11. How to become a Grand Master in chess?

In chess, the Grand Master title is the highest title awarded by FIDE (World Chess Federation) a chess player can hope to achieve in recognition for exceptional world-class individual over-the-board performances. Once awarded, the international title remains for life.
In English, one can find different versions of the same title name: Grand Master, Grandmaster, grandmaster, Grand master, International Grand Master, etc. Among the existing title name versions in English I strongly prefer: Grand Master.

How to become a Grand Master in chess?

There are many pathways towards achieving this title, and from time to time title regulations are being updated by FIDE. The latest one, with “direct titles” (after one tournament only), which include all other players’ direct titles, and “direct title norms” as well can be found here. You should familiarise yourself with it.

FIDE Handbook covers all other ways for achieving the Grand Master (GM) title here.

With technological advances, we still await expert software which would be able to generate GM title prospects based on tournament input, as well as norms or titles achieved based on performances at events. A step towards has been made by Swiss Manager Unicode.

Traditionally, all upcoming chess players dream of becoming a Grand Master, and of course of becoming a World Chess Champion.
Representing your country in international events in the sport you love matters too.

I’ve drawn a pyramid which will give you some idea on all the presently approved players’ titles in chess:


Other information online resources (interesting, but often incomplete and sometimes misleading):