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A grandmaster who has retired
Is still a Grandmaster
These days although the GM title is for life it was not always so. It was necessary to get a GM norm every 5 years or one's title became dormant. Thus damned the former title holders were listed with an asterisk again their names. This happened to several and Sunnucks's Encyclopaedia has a list.
There was actually supposed to be an image appearing in this post. I have no idea where it got to. I might add it tomorrow if I get the chance.
I'd have a dormant IM title if that were still the case.
Does it really matter
2,000+ posts in and you've just started asking that?
Nothing really matters, as a group of notable Seventies philosophers memorably put it.I see the image is displaying today. So was Blogger having a Sunday off?
So all that you wanted to say in this post was that the BBC should have used the word retired instead of former; very exciting.
I would hope what the BBC really meant was retired World Champion. You would hope it would know that GK was more than just an ordinary GM.RdC
While I guess to some degree it's a him or her rather than an it, in so far as it's the journalist concerned who's got it wrong. But there's a couple of things one might say about that - first, that it's a shame the BBC couldn't find somebody who knows about chess to write a piece about chess, and second, that you have to ask (as I did here why it's OK for this particular field to be written about without sufficient subject knowledge. That's my gripe aboiut coverage of chess genrally - not that this or that error is made (there are always errors) but that it doesn't seem to matter. I think this is something that should concern us, not on grounds of pedantry or delight in error-spotting, but because accepting lower standards for our field that would be aceptable in another is not only abject, but in the long term damaging to our status and standards.
Lord K aka Voldemort is more than an ordinary GM - like most archetypical villains, his arrogance lead to his downfall.
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