What is the chess Grandmaster title?

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Recently, Vaishali Rameshbabu and her younger brother Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa have become the first-ever Grandmaster brother-sister duo in history.

About Chess Grandmaster title

  • Grandmaster is the highest title or ranking that a chess player can achieve.
  • The Grandmaster title and other chess titles is awarded by the International Chess Federation, FIDE (acronym for its French name Fédération Internationale des Échecs),
  • The title is the badge of the game’s super-elite, recognition of the greatest chess talent on the planet, which has been tested and proven against a peer group of other similarly talented players in the world’s toughest competitions.
  • Besides Grandmaster, the Qualification Commission of FIDE recognises and awards seven other titles: International Master (IM), FIDE Master (FM), Candidate Master (CM), Woman Grandmaster (WGM), Woman International Master (WIM), Woman FIDE Master (WFM), and Woman Candidate Master (WCM) are also be given.
  • All the titles, including that of Grandmaster, are valid for life, unless a player is stripped of the title for a proven offence such as cheating.
  • Revocation of title
    • The “use of a FIDE title or rating to subvert the ethical principles of the title or rating system may subject a person to revocation of his title”.
    • In case it is found after a title has been awarded that the player was in breach of the Anti-Cheating Regulations in one or more of the tournaments on which the title application was brd, then the title may be removed by the Qualification Commission”.

Q1) What is the World Chess Federation?

The International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation commonly referred to by its French acronym FIDE is an international organization based in Switzerland that connects the various national chess federations and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. 

Source: Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa, first brother-sister duo to become Grandmasters: What is the chess title?