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|Mar-21-07|| ||ahmadov: <VinnyRoo2002: I hope this opinion doesn't come under heavy scrutiny, but based on looking over his games, I do not believe Mr. Muhammad will ever become a GM.> Never say never, especially when the guy is very close to becoming a GM...|
|Mar-21-07|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Steve is now <officially> an IM. (He got his last norm two or three years ago, but FIDE and USCF has been dragging their feet on this issue.)
My congrats to Steve. We (last) played in Feb, 2007 at the "Queen of Hearts" in Montgomery, AL. (Draw - I wanted to win, but against such a strong player, and - additionally - having the Black pieces, winning is a difficult proposition!)
|Mar-21-07|| ||LIFE Master AJ: As I said before, Stephen Muhammad is an EXTREMELY talented player, if anyone can make it to GM ... he can!|
|Mar-21-07|| ||Dr.Lecter: Congrats to Muhammad for becoming an IM!|
|Mar-22-07|| ||ahmadov: I have an impression that the world knows little about chess in the US. Is it because the US has less GMs than Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and some other countries?|
|Mar-22-07|| ||ahmadov: I also congratulate Muhammad, who is said to be a good person.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||JointheArmy: I'm not sure if that's the reason, but its annoying having emigrates play under the US flag.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||Marmot PFL: The practical difficulties of becoming a GM are enormous. Usually this means moving to Europe and getting invited into tournaments created mainly to get IM and GM norms for the players involved. I have heard that often the points needed are for sale at the right price. Playing in open US tournaments though there is almost no chance of becoming a GM. You could play your whole life and never play enough FIDE players to get a norm.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||euripides: <marmot> If one's grading is high enough one can play for a club in the UK national league and get a norm that way (local leagues aren't FIDE-rated). Clubs compete for players so there's no problem gettting an invite, though there's no money unless one is playing for a sponsored team. Games are played at weekends at a hotel in the middle of the country, so it's compatible with a job. The USCF might consider setting up this sort of system - probably regional rather than national leagues in the US.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||VinnyRoo2002: ahmadov: Never say never, especially when the guy is very close to becoming a GM...|
He really isn't that close to becoming a GM. Based on the article I read, he struggled to break the 2400 barrier. To jump up another 100 points to get to 2500 is a very difficult leap especially when he is already rated so high. This isn't like improving from 1300 to 1400, this is having to beat very difficult opponents on a consistant basis. Based on the fact that he has a losing record according to the chessgames database, and after looking over his games, I just don't see it happening. But I hope I'm wrong.
|Mar-22-07|| ||JointheArmy: <VinnyRoo2002> All he has to do is wait a few years. Inflation will take care of itself.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||ahmadov: <VinnyRoo2002> When I say he is close to becoming a GM, I compare his chances with yours and mine ;)|
|Mar-11-08|| ||Bobsterman3000: What's happening with this guy lately? He's my hero! He lives in Georgia and started chess relatively late in life. |
I know it's tough to become a GM against US competition.
|Mar-11-08|| ||VinnyRoo2002: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so:) Like I said a year ago, I really hope he becomes a GM, but I just don't see it happening.|
|Mar-12-08|| ||Bobsterman3000: <VinnyRoo> Can you show any examples of what you referred to as "inadequate agression" on Muhammad's part? Does he need to start playing like Polgar?|
|May-23-08|| ||ahmadov: Did this guy not take part at the US championship because of his rating?|
|Jul-02-08|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Stephen took part in at least one U.S. Championship. (A few years ago, they had a more "open" format.)|
|Jul-02-08|| ||ahmadov: <LIFE Master AJ: Stephen took part in at least one U.S. Championship. (A few years ago, they had a more "open" format.)> Yes, I think I remember that... My previous post was about the last championship in which Stephen did not take part...|
|Jul-06-08|| ||LIFE Master AJ: This link has some info about S. Muhammad. (http://www.thechessdrum.net/drummaj...)|
|Apr-28-09|| ||manethos: Is muhammud still playing chess?|
|Dec-20-09|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <manethos> Rumor has it that Stephen had a big dispute with Georgia Chess ... and stopped playing. According to the USCF online records, he has not played in over two years! |
(I don't know if this link works or not. Otherwise, go to the main USCF website and use the "rating/player lookup" function.)
|May-21-10|| ||BobCrisp: With respect to FIDE's motto, <Gens Una Sumus>, and to foster a spirit of harmony and reconciliation between Islam, the religion of peace, and us, the Kafir, I picture the organisation of a huge simultaneous display, given by Stephen, in which all the games would be peaceably concluded within a few moves. I would call this event, <Everybody Draw Muhammad Day>.|
|May-21-10|| ||Riverbeast: <Bob Crisp> Oooh, that was clever|
|Jun-21-11|| ||LIFE Master AJ: I was in Birmingham, AL in May.
Several people asked me about Steve. I have no idea where he is ... or if he is still playing chess.
|Feb-23-12|| ||BIDMONFA: Stephen Muhammad|
MUHAMMAD, Stephen A.
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