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cairo 207 ( +1 | -1 )
Prodigies Have a look here:

Here are the statistics for GM titles so far:
Player Final GM norm at
Bobby Fischer 15 years, 6 months, 1 day
Judit Polgar 15 years, 4 months, 28 days
Peter Leko 14 years, 4 months, 22 days
Etienne Bacrot 14 years, 2 months, 0 days
Ruslan Ponomaryov 14 years, 0 months, 17 days
Teimour Radjabov 14 years, 0 months, 14 days
Bu Xiangzhi 13 years, 10 months, 13 days
Sergey Karjakin 12 years, 7 months, 0 days

The latest candidate grandmaster
The latest wunderkind came to the attention of the international press when it was discovered that Ruslan Ponomariov, who won the FIDE world championship early this year, had an 11-year-old player as his official second. Seriously. It was the Ukrainian IM Sergei Karjakin, who later turned up at the Aeroflot tournament in Moscow in January and dutifully chalked up a GM norm there.

Young Sergei then played at FIDE Grand Prix in Dubai, where he went out in the first round against Veselin Topalov, the world number 8 player. To be fair, his boss, FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov also suffered a similar fate at the hand of FIDE world women's champion Zhu Chen.

On 16.05.2002 John Henderson reported that the Sergei has gained his second GM norm. Playing in the category 8 (2427) Alushta-100 tournament in the Ukraine, he scored 9.5/13 to share first equal in the tournament with GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko.

On August 20, 2002, Ukraine Chess Online reported that Sergey Karjakin has fulfilled his last GM norm. He did so at the international chess tournament in Sudak, a town on the Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine. This makes him the youngest GM in the chess history. His FIDE rating is 2523.

As John Henderson wrote: "There surely can't be many schoolboys out there who can claim to have been a grandmaster and an official trainer to a world champion during a title match before reaching their teens!

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calmrolfe 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Missed one ? What about Humpy Koneru ? She is a fully fledged GM and she is only 15.

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cairo 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Is here Grandmastertitle a WGM or is it a GM?

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zucan 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Do you have dates for these? I am curious if over time, it is easier for younger players to get GM titles...

calmrolfe 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Humpy She gained her norms from competing in Mens Tournaments so I guess she is a full GM and not a WGM.

There was a bit of speculation that she had earned her results from low strength Tournaments but when she recently played in the UK in the British Championships she more than held her own against some real tigerish GM's.

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thegreatpolgar 126 ( +1 | -1 )
She is not (Officially) a GM! The FIDE congress has not awarded the title yet because when a 15-year old girl achieves something that remarkable, she`s is viewed with suspicion. And ways are being explored to see how she can be denied her moment of glory.


Gaprindashvili, Nona (USSR - Georgia: b. 3rd May 1941) (1978)
Chiburdanidze, Maia (USSR - Georgia: b. 17th January 1961) (1984)
Polgar, Susan (Hungary: b. 19th April 1969) (1991)
Polgar, Judit (Hungary: b. 23rd July 1976) (1991)
Cramling, Pia (Sweden: b. 23rd April 1963) (1992)
Xie Jun (China: b. 30th October 1970) (1994)
Zhu Chen (China: b. 16th March 1976) (2001)
Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria: b. 19th April 1979) (2001)

BTW, Humpy made her first GM norm (at the age of 14 years and 84 days) during the summer of 2001 in Hungary at the Hotel Lipa International Category VII tournament in Szentgotthárd.

In 3rd Saturday GM Tournament (Oct 2001) held at Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Humpy grabbed both the Title and the 2nd GM Norm (at the age of 14 years and 213 days).

Humpy made her 3rd GM Norm in the Elekes Memorial Grandmaster chess tournament (May 2002) held at Budapest.

