Chess Grandmasters and Chess Kids

Chess grandmasters started very young and learned chess at an early age. Some started when they were six years old and had chess teachers. That's why some so-called Chess Kids have outstanding chess abilities.

Grandmaster (or GM) is the highest title a player can achieve and is awarded by the World Chess Federation FIDE that calculates the Elo ratings of a player to award the titles: FIDE Master, International Master, International Grandmaster, and women's versions of those titles.

When you are young you can learn and accumulate a lot of knowledge much faster. But you need talent too and have to keep up playing and studying chess all the time.

Chess lessons by a Grandmaster

Teen Chess Grandmaster



You need to be able to grasp chess ideas quickly and should have a good memory to memorize a lot of opening lines and tactical images to be able to reproduce them in the right situations. Your mind should be able to calculate tactical variations clearly without making a blunder.


Chess Girl
Women Chess

The title of International Grandmaster was given officially by the FIDE first time in 1950. GM (Grandmaster), IM (International Master) and FM (Federal Master) are titles that can be achieved by men and women.

The number of grandmasters increased worldwide from 24 in 1950 to 88 in 1972 and today there are more than eighthundred chess grandmasters. This can be explained with the following development. The number of tournaments have increased worldwide and with that the chance to qualify.

The change of the political structure in the eastern countries made it possible for strong eastern players to play at tournaments abroad and use more qualification possibilities. In addition the technical development of computers, chess software and databases made it possible for every player to move to a higher level of playing strength and learn opening lines much faster.

The level of chess has increased in general as there is much more chess knowledge available. The average rating of all grandmasters together as a whole increases from year to year.

How to become a Chess Grandmaster

You need talent. It can be lesser or greater, but without talent you will not succeed. If talent is there, it can be developed. But if no talent is there, then there is nothing to train and to develop. Even fanatical learning of chess and playing lots of chess tournaments will not help. No chess-coach can bring talent into his pupil.


Chess Champions

What is chess-talent? That's hard to say. But a chess-coach will see it immediately if it is there. A talented person acquires chess knowledge quicker, applies it faster and is able to understand the fundamental concepts of chess. Talented kids are playing the moves quickly and are able to play a game blindfold without looking at the board.

Some interesting Chess Grandmasters are introduced here.

Name GM/Year Country
1988
IND
1999
USA
1999
UKR
1992
BUL

Chess Kid


Amazing Chess Kids

There are some ingenius chess kids who are listed in the table below.

NrNameGM/YearCountryYearsMonthsDays
1
2002
UKR
12
7
0
2
2006
IND
13
4
22
3
2004
NOR
13
3
27
4
1999
CHN
13
10
13
5
2001
AZE
14
0
14
6
1997
UKR
14
0
17
7
2007
PHI
14
1
28
8
1997
FRA
14
2
0
9
2005
FRA
14
4
0
10
1994
HUN
14
4
22
11
2008
CHN
14
6
2
12
2004
UKR
14
7
12
13
2004
VIE
14
10
0
14
2007
ITA
14
11
20
15
2002
IND
15
1
27
16
2003
USA
15
2
19
17
2001
IND
15
3
5
18
1991
HUN
15
4
28
19
2003
CRI
15
5
14
20
1958
USA
15
6
1
21
no FIDE
POL
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE
22
no FIDE
CUBA
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE
23
no FIDE
USA
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE

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Teen Chess Grandmaster



You need to be able to grasp chess ideas quickly and should have a good memory to memorize a lot of opening lines and tactical images to be able to reproduce them in the right situations. Your mind should be able to calculate tactical variations clearly without making a blunder.


Chess Girl
Women Chess

The title of International Grandmaster was given officially by the FIDE first time in 1950. GM (Grandmaster), IM (International Master) and FM (Federal Master) are titles that can be achieved by men and women.

The number of grandmasters increased worldwide from 24 in 1950 to 88 in 1972 and today there are more than eighthundred chess grandmasters. This can be explained with the following development. The number of tournaments have increased worldwide and with that the chance to qualify.

The change of the political structure in the eastern countries made it possible for strong eastern players to play at tournaments abroad and use more qualification possibilities. In addition the technical development of computers, chess software and databases made it possible for every player to move to a higher level of playing strength and learn opening lines much faster.

The level of chess has increased in general as there is much more chess knowledge available. The average rating of all grandmasters together as a whole increases from year to year.

How to become a Chess Grandmaster

You need talent. It can be lesser or greater, but without talent you will not succeed. If talent is there, it can be developed. But if no talent is there, then there is nothing to train and to develop. Even fanatical learning of chess and playing lots of chess tournaments will not help. No chess-coach can bring talent into his pupil.


Chess Champions

What is chess-talent? That's hard to say. But a chess-coach will see it immediately if it is there. A talented person acquires chess knowledge quicker, applies it faster and is able to understand the fundamental concepts of chess. Talented kids are playing the moves quickly and are able to play a game blindfold without looking at the board.

Some interesting Chess Grandmasters are introduced here.

Name GM/Year Country
1988
IND
1999
USA
1999
UKR
1992
BUL

Chess Kid


Amazing Chess Kids

There are some ingenius chess kids around who are listed in the table below.

NrNameGM/YearCountryYearsMonthsDays
1
2002
UKR
12
7
0
2
2006
IND
13
4
22
3
2004
NOR
13
3
27
4
1999
CHN
13
10
13
5
2001
AZE
14
0
14
6
1997
UKR
14
0
17
7
2007
PHI
14
1
28
8
1997
FRA
14
2
0
9
2005
FRA
14
4
0
10
1994
HUN
14
4
22
11
2008
CHN
14
6
2
12
2004
UKR
14
7
12
13
2004
VIE
14
10
0
14
2007
ITA
14
11
20
15
2002
IND
15
1
27
16
2003
USA
15
2
19
17
2001
IND
15
3
5
18
1991
HUN
15
4
28
19
2003
CRI
15
5
14
20
1958
USA
15
6
1
21
no FIDE
POL
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE
22
no FIDE
CUBA
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE
23
no FIDE
USA
no FIDE
no FIDE
no FIDE

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