FIDE master

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FIDE-Meister (abbreviation FM) is a title for chess achievements, which is awarded for life by the World Chess Federation FIDE and which is located below the title of Grandmaster and International Master . There is the general FM title, which can be given to both men and women, and the FIDE master title for women (WFM).

Title requirements

To become a FIDE Master, you must have at least an international Elo rating of 2300 (2100 for the WFM women's title). In Germany, for example, a fee of currently 87.50 euros has to be paid to FIDE to register the title.

Regardless of these criteria, the FM title is automatically awarded by FIDE to players who achieve one of the following achievements:

  1. At least 65% in a Chess Olympiad (from at least nine games), team world or continental championship (from at least seven games),
  2. Winning an amateur world championship,
  3. second or third place at a youth world championship in the age group U18 or U16,
  4. Winning a youth world championship in the age group U14 or U12,
  5. second or third place in a senior continental championship,
  6. second or third place in a youth continental championship in the age group U20 or U18,
  7. Winning a youth continental championship in the age group U16, U14 or U12,
  8. at least 65% from at least nine games in a subcontinental championship,
  9. second or third place in the Commonwealth Championship, the IBCA World Championship , the ICCD or the IPCA
  10. Winning the IBCA, ICCD or IPCA youth world championships

In mid-2011 almost 6,000 players worldwide wore this title.


The general title was introduced in 1978, the women's title in 1980. The first 22 players were awarded the title at the FIDE Congress in 1979. Since 1990 there have also been FIDE Masters of Chess Composition , a title awarded by the World Federation for Chess Composition .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. title fees. In: German Chess Federation . September 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2018 .
  2. Table for Direct Titles effective from 1 July 2014 in the FIDE Handbook (English)