Wesley So in Tata Steel Masters 2015 Chess Tournament

Eight rounds down, five more to go for the 2015 edition of Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament, and Wesley So is planted on 2nd place (after tiebreaks are applied), and just half a point behind the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. This happened after 3 wins and 5 draws (with 0 loss).

Standings after 8 rounds in Tata Steel Masters 2015

Standings after 8 rounds in Tata Steel Masters 2015

Wesley So vs. Levon Aronian in Round 3 of Tata Steel Masters 2015. Photo credit: Tata Steel Chess.

Wesley So vs. Levon Aronian in Round 3 of Tata Steel Masters 2015. Photo credit: Tata Steel Chess.

Wesley’s first win came from his game against Levon Aronian of Armenia in Round 3. Replay the game: Wesley So vs. Levon Aronian Rd. 3 Tata Steel 2015. Continue reading

A FIDE Master Title for Elite GM’s

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William of OnlineChessLessons.net offered a strong argument why FIDE should introduce an official Super-GM title for 2700+ rated chess players.

In 1972 there were 88 GMs and in 2012 there are now over 1200 GMs! However the vast majority (around 95%) of Grandmasters are rated between 2400 and 2699 FIDE. After the recent Chess Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul, there are now a total of 50 Super-GMs rated over 2700 FIDE.

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Personally, I’m in favor of his proposal of an official distinct FIDE title awarded to “elite” GM’s in order to separate them from, well, the not-so-elite ones. FIDE may not necessarily use a 2700 ELO rating cut-off, but they could devise certain criteria for eligibility.

However, I advise against the use of the “Super-GM” name. Why? Keep on reading »