Chess titles

Besides the rating, a chess player's strength is also determined by his title.

Standard Chess Titles

  • Grandmaster (GM)
  • International Master (IM)
  • FIDE Master (FM)
  • Candidate Master (CM)

There are similar titles for women too

  • Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
  • Woman International Master (WIM)
  • Woman FIDE Master (WFM)
  • Woman Candidate Master (WCM)

A number of conditions must be fulfilled to be qualified for a chess title. You need to show the required rating performance and have the required average rating of the competitors.

Grandmaster title - 3 times:

  • Rating Performance ≥ 2600
  • Competitors average rating ≥ 2380
  • Player rating ≥ 2500

International Master title - 3 times

  • Rating Performance ≥ 2450
  • Competitors average rating ≥ 2230.
  • Player rating ≥ 2400

Woman Grandmaster title - 3 times

  • Rating Performance ≥ 2400
  • Competitors average rating ≥ 2180
  • Player rating ≥ 2300

Woman International Master- 3 times

  • Rating Performance ≥ 2250
  • Competitors average rating ≥ 2030.
  • Player rating ≥ 2200

The remaining titles may be awarded to a player who has played at least 30 games in case of having published or current required rating:

  • FIDE Master ≥ 2300
  • Candidate Master ≥ 2200
  • Woman FIDE Master ≥ 2100
  • Woman Candidate Master ≥ 2000