Rating (Rp) In order to achieve a norm, a player must perform at a level ...


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They used to, but now the titling process is handled by the World Federation for Chess Composition. Here's a link to some of the titles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_grandmasters_for_chess_composition


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Oscar Shapiro was the oldest player to become a master. He did it at the age of 74. Wilhelm Steinitz was the oldest world chess champion. He won the title from Zuckertort in 1886 at the age of 50 and held it until he was defeated by Lasker in 1894 at the age of 58 years and 10 days. Source


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Yes, we include all the players who participated in the event. If you finish second after WGM Ryjanova, you will receive a norm but not the title. If you finish fourth, you receive neither, regardless of who is on the podium. If the level of the field is high with a lot of tilted players participating, it often occurs that no 'special' title is awarded at ...


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In general, countries with many tournaments but not a super strong "chess culture". I think China and Iran tend to not have so many tournaments (if I recall correctly), which explains why their players tend to be more underrated. Meanwhile, European countries have lots of FIDE rated events (some clubs have such events every weekend!). Since they have more ...


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The oldest player for whom I can find supporting evidence is Nikolai Shalnev who was 57 when he got his third GM norm in the Spring 2001 tournament in Odessa at which point his FIDE rating was 2550. According to his (German) Wikipedia entry: Shalnev trägt seit 2001 den Großmeister-Titel. Die dritte Norm für den Titel des Großmeisters hat er beim ...


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Yes. According to the ECF website it costs £10 and a number of different titles are available for ECF members: (a) Chess Maestro A player must achieve a grade of at least 95 on any ECF official grading list. (b) Team Master A player must achieve a grade of at least 120 on any ECF official grading list. (c) Club Master A player must achieve a ...


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The answer used to be Yes, via the Permanent Commission for Chess Compositions; in 2010 the Commission became the independent World Federation for Chess Composition, but "both organisations are cooperating". As was the case before 2010, there are three titles: Master, International Master, and Grandmaster, all based on the counts of problems and studies ...


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I think WFM Rodrigo is correct when she says that the reasons are statistical and that having fewer female players means having far fewer players at the top. If you assume that males and females have the same mean and standard deviation (we shall see soon that this assumption is false) and you draw the two normal curves you see that the curve with fewer ...


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Yes, it is possible. FIDE can award the title of honorary grandmaster, based on a player's past performances and/or other contributions to chess. Most of the honorary grandmasters were still alive when they were awarded the title. However, there are two examples where the title was awarded posthumously: GM Rudolf Maric and GM Karoly Honfi.


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If one is not a GM then apparently they did not satisfy the written FIDE rules for getting to be a GM. Maybe russia had their version of GM titles for players like USA does with USCF. Was his rating 2500+ ?? Did he play in enough tournaments with enough GMs with enough rounds and score well enough enough times ?? Clearly not since he died in 1974 when the ...


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It's not the same title. Women Grandmaster (WGM) for example is clearly less prestigious than GM because the requirements are lower. FIDE isn't giving out the same title to women who have less knowledge than men, they are giving out exclusive titles for women. In the same way there are female players who have achieved the actual GM title (e.g. Hou Yifan is a ...


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here's a list of some famous chess players who were able gain fame in other areas.Just to mention ,none of them are actors or politicians. Former world Champion Mikhail Botvinnik was a famous computer scientist and electrical engineer. He was one of earliest pioneers of AI. Attacking player Extraordinaire Rashid Nezhmetdinov was also a checkers player,...


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A solution: Move to a country with a low rated national team and join the team in the Olympiad. CM and WCM titles are awarded for 50% performance in at least 7 games in the Chess Olympiad, regardless of the ranking of opponents (Fide Handbook). Because the pairings are made using the Swiss system and your team mates are (hopefully) performing poorly, you ...


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I've displayed an FM title and never noticed a problem with cheating once. Your question is the first time I've ever thought about the concept of someone wanting to cheat more against a titled player. If anything, most players would want the opportunity to get to play a titled player, and wouldn't waste it by cheating with an engine. How do you know that ...


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Per Chris Bird, the USCF's "FIDE Events Manager", the USCF only pays for GM, IM, WGM, and WIM titles. FM(WFM) and CM(WCM) are the responsibility of the player. The USCF still applies on your behalf, but you pay the fee. The fees are currently as follows: Grandmaster/WGM: 330 Euro International Master/WIM: 165 Euro FIDE Master/WFM: 70 Euro Candidate ...


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