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Old GM?


  • 3 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?

  • 3 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

  • 3 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.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    Lawdoginator

    There's a first time for everything. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6

    cclynes

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

  • 3 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

  • 3 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!

  • 3 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. 

  • 3 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.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    cclynes

    This got me thinking; who was the youngest GM?

  • 3 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.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    cclynes

    So Magnus Carlson was the youngest GM.

  • 3 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.

  • 3 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?

  • 3 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.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #17

    trysts

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

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #18

    cclynes

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

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #20

    Baddbishop

    I have trouble dismissing the possibility. Who, 50 years ago, would have believed a 12 year old GM was possible?


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