FIDE and USCF Chess Title Hierarchy

  • World Champion WCH
  • Grandmaster (International Grandmaster) GM
  • International Master IM
  • Women Grandmaster WGM
  • (Life) Senior Master(US)*
  • FIDE-Master FM
  • Women International Master WIM
  • (Life) National Master NM (US)*
  • Women Fide-Master WFM
  • Candidate Master FIDE CM
  • Candidate Master (Expert) (US)
  • Women Candidate Master FIDE WCM
  • 1st Category Player (US)
  • 2nd Category Player (US)
  • 3rd Category Player (US)
  • 4th Category Player (US)
  • Licensed Class E-J, Beginner Player (US)

    * Please note:To obtain the "Life" title one must fulfil extra requirements.