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How do you feel about Fischer's bogus GM title?
Baloney. If winning the FIDE women's title was really a greater achievement than the usual GM norm process, she would be turning in GM norms regularly - since she is better than that, right?
It makes no sense to assert this. All these automatic titles for Women's, Senior, and Junior champions are bogus. It is a great achievement to win any of those titles, but it is NOT the same as fulfilling the normal requirements.
She would have if she had played in rated men's tournaments enough.
I am a lot more skeptical about GM titles achieved with ordinary norm processes. There are a lot of pre-arranged results, bribery and even bogus tournaments also happened.
I am glad I just mastered the mate today!
Congrats. It pays off.
I assume Fischer cleared the norms during his career.
So in the end him having the title is ok, but I agree with Estragon, those titles are worth less then getting a GM title the "normal" way.
And I disagree with Estragon, because to win women championship knockout is definitely harder (a lot!) than achieve GM norm.
Think of it this way:
There are 29 women who are Grandmasters.
I don't know for sure how many women are still alive who have won the World Championship, but I'm pretty sure it's far less than 29. And most of the women's world champions were grandmasters before they won.
Having said that, the tournament format for the last women's world championship was a bit of a lottery, much in the same way that Ponomariov and Kasimdzhanov won world championships.
Ushenina's rating has hovered around 2500 for a while now. She is certainly GM strength.
Meanwhile, Lilienthal and Epishin were both grandmasters who failed to solve the B+N mate over the board. I'm still surprised that a modern GM wouldn't be able to do it, but Ushenina's credentials are not dented by that. She is still 2450-2500 strength.
For those of you who would like to try:
Arg, for premium members only. Maybe Ushenina is not a premium member.
titled players get free premium membership if they sign up for an account. Too bad Ushenina didn't.
Congratulations. I still can't mate Fritz. Not easy.
Are you "just trying", or did you actually learn a method? (Deletang's Triangle, or the standard "W" maneuver).
By the way, another fun and unorthodox yet useful ending, is Q vs N.
It's considerably easier than B+N, but not as straight forward as Q vs B at least. As far as I'm away there is no specific method to do this, other than placing your king and queen on "good squares" - that is, squares where the knight cannot check you (or god forbid, fork). Basically just push the opponent's king to the edge of the board, and from there checkmate or the win of the knight can be forced.
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