What is FIDE?
FIDE, an acronym of Fédération Internationale des Échecs, is the world governing body of the chess game, just like FIFA and FIBA is for football and basketball, respectively.
Fédération Internationale des Échecs translates to International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation.
FIDE was founded in 1924 in Paris under the motto “Gens una Sumus” (Latin for “We are one Family”). It was one of the very first International Sports Federations, alongside the governing bodies of the sports of Football, Cricket, Swimming, and Auto Racing.
With chess being a global sport, FIDE is now one of the largest sports federations with affiliate members in over 200 countries.
FIDE defines the rules of chess and regulates all international chess competitions. In addition, it has a system for rating chess players and awards titles for achievement in competitive play, such as the Grandmaster title.
A chess rating system estimates a player’s strength based on their performance versus other players.
Rating systems are used to recalculate ratings after a tournament or match, but some are used to recalculate ratings after individual games.
The major rating systems are the Ingo system, Harkness system, English Chess Federation system, and Elo rating system.
FIDE Chess Ratings
Among all the rating systems listed above, FIDE rating operates with the Elo rating system invented by Arpad Elo in 1950. Other organizations and Chess websites like chess24 also use this system. The adoption by FIDE makes the Elo system the most popular rating system in the chess world.
Each month, FIDE publishes the lists Top 100 Players, Top 100 Women, Top 100 Juniors, and Top 100 Girls rankings of countries according to the average rating of their top 10 players and top 10 female players.
How To Get a FIDE Rating
You must first register in your respective nation’s chess federation, which you can do by visiting their official website. After registering, you will get your unique FIDE ID, and you can play in the FIDE-rated tournament.
You have to visit the official national chess federation website of the country where you live to find the rated chess tournaments.
To get initial FIDE chess ratings, the player must have played at least five rated chess games against the rated chess players and have scored at least half points against them. Also, the performance rating must be at least 1000.
You don’t need to play against all five rated chess players in a single rated tournament.
How to Get FIDE Chess Ratings Online
If you spend a lot of time online playing chess, you can also get an official ranking for your game. After all, more people now play chess online, especially after Queen Gambit Netflix hit during the pandemic.
Many still have doubts about how practical it is to get a ranking online, and will FIDE recognize online play in their rankings?
You can get a FIDE online rating, awarded specifically for online play in the FIDE online arena. However, if you want full FIDE chess ratings, there is only one way: play in a sufficient number of competitions in person and win several games.
You can get an online rating by subscribing to the My Fide Arena at the cost of 25 euros a year in subscription fees.
Advantages of having a FIDE rating (titles)
Some of the advantages you can enjoy as a FIDE rated or titled player are:
- More recognition: Titled chess players or players with high FIDE ratings are usually more popular and recognized in their local communities. These recognitions are global or international when players attain the title of International Master (IM) and Grandmaster(GM).
- Endorsement deals: Titled players may get more advertisements and endorsements, but it hugely depends on an individual’s branding and selling skills.
- Sponsorships: They are invited to many more tournaments, with all their costs covered by the sponsors.
- More Opportunities: They are allowed to play a much higher level of tournaments. This allows high-rated players to compete for the larger prize pool.
- They can charge the desired amount for their coaching when they are contracted.