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A Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can achieve besides World Champion. Awarded by FIDE, the international chess federation, it signifies exceptional skill and accomplishment in chess.

Similar terms: International Master, FIDE, chess titles, Elo rating, Candidate Master, World Chess Champion, chess tournaments, norms, FIDE ratings, chess federation

So, what exactly is a Grandmaster?

A Grandmaster (GM) is a title awarded by FIDE to chess players who have demonstrated extraordinary ability and success in the international chess arena.

To achieve this title, a player must reach an Elo rating of at least 2500 at one point and fulfill three Grandmaster norms (high-level tournament performances) in events covering a minimum of 27 games against other titled players.

History and Origin of Grandmaster

The title of Grandmaster was first officially awarded by FIDE in 1950 to recognize the elite group of world-class chess players. Before this formal system, the term was occasionally used informally, with notable mentions as early as the 19th century.

Why is Grandmaster important?

The Grandmaster title is a testament to a player’s skill, perseverance, and mastery of chess. It is a prestigious achievement that opens doors to elite tournaments and is a mark of respect in the chess community.

Examples of Grandmaster

Prominent grandmasters include Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, and Judit Polgar, each demonstrating profound strategic understanding and innovation in their play.

How to become a Grandmaster

  1. Improve your chess skills to a competitive level.
  2. Participate in FIDE-rated tournaments to achieve a 2500 Elo rating.
  3. Earn three GM norms by performing at a high level in international competitions.
  4. Maintain consistent performance to meet all criteria set by FIDE.

Famous examples of Grandmaster

Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion, held the title of World’s Number One ranked player for 225 out of 228 months from 1986 until his retirement in 2005, exemplifying the pinnacle of Grandmaster achievement.

So far, Magnus Carlsen has held the world number 1 palyer postion for 147 months and counting. He is the GOAT in chess.

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