by admin on Sep 11, 2019


There are different types of Chess Titles. These titles depend on the type of the organization, who is granting such to the players. These different titles are classified as not only the basis of the organization that is offering them. But also on the gender of the players.

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The titles are created by a chess governing body. The players are then entitled to the awards based on their performance and ranking. Generally, these titles are bestowed upon the player for life.

Let us help you in recognizing, some of the most prestigious titles, that are there.


As the name suggests, a player awarded with an Expert Title is superior to those awarded with Class Title. These titles are in contrary to the tiles given by (FIDE). This further means that these titles are not for a lifetime. And they change depending on one's performance and how strong the opponent is, in a particular match. However, one does retain the title of CANDIDATE MASTER, if they earned it in the above criteria.

The following table can help you with a better understanding of the distribution of the title.

Expert 2000-2199
Class A 1800-1999
Class B 1600-1799
Class C 1400-1599
Class D 1200-1399
Class E 1000-1199
Class F 800-999
Class G 600-799
Class H 450-599
Class I 200-449
Class J under 200


The award for being the strongest player brings the award of National Title or National Master Title. The strongest player in the country receives this award. The Country's Chess Federation gives this award. And there is no role of FIDE, in the same.

A sample product, which helps in recording the scores of players to determine the chess titles.

Every country has its own set of regulations, that makes the player first eligible. And then suitable for winning the Title. These are generally 2200 Elo. The player either has to take part in a certain number of tournaments or feature prominently in the Country's National Championship. And have extended to honorary titles that are awarded to prominent chess administrators, business patrons or politicians.

In some countries after the introduction of FIDE MASTERS, they drifted from conducting such championships. Prominent examples of such countries include Germany and Ireland. And have rendered in them being obsolete.



The most prestigious titles in the World of Chess are FIDE Titles. As a result, in order to acquire a FIDE title, a player must have high ratings and strong performances against elite players. They are lifetime titles. And in the event of dropping in players' performance, they are not taken away.

The FIDE titles include the following:


A player with a FIDE rating of 2200 or higher is eligible for this award. And is the least prestigious among others.


A player who establishes a FIDE rating of 2300 or higher is eligible for this award. And can also be awarded in International Junior tournaments organized or approved by them.


A player who establishes a FIDE rating of 2400 is eligible for this title. And they must have a strong history of performances, which must be in at least three tournaments against a strong opponent.

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This is the most prestigious title. And most importantly, the most difficult one. However, only players who have a FIDE rating of 2500 are eligible for this award.


These titles are only for the Women Chess Player. So as to be eligible for these, you have to fulfill conditions which are not that demanding. However, have made there mark in somewhat controversial titles. Because people are increasing in the opinion, that lowering such standards is demeaning to women. Most importantly, women can and do achieve the same levels of performance and achievement as men do.

A specialised design of the Chess Set

In any case, the female only titles include the following:

1. The Woman Candidate Master (WCM)
2. Woman FIDE Master (WFM)
3. Woman International Master (WIM)
4. And the Woman Grandmaster (WGM)