ICC Help: Norm
This is a brief explanation of the current FIDE requirements to achieve official FIDE titles, such as GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM and WFM.: (These titles are not awarded for online play--only face to face events with an arbiter present count.)
In order to achieve a GM norm in a 9 round tournament, you have to do the following:
Players can also obtain norms of more than 9 rounds, provided that they achieve a 2601 performance rating.
The normal way of getting the GM title is by getting three of these norms, in at least
27 games, (three 9 round tournaments usually).
You will also need a FIDE rating of at least 2500 on some point after the first
GM norm was achieved. A GM norm (or any other norm) will be awarded if the 2500
In order to achieve an IM norm in a 9 round tournament, you have to do is:
1) Play at least three IMs and five titleholders, no more than two players
may be without a FIDE-ELO rating (including yourself)
Players can also obtain norms of more than 9 rounds, provided that they achieve a 2451 performance rating.
The normal way of getting the IM title is by getting three of these norms, in at least 27 games (details same as with the GM title). You will also need a FIDE rating of at least 2400 on some point after the first IM norm was achieved. As above, the IM title can be awarded if the 2400 border was passed during a tournament. There are also 12 other ways to get the IM title directly.
*** Note that there are no longer any requirements regarding a minimum number of round- robins or swisses for any norms. ***
For the FM title you need a rating of at least 2300 and a fee to FIDE. The fee is currently about 100 Swiss Francs, but is sometimes paid by the national federation the player belongs to. You no longer need a minimum number of games in order to get the title.
For the WGM title you need three norms with a performance of 2400, and a rating of at least 2300. The WIM title requires a performance of at least 2250 and a rating of at least 2200. The details are basically the same as with the other titles.
To achieve a FIDE rating, you need to play in an official FIDE rated event, and play at least 9 games with opponents with an official FIDE rating. The performance in these games, must be at least 1600 since that's what the lowest possible FIDE rating is. If you play in a 9 rounds tournament and all your opponents have an official FIDE rating, and if you at the same time score a performance of above 1600, one "FIDE norm" is enough to receive a rating at the next list. If not 9 rated opponents,you need two norms, and at least 3 games with FIDE rated opponents, and a performance above 1600. Still you will have to play a total of 9 games to get the official FIDE rating.
This is just a brief explanation, as the requirements in some cases are more complicated. EeEk should be able to answer most questions about it.
[EeEk, revised 03/14/05]