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There are so many GM's today that I think there should be a separate title to distinquish the best of the best... the creme de la creme so to speak. I propose the title of Super Grand Master or SGM to any player who can maintain a top ten rank for four consecutive quarters in the FIDE rating/ranking bulletins. Once a player achieves this he becomes an SGM and loses this title only in the event of falling outside of the top ten for say two, three or four consecutive quarters.. I haven't decided on this yet.
There is no need for further titles, the ones that are super grandmasters are already known as it. Adding new titles once every 10 year due to inflation would only make the titles more silly than they already are.
I do not know how long you have been a part of the chess comunity in general but the title "super grandmaster" though not official is commonly used to denotate a small circle of grandmasters that have the potential to hold their own against the WC, become WC or have a ridiculously high elo.
What's the general rating minimum for a super gm? 2600?
While I'd certainly welcome their crime fighting abilities, where are you going to find a telephone booth for them to change in this day and age?
2600 nowadays no way. We'd have 100 super GMs.
We typically have 30+ 2700s at any time, and I think that's not nearly exclusive enough for an elite corp.
Maybe no less than 2750 should be Super GM. 10 top players or so.
How many minutes of your life do you have to give up to chess to become a Grandmaster or Super Grandmaster?
I have heard the term Super Grand Master thrown around loosely to denote said individuals but I propose to officialy sanction the title such as what was done when the Grand Master title was sanctioned years ago. This would as I said separate the elite players from the every day run of the mill GM's out there. Again the requirement to earn the title would be to hold a top ten spot in the FIDE rating list for four consecutive quarters. This I feel is a elite enough accomplishment for a GM to earn the title.
I think a cape should be awarded along with the title. They would get to choose the color. This could be one way to spot your favorite SGM at a tournament. Lastly it would have an embroidered monogram in golden thread.
Thus the requirement that a GM must maintain a top ten status in the FIDE rating list for four consecutive quarters (one year). After achieving the title a player could be demoted back down to regular GM if he falls from the top ten for a undetermined amount of time... say 3 or more quarters perhaps. The average rating for the top ten is currently 2774
I'd say a minimum of five years although it is probably longer depending on the players apptitude, natural ability and time invested in trying to achieve that goal. The actual minutes can easily be calculated based on the number of hours per day a person devotes to the game up until achieving the title... of course varying for each individual.
A new title would never need to be added in ten years or ever really because the SGM title would only comprise of maybe ten to thirty of the worlds elite players at any given time with those falling below it's standards being demoted down to the standard GM title. I don't feel the titles are "silly" by any means. They denote a class of player who has achieved a superior level of play than a simple master and has proven himself or herself against players of equal or better standing. Would you call the title of PhD silly for and individual who goes to school and achieves said title by completing all the necessary requirements to do so?
I'm sure accomodations for such things can be provided by the tournaments organizers or sponsors... (=
Agreed. The ratings speak for themselves.
Perhaps maybe a cape denoting the SGM's country flag with a personal fastener unique to the individual himself. Upon ariving at the board for play an assistant could remove the cape, bow and then wisk it away to a anteroom... (=
Perhaps maybe a cape denoting the SGM's country flag with a personal fastener unique to the individual himself. Upon ariving at the board for play an assistant sidekick could remove the cape, bow and then wisk it away to a anteroom... (=
lol , the flag and sidekick are great ideas. This could help get top level chess more air time on television, especially if they break them up into heros and villains and give them each a little back story. Before you know it you'd see tabloid magazines pick it up too with titles like "Reports confirm Fischer faked death and is playing in disguise" etc.
I probably couldn't bring myself to watch it, but it would help generate interest + money for chess in general.
How many of todays GMs could be worthy of the title World Champion? And who would they be?
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