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Today ? Probably not.Existing younger players w/ tech. says it would be a long, uphill climb. Maybe 40 years ago there was a good chance....getting past 14/1900 rated players today is going to be hard,very hard as in many cases they seek the same tittles and have vast book knowledge. If u have some existing ability (checkers, go) W/ board games and a math backround it counts toward your goal.I give u credit for seeking a tittle but mountain climbing,poker, would be alot easier......good luck
Thanks guys, just wondering. Regardless of obtaining a title I plan to continue to pursue improving my chess.
Blackburne started at the age of 18 from what I've heard.
Chigorin started to take chess seriously at the age of 24 and was one of the top players in the world at the end of the 19th century. So unless you want to say that one of the top world players at the end of the 19th century is weaker than a today national master, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
I hope not, because i have heard all the it can't be done comments before but i am 51 and even though i know it is a huge uphill climb i intend to break the 2200 barrier before i die
I'm 56 and I confidently expect to break 2200 (online) within a year.
Good luck i hope you do strike a blow for us old guys, but i am trying to break 2200 OTB not on-line
Two US players achieved the GM title over age 40 in recent years, Jesse Krai and Ben Finegold. Both had been IMs for a number of years before, so it is a bit different situation but shows one can still make a major advance if you keep after it.
can i become titled i am 14 and my rating is 1490 FIDE i am asking this because it is difficult to go uphill with an established rating
A better question might be: Are you going to spend 10 years of vigorous study for a title? Or because you like chess?
Your rating isn't bad at all for your age, quite the opposite. But yours is a difficult age- you have to combine your school studies with chess studies, and school studies in Greece for players of your age are stupidly complex- can I say paranoid?
Chigorin learned the moves at age 16 but didnt become serious before he was 24.
He's also getting to the age where the interest turns to a broader definition of mating.
I live in the back-woods of New Brunswick... so unless I can teach the bears to play chess (and get them rated by the Canadian Chess Federation) I'm a not really in a position to pick up the points OTB.
hey ! Don't spoil it for me. 76 & still hopping.
I started playing chess seriously about 6 months ago. I am playing every day and studying every day as well. Currently I am rated 1394. Is there any hope for me to one day reach some sort of title?
NM yes, FM maybe, higher would be really fantastic ! (and probably a first starting at your age)
Everyone I see getting USCF NM (2200) titles are under 15 years old nowadays.
speaking as a kid, I went from 0 to 2000 in a little over 4 years. However, I'm finding the road between Expert to NM (2000 to 2200) very treacherous and slippery for now, but I've still got a bit of time before reaching 15. Heck, just in order for me to minimally qualify for the World Youth tournament either this year or next year, I have to be a titled player at minimum (over 2200).
Well done.... good luck.
I speak from experience when I say that 2200 online here is A class (1800-2000) USCF OTB.
I speak from experience when I say that 2000 here is 1970 USCF.
I speak from experience when I say that 1987 here is 2130 USCF. I'm trying to get red letters at 24, I don't see why not 25.
I have seen people become GM's at age 60! like Larry Kaufman. It's never to old to become a title player my friend.
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