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  • What is the Lowest Title in Chess?

    The Candidate Master (CM) title is the lowest title in chess, which is awarded to players who surpass an official FIDE rating of 2200 in international competition. FIDE stands for the Fédération Internationale…

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  • How To Become a Candidate Master

    To become a Candidate Master (CM) in chess, you need to achieve an established classical FIDE rating of 2200.  The CM title is awarded by the International Chess Federation, FIDE, to…

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    How to Become a candidate master
  • How To Become an International Master

    The International Master title is awarded to chess players who are strong but not quite at the level of grandmasters. It was introduced in 1950, along with the Grandmaster title,…

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    How to become an International Master
  • How To Become a FIDE Master

    To become a FIDE Master (FM), a player must achieve a FIDE rating of at least 2300 Elo points in an official FIDE tournament. The player must have also played at…

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    How to become a Fide Master
  • Duties and Roles of a Chess Arbiter

    Arbiters are highly trained referees with official certification from the World Chess Federation (FIDE), who ensure games adhere to the FIDE Rules of Chess. If you like to become an…

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    chess arbiter holding out black and white pieces for players to choose
  • How To Become a Woman Grandmaster in Chess

    To become a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in chess, you'll need to achieve three norms and have a minimum Elo rating of 2300 with at least 30 rated games. But what…

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    Priyanka Nutakki, a woman grandmaster
  • How To Become a National Master in Chess

    The title of “National Master” (NM) is awarded by some national chess federations. These titles are not recognized by FIDE, and each federation is free to set its own standards…

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    Tanitoluwani Adewumi
  • FIDE Chess Ratings: The Who, What, Why and How

    One way that chess players track their progress and measure their skill level is through the use of FIDE chess ratings. The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is the international…

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  • How to Become a FIDE Certified Chess Coach?

    Being a certified chess instructor is a fantastic method for chess players to earn more money with their chess talents, especially with the spike of interest in the game of…

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    FIDE Trainers’ Commission
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