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verticalchess 22 ( +1 | -1 )
GMs & IMs I'm looking for a simplified explanation of how does an individual gain both the status of a Grandmaster and an International Grandmaster and also a brief overview of the ELO rating system. I would appreciate any feedback on both topics. Thanks!!
caldazar 100 ( +1 | -1 )
From the FIDE handbook Requirements for the titles designated in 0.31: www.fide.com/official/handbook.asp?level=B0101

The working of the FIDE Rating System: www.fide.com/official/handbook.asp?level=B0210

Rating system math is always complicated, but the gist is that the difference in two players' ratings should accurately describe the expected outcome of a game between the two players; the larger the rating difference, the more likely it is that the higher-rated player will win. So to account for this, if the higher-rated player wins, he will gain fewer points (and the lower-rated player will lose fewer points) than if the lower-rated player had won (and accordingly, if the lower-rated player wins, the higher-rated player loses more points as well).
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