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schachfruend 43 ( +1 | -1 )
WGM? Thank you thegreatpolgar for enlightening our male brethren. While 12 yr old Sergey is afforded automatic straight "GM" status without the least eyebrow lift, Humpy Koneru has to be subjected to a microscope, go figure. Why must she be a "WGM", why not just the "GM" title? Do the other "GM's" feel a cold breeze from this? I think so, and I hope they packed their long johns!!
tonlesu 62 ( +1 | -1 )
mother nature Don't blame us guys because of what Mother Nature gave us in Abundance. It's called testosterone---Guys have it girls don't. If ladies wanr a real GM title they must enter the testosterone jungle where they will be eaten alive by the Fischers and Kasparovs. Some girls are good (Polgar sisters) but look what it took. They didn't go to school, they studied chess all day everyday. Judit is in the top 10 or so but will never be champion. What does she lack that Kramnik doesn't----TESTOSTERONE!!
Hey I'm not knocking women, after all you can't live with em and you can't live er with em.
cairo 51 ( +1 | -1 )
HA HA HAH LOL great stuff :-))

I'm honestly never thought about what thegreatpolgar and schachfruend wrote. Thanks for some really usefull information. This just proofe that is not up-to-date, they should know about Humpy Koneru!

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tonlesu 51 ( +1 | -1 )
TESTOSTERONE!! What makes a king out of a slave? Testosterone
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Testosterone
What makes an elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dust? What makes a muskrat guard his musk? Testosterone
What makes the Sphinx the seventh wonder? Testosterone
What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Testosterone
What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the ape in ape-ricot?
What have we got that you ain't got? Tesosterone
You can say that again
brunetti 66 ( +1 | -1 )
Remarks Koneru is a WGM, woman grandmaster. She made the GM norms, but to get the title one has to be rated 2500+. Since she made the last norm, she remained below that level, so she've to wait.

Woman titles are awarded, and womand events are held, because there's a lower number of playing women and they're, on average, markedly weaker than men; so, to avoid having 99% of untitled woman (only about 35 women have full titles), these titles have been created. To get these titles the performances and ratings needed are lower than those for the full titles.

Judith Polgar is 19th in the absolute world rankings.

getoutofhere 37 ( +1 | -1 )
brunetti this is wrong, I think. The FIDE rules say that you
must have a rating of 2500 in the FIDE rating list
within 7 years of your FIRST norm. Apparently
Humpy peaked at just over 2530 shortly after her
first norm, so this is not the sticking point. Anyone
know more about the specific objections?
brunetti 97 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, the rule is this:

"Grandmaster: Obtained by achieving any of the following:
1.11 Two or more GM results in events covering at least 24 games (30 games without a round robin or Olympiad) and a rating of at least 2500 in the FIDE Rating List current at the time the FIDE Congress considers the application, or within seven years of the first title result being achieved. (...)"

I understand this this way: you need a 2500 or higher rating at the moment of the congress that will consider the request. Otherwise, you have up to 7 years from the time you made the first norm, but starting from the time FIDE approve the title with the "subject on rating" clause. E.G. you make the first norm on 1/1/2003, and are 2550. Then you go down to 2499 and mantain that level forever. You made your third norm at 1/1/2006. FIDE approves the title request, but subjecting it on rating. You have up to 1/1/2010 to reach 2500 and get the title.

getoutofhere 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Not a clearly stated rule I agree, Alex, that the rule could be interpreted that
way, although it is poorly worded. This link from
Humpy's site suggests that some people at FIDE
interpret it differently.
Presumably this situation has occurred before, so
the issue would be whether this decision is
consistent with previous ones or whether she is
being treated differently.
frodan 33 ( +1 | -1 )
..just a minute... ...tonlescu,about testosterone: both men and women do have this hormone circulating.In females it is produced almost entirely by the adrenal glands.What do you think gives women drive and fire and libido?And grows the hair in certain parts?
tonlesu 14 ( +1 | -1 )
testosterone While men are literally swimming in testosterone---women produce small amounts and even that is reduced by half after menopause.
ravendon 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Testosterone Testosterone has no affect on the game except to make you lose. One must calculate and think logically during the game, not go around trying to pick fights, hump someone's leg and raise his blood pressure.
tonlesu 3 ( +1 | -1 )
My friend Chess is a fight, a struggle, a war.