Checkmate: Earning A Living In Competitive Chess | Forbes

While some chess players can earn big bucks playing the game, many grandmasters are turning to coaching, lecturing and commentary to make a living in the sport.

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  1. It's a great game and a great hobby, as long as you do intend to play it on amateur level for fun, but also to improve a little bit and slowly over time. Most people won't get a master title, but might be very happy with learning theory occasionally from time to time and playing tournaments occasionally from time to time and simply having fun playing on amateur level. I think it is very wrong to set high goals like "getting a master title" for most chess amateur players. I think you should set small goals like "understanding a little bit more a certain opening" or "improving endgame technique", little chunks that you might achieve whenever you find time occasionally. It's a psychological thing. You will be much happier achieving smaller goals than getting frustrated while trying to get a master title. Life has so much more to offer than chess only.

  2. For everyone who watched this video and has never played chess or has minimal knowledge about it that is hating on chess, please don't make a rash comment without having done any research and not knowing anything about chess. Chess is more than you think, its not just some silly boardgame.

  3. This is why I never aspired to play professionally. My personal goal is to become a grandmaster, but leaving everything just to focus on chess is really risky. It's bordering on stupidity actually.

  4. It is so ridiculous that at the beginning more women than men are shown, obviously for politically correct reasons. There are almost no women good enough to play in the top 100 in chess

  5. Ben Finegold is in this video! Very suspicious!

  6. Actually, all Grandmasters can probably eek out a meager living, if they are willing to collect food stamps, live and travel in a used RV and play in a lot of tournaments. They get free entry fees, so even if they come in 2nd or 3rd place, they'll earn something. Not many people are willing to live like that though.

  7. Not so smooth earning a living in chess,huh Maurice?

  8. At 2:33 she made a move while the clock wasn't on her turn to move

  9. Hope to see another fight between Maurice and Magnus, chess is exciting.

  10. girl's name is NAZI paikidze. That must suck though

  11. Does anyone else feel like chess is the one game that has been nothing but perfect throughout history? Everything from the evolution of eras to the people who've reigned as the greats? Love it.

  12. People will start following chess when you find a way to make it exciting to watch. Look at what happened to poker, and what could be more boring to watch than people playing cards? But they used audio and video to make it exciting to watch. Thanks.

  13. i want to be the 4th Chess Grandmaster of african decent!

  14. If your not in the top20 players in the world, chess is not for you as a career!

  15. Even the most popular Tennis player Maria Sharapova does modeling. Miss Paikidze is so beautiful she should get into modeling

  16. Ben Finegold has lost a lot of weight. The jogging is working! No wonder he quit the internet.

  17. Chess has definitely come a long way in regards to prestige and educational factors.

  18. the black boy in suite must be a real genius, his head becomes so big

  19. Bobby Fischer was an egotistic narcissist of course he cared about money

  20. Hey! Ben Finegold spoke too! Terrible! Just terrible! Lol

  21. Coming from a different game background, It's always cool to see other games expand and grow. I've never been a good chess player, In fact I'm as bad as you could get with knowing how the pieces move(dunno why, it's harder for me to grasp the game). Honestly, I'm pretty bad at competitive games in general and I honestly don't know why. So it's always interesting(and a little bitter) to see really good players make a living in some way.

    Side note, if anyone has read/seen Ryuuou no Oshigoto / The Ryuuou's Work is Never Done, then you'll understand that I got some crazy flashbacks to that series. It's super recent, but I was reminded of it. Granted, Shogi and Chess are fairly similar, yet completely different games. Especially in broadcast and how characters move on when they can't/couldn't make it to the top. Kiyotaki Keika, my favorite character embodies this idea. I also might still be upset personally with school and am looking outward for an escape from reality and another way to go through life. Either way, I like seeing this, showing other ways to earn a living while, hopefully, preserving the love of the game one has.

  22. Agreed . Chess does not pour the amount of money that General People will feel attracted but a true fan will try to tilt this magnanimous task and make the earning through it . All the present day GMs never knew that they could make it big. Fischer himself was not addicted to money but only the Beauty of the Game . Life is always not about earning big bucks but to pave the impossible the possible. Then only you reign .

  23. Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid.

    The game is played by millions of people worldwide.

    Chess is believed to have originated in India sometime before the 7th century.

    The game was derived from the Indian game chaturanga, which is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games xiangqi, janggi, and shogi.

    Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad conquest of Hispania.

    The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the rules were standardized in the 19th century.

    Play does not involve hidden information.

    Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns.

    Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn.

    The objective is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture.

    To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other.

    During the game, play typically involves making exchanges of one piece for an opponent's similar piece, but also finding and engineering opportunities to trade one piece for two, or to get a better position.

    In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by voluntary resignation, and there are also several ways a game can end in a draw.

    The first generally recognized World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, claimed his title in 1886.

    Since 1948, the World Championship has been regulated by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the game's international governing body.

    FIDE also awards life-time master titles to skilled players, the highest of which is grandmaster.

    Many national chess organizations have a title system of their own.

    FIDE also organizes the Women's World Championship, the World Junior Championship, the World Senior Championship, the Blitz and Rapid World Championships, and the Chess Olympiad, a popular competition among international teams.

    FIDE is a member of the International Olympic Committee, which can be considered as a recognition of chess as a sport.

    Several national sporting bodies (for example, the Spanish Consejo Superior de Deportes) also recognize chess as a sport.

    Chess was included in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.

    There is also a Correspondence Chess World Championship and a World Computer Chess Championship.

    Online chess has opened amateur and professional competition to a wide and varied group of players.

    Since the second half of the 20th century, computers have been programmed to play chess with increasing success, to the point where the strongest personal computers play at a higher level than the best human players.

    Since the 1990s, computer analysis has contributed significantly to chess theory, particularly in the endgame.

    The IBM computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning World Chess Champion in a match when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.

    The rise of strong chess engines runnable on hand-held devices has led to increasing concerns about cheating during tournaments.

    There are many variants of chess that utilize different rules, pieces, or boards.

    One of these, Chess960 (originally named "Fischerandom"), incorporates regular chess rules but with one of 960 different possible start-up positions.

    Chess960 has gained widespread popularity as well as some FIDE recognition.

  24. After watching queens gambit, I feel like I can now become one of the greatest chess players of all time.

    But I still don’t know how to play.

  25. I wonder how many views this video got before TQG😆

  26. ben is still funnier no matter the scenario lol

  27. Ben Finegold must have done well. He looks like he gets to eat.

  28. BEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LESSSGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  29. Ashley was humble and honest enough to say or recognize that he wasn’t good enough to make a living just by playing.

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