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"they just never get the necessary norms for some reason or another"
This line was the most sensible line in this thread till now.
Some IMs are stronger than some GMs, they just never get the necessary norms for some reason or another. I recall that Kramnik was once a 2650 rated FM.... he went straight to GM and was never an IM. I also played a 15 yo FM who was over 2500 ...
Between those reasons could be: wrong training methods, wrong (or lack) of a mentor, personal issues, economical reasons...
Reading books will increase your knowledge of chess ideas. Instead of restricting your chess, it will open new doors allowing you broaden your horizon. Not reading will result in restricting your chess and staleness in your play.
This subject has really stretched out but an interesting question if you have a response against reading books? I feel any kind of reading is good for the brain, just like chess is at any level!
If the chess book does not cost over $100 and and others have also had success reading it then i say i give it the green light and vote Pros.
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