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Are there any specific requirements for becoming a NM?


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #41

    electricpawn

    An NM coffee cup, and chess groupies!

     

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #42

    chessmaster102

    about a year or 2 ago I thought NM meant to get it you had to be a top player nationally and CM I thought was (City Master) meant one of the top players in city and now that I know what it really takes to reach on of those I think to myself (booooring my made up qualifiers seem much more intresting)Laughing

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #43

    Elubas

    Laughing

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #44

    Conflagration_Planet

    This is the first time I've heard of that life master crap.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #45

    AndyClifton

    We want the groupies!  We want the groupies!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #46

    AndyClifton

    woodshover wrote:

    This is the first time I've heard of that life master crap.


    Even though the first (rated) master I ever played was DeFirmian, I'd actually played a LM the year before, although his rating had dropped to 2160 by the time I met him...a guy named Carl Pilnick.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #47

    Greymiles

    Date Scarlett Johansson

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #49

    Conflagration_Planet

    iFrancisco wrote:
    woodshover wrote:

    This is the first time I've heard of that life master crap.


    Why is it "crap?" It is a way to recognize those that that have stayed at master strength for a long time rather than someone who just peaked over 2200 and fell back down to mid-expert.

    On the other hand, the USCF norm system... don't even get me started, lol.


     None of it will ever affect me anyhoooooooooooo.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #50

    goldendog

    AndyClifton wrote:

    Even though the first (rated) master I ever played was DeFirmian, I'd actually played a LM the year before, although his rating had dropped to 2160 by the time I met him...a guy named Carl Pilnick.


    Pilnick was about 2300 back when there weren't many of those. He won the US Amateur in the early 70s and the comment I remember from the CL&R article was What was he doing there? meaning dropped his rating so low as to qualify.

    He was known as a strong master, not just a normal NM.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #51

    AndyClifton

    iFrancisco wrote:
    It is a way to recognize those that that have stayed at master strength for a long time rather than someone who just peaked over 2200 and fell back down to mid-expert.

     

    Still, according to USCF we're cool now. Cool

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #53

    AndyClifton

    Well, rating certainly does matter to me...and to most people I've known (not much point to join USCF without that).  And now they have norms?!...lol.  God, those bozos...it just gets worse and worse!  And I thought they couldn't get any more ridiculous than the days of the Candidate Experts (USCF proves me wrong yet again).

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #55

    Cystem_Phailure

    I realize it's hardly the definitive source, but according to Wikipedia a floor of 2200 is only granted to those with Original Life Master status, and otherwise the highest floor is 2100.  So perhaps his friend peaked over 2400 without amassing (yet) 300 games over 2200?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #57

    PrawnEatsPrawn

    Reb wrote:

    I think floors are a bad idea anyway and certainly should be adjusted, if not removed completely , for seniors.  I know a NM who is now in his 70s and his floor is 2200 but he no longer plays chess at this level and it keeps him from being competitive. He has written uscf and asked that his floor be adjusted and they refuse..... so far. 


    We don't have rating floors in the ECF, so one can play his whole life, gradually sliding down the order. We have one player at my club who is nearly ninety and still competitive, in the minor section.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #58

    Cystem_Phailure

    I can see how the establishment of floors helped curtail sandbagging, but it does seem like it would make more sense to bestow a floor for a time period (maybe 10 years?), reviewable thereafter for another period, rather than as a lifetime chain around the neck.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #60

    chessmaster102

    Can someone explain or give me a link explaining rating floors and what there used for cause I honestly haven't a clue yet i'm part of USCF.


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