How to get WFM chess title ?

The world chess federation (FIDE) has many titles. WFM is one of these titles. To get the WFM chess title there are certain regulations. Long-form of WFM is Women Fide Master. Fide introduced the WFM title in 1978. Fide has also given many titles to encourage women chess players such as Women Grandmaster, Women International Master, Women Candidates Master, Women Fide Master, etc.

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How to get the WFM chess title?

To get the WFM title there are few criteria. following are some requirements to get the WFM title.

  • WFM title awarded only to women.
  • You need to cross the 2100 FIDE rating mark
  • besides that FIDE also gives WFM title to many players who place in the top 3 in various ager group events such as Asian championship and world championship etc.

What does WFM mean in chess?

WFM means Women Fide Master. WFM is a prestigious title to get. WFM also eligible to get free entry in some tournaments and they are also able to play few strong tournaments due to their title. There are only 895 players who able to become WFM in a chess career.

Is GM or IM better in chess?

Obviously, the GM title is better than the IM title. To achieve Grandmaster you have to cross the 2500 elo mark and to become the international master you have to cross the 2400 elo mark. There are less than 2000 players who became grandmaster successfully. To become grandmaster you will need continuous dedication and hard work

What does wym mean in chess?

WIM is the title given to women international masters. There are very few players who get this title. For this title, you have to reach a 2200 Elo rating and achieve 3 IM norms. In some tournaments fide also grant titles to champions. Getting this tile is not an easy job.

Is WFM higher than GM?

Obviously not. Grandmaster requires 2500 elo points and WFM requires only 2100 Elo points. Grandmaster criteria also require to achieve 3 GM norms but WFM doesn’t require any norms.

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Introduction of FIDE titles in chess

Hello, In this article we will see what are FIDE title and how you can get it. Getting fide titles is not an easy job and you have to work hard for it. Let’s quickly see what is FIDE.

FIDE ( Fédération Internationale des Échecs ) is an international organization based in Switzerland that connects the various national chess federations and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. Fide was founded in pairs in the year 1924. Currently, there are 195 federations are registered with FIDE. FIDE decides all rules of chess for international level tournaments.

Back to today’s article, Fide has created some titles after achieving a particular level in chess. There are also titles for arbiters such as IA and FA. Let’s see each title in detail.

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1- GrandMaster

Grandmaster is the highest level title in chess. The basic criteria to become a grandmaster is to reach your rating 2500 and score 3 Grandmaster norms. You can click here to get more details about the criteria to score norms. FIDE first awarded the grandmaster title to 27 players in 1950. To achieve the grandmaster title players have to study hard and get into a deep knowledge of chess.

When a player gets the grandmaster title, he becomes famous automatically in the chess world. Average grandmaster charges between 30$ to 60$ per hour for coaching and top grandmasters charge anywhere between 80$ to 250$. From playing full-time professional grandmaster who is below 2650 earns anywhere between 1500$ to 5000$ per month and a grandmaster who is above 2650 can earn anywhere between 3000$ to 15000$ per month.

2- International Master

To become an International master Player need to cross the 2400 FIDE rating and score 3 IM norms. You can click here to get more details about the criteria to score norms. Becoming an International Master is not also easy. Generally, a beginner can become IM in 7-10 years if studied properly and if all went well. International master Charges anywhere between 15$ to 50$. Of course, some are exceptions who charge as high as 100$. Generally, the beginner should try to learn from the International Master from the start of his career. International masters get some conditions in tournaments such as Free stay, Free entry, Free Boarding, etc. depends on the organizer.

3- Fide Master

When your Fide rating will reach 2300 then you can apply for this title. For fide master and candidate master title, you didn’t have to score any norms. Basically Fide master has a much lower value than International Master. Fide also awards this title to some players directly after winning or placing in top ranks in certain tournaments. Generally, a Fide master who is making money through full-time coaching earn around 10$ to 25$ per hour or 750$ to 3000$ per month

4- Candidate Master

When the player reaches the 2200 fide rating, He can apply for a candidate master title. Fide also gives the title to many players who win certain tournaments. Generally, a candidate master who is above 2200 rating can earn anywhere between 600$ to 2000$ per month on average.

Women Titles in chess

To encourage women’s chess fide introduces women title such as women grandmaster, women international masters, women fide masters, women candidates master, etc. Women’s titles don’t have value compared to men’s titles.

for example, generally, Women Grandmaster which is the top title in chess is weaker than International master or equal to Fide Master. Achieving these titles are very easy compared to open titles. We will cover women’s titles in chess in a separate article.

There are also other titles dedicated to organizers, arbiters, instructors. These titles are like IO, FA, IA, FI, SI, FT, SFT, etc.



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