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    Junta Ikeda in Orbis GM RR Paracin

    Junta is staying on in Paracin, Serbia, to play in this strong GM closed: http://chess-results.com/tnr352914.a...&flag=30&snr=7

    I calculate he needs 6.5/9 for his norm. He drew his R1 against the top rated player, GM Savic.

    Go Junta - get that norm!

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    Interesting to see Shunkai Peng playing in that tournament too, he played in Australia for the Aus Reserves and was rated 1938 at the time, now 2390 and looks like he might've scored a couple IM norms at 14 too.

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    So far -1.5/4
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    Unfortunately, rd5 brought end to Junta's GM norm hopes
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    Miodrag drew all of his games, with 4 of them being under 20 moves...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelgiusfan5000 View Post
    Miodrag drew all of his games, with 4 of them being under 20 moves...
    Is he one of the ''invited Gms'' = not surprising then . This is ''professional chess'' IMs have to pay money to get into such tournaments (rather than earn money out of chess) and GMs get paid modest appearance fee for playing...bu not overly motivated...so yes...if his rating is higher than opponents' and tney do not win to win....short draws will come. In Hungarian first saturday events - some GMs also draw most of their games quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Is he one of the ''invited Gms'' = not surprising then . This is ''professional chess'' IMs have to pay money to get into such tournaments (rather than earn money out of chess) and GMs get paid modest appearance fee for playing...bu not overly motivated...so yes...if his rating is higher than opponents' and tney do not win to win....short draws will come. In Hungarian first saturday events - some GMs also draw most of their games quickly.
    Pretty sad way to make a living really. A proposal was put to FIDE QC in Baku to base norms on performance rating and drop the requirement to play three GMs but it was strongly rejected; the argument was that the GM title is not all about playing strength but is also about becoming a member of a "club" by performing against other members of the "club".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Pretty sad way to make a living really. A proposal was put to FIDE QC in Baku to base norms on performance rating and drop the requirement to play three GMs but it was strongly rejected; the argument was that the GM title is not all about playing strength but is also about becoming a member of a "club" by performing against other members of the "club".
    While the GM title got devalued dramatically in recent years, if there is no such requirement - it will devalue the title even more. 2500 performance can be obtained against all kinds of opposition. Re GMs who play in round robin events in Serbia, Hungary etc. - I guess attitude varies. Minority (e.g. Atalik) still fight hard in every game. Local GMs ...mostly not so enthusiastic about playing. On the positive side, in the past, there tournaments have been known for game throwing to secure norms for everyone. Nowever days, as far as I know - this is not happening (or even if it does occasionally - happening on a relatively small scale so it is not so obvious and happening due to individual arrangements rather than facilitated by the tournament organisers).
    In the long run, those who deserve a GM title will get it anyway - just like Justin got his! It should also be pointed out that he managed to obtain his title while studying at one of the top UK Universities! To me, this makes his achievement even greater!
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