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  1. 03 Oct '10 07:19
    Forgive my ignorance, but what constitutes a "grandmaster"? Is it possible to become one through the good offices of RHP, or any other internet chess club? Or does one have to play "proper" chess and move bits of wood about in the good old - fashioned way. And finally, if it is possible to become one on - line, then how many points do you need. Thanks in anticipation to anyone who can answer this, which is probably most people....
  2. Subscriber C J Horse
    A stable personality
    03 Oct '10 08:44 / 1 edit
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  3. 03 Oct '10 10:51
    http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=10&view=category

    toet.
  4. 03 Oct '10 17:55
    Originally posted by toeternitoe
    http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=10&view=category
    Note, though, that this only describes the current system. Previously, FIDE has awarded grandmaster titles because, well, sometimes because the officials of the day felt like it, sometimes for political reasons, and sometimes because it was actually deserved. And before FIDE was the one source of "official" titles, anyone who had won an international tournament was sometimes called a Grand Master.
    The result of all this is that some people who have held the grandmaster title would never get it today, while some who have one now would not have had it before 1950. And in all of those cases, you'll find some for whom this is now, or was then (or both! ), seen as justified, and some unjustified. Basically, there does not seem to be a perfect system for awarding master titles, or even a better than adequate one.

    Richard
  5. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    03 Oct '10 19:06
    Originally posted by Indonesia Phil
    Forgive my ignorance, but what constitutes a "grandmaster"? Is it possible to become one through the good offices of RHP, or any other internet chess club? Or does one have to play "proper" chess and move bits of wood about in the good old - fashioned way. And finally, if it is possible to become one on - line, then how many points do you need. Thanks in anticipation to anyone who can answer this, which is probably most people....
    What is a Grandmaster? It's one of those little creatures that eats cheese!
  6. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    04 Oct '10 16:29
    "An opening novelty is to the chess Grandmaster what a slick draw is to the gunfighter. You gotta have one or you're gonna die!" – Yasser Seirawan
  7. 04 Oct '10 17:05
    Hi Phil

    To become a GM you need to be in the top 1000 or so players in the world. You can only get to be one by playing in top tounamants against other world class players. Internet chess results do not count. In terms of rating you are looking at around 2600+ in proper chess tournaments.
  8. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    04 Oct '10 17:17
    I thought it was 3 gm norms and a 2500 rating?
  9. 05 Oct '10 02:04
    I believe you may be confusing a grandmaster with the common mouse [mousus mousus], however since it may also be true that grandmasters eat cheese [somebody should write a paper on the subject], then using this as a working hypothesis it follows that if one eats enough cheese, one would eventually become a grandmaster. This theory falls down somewhat, however, given the fact that I myself have eaten a great deal of cheese in my short life, and have yet to become one. Indeed my chess playing is no better than average. Perhaps I am eating the wrong type of cheese. Any suggestions?? One further thought; if one were to take the cheese - eating route to grandmasterdom, one may become extremely fat, but at least one's brain would not explode.
  10. 05 Oct '10 02:17
    And one further thought.....the words "chess" and "cheese" are so similar that there must be link between the two, this simply cannot be a coincidence. I think we may be onto something.
  11. Standard member pdunne
    Badmaster
    04 Dec '10 10:01
    Of course the only real Grandmasters are those proclaimed as such by the Tsar of all the Russias...
  12. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    04 Dec '10 19:12
    Originally posted by Indonesia Phil
    And one further thought.....the words "chess" and "cheese" are so similar that there must be link between the two, this simply cannot be a coincidence. I think we may be onto something.
    I couldn't help but search "chess and cheese"

    CHESS CAKE SQUARES
    Printed from COOKS.COM
    1 box yellow cake mix
    4 eggs
    1 box confectioners' sugar
    1 stick butter, melted
    1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
    Mix together cake mix, butter and one egg. Press into 9"x13" buttered pan. Then mix cream cheese, 3 eggs and sugar together. Pour over cake mix and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.