Possible to get GM without being a child prodigy?

SSPTG

But I am 15 years old, and have a 1450-1500 chess.com rating

Uhohspaghettio1

Starting chess as a child doesn't even really affect your final chess standard much. Fischer was 13 before he started playing properly (like a lot of people he knew the rules before that, but he never actually sat down and studied it or went through games). It's not like gymnastics or reading/writing where you will be greatly disadvantaged if you don't start when a child. Chigorin didn't start playing properly until he was 25! 

People talk about how the Russian champions started at 4 or 5 years old and that's how they are so great but you make it sound like they're going through books and with a chess trainer when at that age they are just fooling around like with lego blocks. On the other hand the vast majority of people who started at 4 or 5 end up as patzers like the rest of us. 

 

Thechezzbozz

Im just saying that if u played chess for 1 hour every day and then watched youtube openings videos by Hikaru r Gotham for 1 hour aswell then you get 730 hours a year an 7300 hours after 10 years. Isnt there sthg about youll be a master at the skill if you did it for 10,000 hours. Ive gone from 300 to 1400 in 1 year doing this so it could work 

Uhohspaghettio1

The 10,000 hours thing is nonsense. If that was what it took you'd have people doing that all the time. There are people who could spend 10,000 hours on chess and still be 1600 - and I'm sure there are a lot of older people like that. People like Kasparov talk about 10,000 hours because they're trying to shill courses and books and software.   

It's like a videogame - is it always the players who play the most or take it the most seriously come out on top? No of course not. People have different abilities. 

Thechezzbozz

The way to do it is to improve on your weaknesses and not compliment your strengths