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Old GM?


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1

    cclynes

    Is it possible for someone to start playing chess at a later stage in their life say for example 50 years old and still make it to Grand Master level?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2

    Arctor

    Yes, there may not be many precedents but yes it is

    I recommend changing your approach though. Don't set grandmaster as your goal. Start by trying to become a decent player. Once you're decent, try break 2000. When you're at 2000, move on to the next goal and so on.

    But what do I know, I'm only a lowly 1500 player with less than a years experience Wink

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3

    cclynes

    I imagined that it would take quite a lot of stamina to become Grandmaster, but then I know guys over 70 that can still run pretty decent 10k times! I suppose it's all about drive and determination - something I think younger people have more of.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    Lawdoginator

    There's a first time for everything. 

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    cclynes

    So how old do you think the cut off period is? 30? 40? 42?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    trysts

    echecs06 wrote:

    Probably not, because our cognitive features really get hurt past a certain age.


    You're an excellent example of birth being that "certain age"Laughing

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    cclynes

    trysts wrote:
    echecs06 wrote:

    Probably not, because our cognitive features really get hurt past a certain age.


    You're an excellent example of birth being that "certain age"


    Ooooh!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9

    Lawdoginator

    Still, I'd love to see some guy take up chess at age fifty and become a GM by age sixty or seventy. That would be cool. 

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10

    chessmaster102

    Reb wrote:

    I dont think its ever been done so I would have to vote no. 


     GM Viktor Korchnoi would slap you lol.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11

    cclynes

    This got me thinking; who was the youngest GM?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #12

    chessmaster102

    cclynes wrote:

    This got me thinking; who was the youngest GM?


    Youngest Prodigy: Samuel Reshevsky

    Youngest GM: Magnus Carlson

    Youngest Expert: ?? Some 10yr old in California  

    Youngest Potential: Bobby Fischer

    Youngest Class C: ??? some 6yr old whos niw 20somethin and hes a NM.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13

    cclynes

    So Magnus Carlson was the youngest GM.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14

    chessmaster102

    cclynes wrote:

    So Magnus Carlson was the youngest GM.


     Yeper unless thers someone who achieved GM at 12 I don't know about.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #15

    goldendog

    chessmaster102 wrote:
    Reb wrote:

    I dont think its ever been done so I would have to vote no. 


     GM Viktor Korchnoi would slap you lol.


    Why?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #16

    trysts

    chessmaster102 wrote:
    cclynes wrote:

    So Magnus Carlson was the youngest GM.


     Yeper unless thers someone who achieved GM at 12 I don't know about.


    He was 13. The youngest ever was Karjakin. He was 12.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #17

    trysts

    In fact, the youngest ever, pre-computer dominance, was Judit Polgar.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #18

    cclynes

    Hypothetically would these GMs still have made it had they not learned chess until later in life?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #19

    MountainMayhem

    cclynes wrote:

    Hypothetically would these GMs still have made it had they not learned chess until later in life?


    I'd bet my money on "no."

    Life's responsibilities (and deteriorating brain function...and energy) get in the way. However...I've seen National Masters (~FIDE CM) past 50.


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