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How to become a grand master?

  • #21

    No-one becomes aGM without working very hard at chess. Some have to do more work than others.  Whether that is because they are genetically less gifted, or because they are not so well taught, or because most of us acquire bad habits that hinder our progress and have to be overcome is an open question.  Some people think they know all the answers.  They are mistaken.


    You are rated 1625. You should be asking "How do I get to 1700+ ?"


  • #22

    Being Too 'ratings' oriented, has its' drawbacks. And, involuntary 'wi-fi' disconnects; Help keep one, from taking 'ratings' too seriously!

    That, and the knowledge that, if you're 'super' at 'chess'  online - It Could be a sign, that one needs to 'Get-a-Life'! ..lol

  • #23
    SuperCastlefragilist wrote:

    I would like to think all i need to do is practice...lots and lots of practice but...

    some kids like 12 years old or younger are masters at chess already...

    It's comparable to a mountain your all the way at the bottom and have to fight scratch claw your way up every inch of the way and pay your dues and in your way are legions of masters, international masters, grandmaster and lots of extremely talented kids already there it's a crowded profession.

    Players can spend years decades trying to get the GM title they never do nothing is guaranteed ever no one is entitled or special.

  • #24

    give up everything you have and have a new mindset 

    go for it you may not become grandmaster but you will be strong unstopple great player

    good luck

  • #25
  • #26

    Possibly of interest:
    "... the NM title is an honor that only one percent of USCF members attain. ..." - IM John Donaldson (2015)
    What It Takes to Become a Chess Master by Andrew Soltis
    "... going from good at tactics to great at tactics ... doesn't translate into much greater strength. ... You need a relatively good memory to reach average strength. But a much better memory isn't going to make you a master. ... there's a powerful law of diminishing returns in chess calculation, ... Your rating may have been steadily rising when suddenly it stops. ... One explanation for the wall is that most players got to where they are by learning how to not lose. ... Mastering chess ... requires a new set of skills and traits. ... Many of these attributes are kinds of know-how, such as understanding when to change the pawn structure or what a positionally won game looks like and how to deal with it. Some are habits, like always looking for targets. Others are refined senses, like recognizing a critical middlegame moment or feeling when time is on your side and when it isn't. ..." - GM Andrew Soltis (2012)
    100 Chess Master Trade Secrets by Andrew Soltis
    Reaching the Top?! by Peter Kurzdorfer
    "... On the one hand, your play needs to be purposeful much of the time; the ability to navigate through many different types of positions needs to be yours; your ability to calculate variations and find candidate moves needs to be present in at least an embryonic stage. On the other hand, it will be heart-warming and perhaps inspiring to realize that you do not need to give up blunders or misconceptions or a poor memory or sloppy calculating habits; that you do not need to know all the latest opening variations, or even know what they are called. You do not have to memorize hundreds of endgame positions or instantly recognize the proper procedure in a variety of pawn structures.
    [To play at a master level consistently] is not an easy task, to be sure ..., but it is a possible one. ..." - NM Peter Kurzdorfer (2015)
    Train Like a Grandmaster by Kotov
    Becoming a Grandmaster by Keene
    What It Takes to Become a Grandmaster by GM Andrew Soltis
    "BENJAMIN FINEGOLD (born Sep-06-1969 ...) ... Ben became a USCF Life Master at 15, USCF Senior Master at 16, an International Master in 1989, and achieved his final GM norm at the SPICE Cup B Section in September, 2009. ..."
    "MARK IZRAILOVICH DVORETSKY (... died Sep-26-2016 ...) ... He was ... awarded the IM title in 1975. Dvoretsky was also a FIDE Senior Trainer and noted author. ... During the 1970s, Mark was widely regarded by the strongest IM in the world, ..."

    "... Many aspiring young chess players dream of one day becoming a grandmaster and a professional. ... But ... a profession must bring in at least a certain regular income even if one is not too demanding. ... The usual prize money in Open tournaments is meagre. ... The higher the prizes, the greater the competition. ... With a possibly not very high and irregular income for several decades the amount of money one can save for old age remains really modest. ... Anyone who wants to reach his maximum must concentrate totally on chess. That involves important compromises with or giving up on his education. ... it is a question of personal life planning and when deciding it is necessary to be fully conscious of the various possibilities, limitations and risks. ... a future professional must really love chess and ... be prepared to work very hard for it. ... It is all too frequent that a wrong evaluation is made of what a talented player can achieve. ... Most players have the potential for a certain level; once they have reached it they can only make further progress with a great effort. ... anyone who is unlikely to attain a high playing strength should on no account turn professional. ... Anyone who does not meet these top criteria can only try to earn his living with public appearances, chess publishing or activity as a trainer. But there is a lack of offers and these are not particularly well paid. For jobs which involve appearing in public, moreover, certain non-chess qualities are required. ... a relevant 'stage presence' and required sociability. ... All these jobs and existences, moreover, have hanging above them the sword of Damocles of general economic conditions. ... around [age] 40 chess players ... find that their performances are noticeably tailing off. ..." - from a 12 page chapter on becoming a chess professional in the book, Luther's Chess Reformation by GM Thomas Luther (2016)

  • #27

    ..you need to be a 'believer' or apostle of chess. as all the sports chess is conquered by GodMaster and you must follow his style. it is not classical chess or 1800 vs 1800 analysis and it is not hypermodern one. it is that kind of animal chess that rips you open with patience, it is a tiger against you.

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  • #29

    seems like there is no guarantee

  • #30

    In before the lock!

  • #31

    Trust me, to become a chess grandmaster you only need to learn a lot of theory about openings and middle games and end games, not only to memorize them, you need to understand them in a deep way, playing a lot of chess games also is important but you need to analyze most of your games using the engine, without analyzing you wont improve and you will make the same mistakes, the most important thing as i said is studing theorys, thats why some people in a 12 or 13 years old became grandmasters , they just know more Theory then you know, they beat you even if you played more games in your life then they played !.

    thats why bobyfisher hated chess before he die, its all about theorys these days, but for me i enjoy it any way 🙂👍🏻

  • #32
    Morphysrevenges wrote:

    unfortunately the vast majority of players on this site will not be able to effectively answer that question. for the simple reason they are mostly casual players and rated sooooo far below the GM level, let alone IM, and NM levels they have no concept of what it means to compete at the level. for your purposes I would not even really listen to any responses from players rated below about 1800-2000

    Well considering you are 1400 in blitz and only 1100 in bullet.. Perhaps you should. 


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