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So how much do professional chess players make a year? 
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Post So how much do professional chess players make a year?
I am just a little curious about the average salary of professionals chess players. Any ides anyone? What about the world champion?


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Average pro chess player makes damn near nothing... World Champion and the other "super GMs" make alright livings, but nothing compared to other professional sports.

In fact I always think it's interesting hearing stories from IMs and such that talk about how broke they are and how they have to beg for money to go to tournaments and such.

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Can't masters make money teaching?


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Seems like the only way to make a real living playing chess is through writing and personal lessons...but even then it's tough.

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If you're a big name, like fischer, you can make millions a game

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Ghost Fischer would make at least 100 million a game.

...too soon?

Anyways, a few top level players can make a living from just playing. The vast majority, however, and this includes people in the top 100 in the world, make their living through teaching and writing.

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oh.. seems like they are underpaid.. how much do they give for first prize tournaments in general??


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Carlin wrote:
Play chess for money and you kill the fun, imo. :D


Well, I just wish players made a little more money (in the US at least), so that it would encourage them to more actively pursue professional chess. It seems like a lot of top players in the US peak a few years after college age and then move on to a career (and keep playing, but don't work full time on improving, etc).

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Agreed :)

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Chess doesn't have financial backing because not enough people will watch it on TV.


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Probably never. The tough thing about chess is that it only becomes really engrossing when you know a lot about it. So it would be hard for a chess show to appeal to a mass market.

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An online TV show would work though.

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I think that the US had a chance at having decent financial backing back when Deep Blue was going on and such. Intel and other computer companies were starting to pump a lot of money into it because of the amount of crossover between "chess nerds" and "computer nerds".

But, after Kasparov accused Deep Blue of cheating he essentially "bit the hand that fed him" and Intel and such pulled most of their money out of chess. :-(

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i remember one match with commentaries on youtube of Kasparav vs Anand . The comments were hilarious! The Shaquille O'neal reference (is that how you spell it??)


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Post Re: So how much do professional chess players make a year?
When I wrote a weekly chess collumn for my local paper, they paid £1700 a year. When I was asked by IM M Pein who owns the London chess centre about writing a book for children, he confessed that even if it was a hit, I would earn only £400-£500 for the effort! Remember, that was only if it was a good seller! Books are written more for the love of chess than any idea of making money. This is why I suppose those english GMs who write, Nunn,Emms ect, also own their own publishing houses.

GM Mark Hebden, who is only around the 2500 elo range, has for years earned his living teaching and by winning weekend congresses. He told me he earns about £20,000-£25,000 a year. I should also add that this is not a wage with any certainty of how much next week will bring in.


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