I am new to chess. I read about FIDE so my question is: How can I can play in a FIDE tournament or become a FIDE-rated player?

Is there any online process for that, or something else? Right now I only know about FIDE and not much about their process. Someone told me about FIDE but he was not very clear about them.

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How can I can play in a FIDE tournament

In exactly the same way you would a non-FIDE rated tournament. First enter. Then play.

How can I can become a FIDE-rated player?

To get a FIDE rating you need to score at least one draw against at least 5 FIDE rated opponents in FIDE rated tournaments with a performance rating of at least 1000 over a period of not more than 26 months.

  • I have not kept up to date, but in the United States, as recently as the 1990s, FIDE-rated tournaments were hard to find. Most tournaments I ever heard about were USCF-rated only, for some reason. U.S. chess players seemed to have the impression that FIDE ratings were a European thing. I wonder if that is still true.
    – thb
    May 23, 2018 at 20:46
  • @brain how we can know about fide tournaments. is this any online process, website? May 24, 2018 at 4:49
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    @PankajBisht FIDE rated tournaments have to be registered with FIDE at least 7 days in advance by the national federation and when registered they immediately appear on the FIDE website. For instance the tournaments for India are here - ratings.fide.com/…. There is a search facility on the page which allows you to select other federations.
    – Brian Towers
    May 24, 2018 at 8:27
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    how did the 1st FIDE rated people get their ratings since i guess no one really had FIDE ratings? awarded like base step in mathematical induction?
    – BCLC
    Oct 16, 2021 at 11:23
  • @BCLC The process was described by Arpad Elo in his book "Rating of Chess Players - Past and Present". Basically, the results of the players against each other is calculated and re-calculated until there's no more significant changes. Then the calculated ratings are placed (collectively) at some preconceived level -- perhaps to become comparable to some other rating system. After that, it is business as usual.
    – user30536
    Dec 16, 2022 at 17:38

To get a FIDE rating, all you need to do is play in a few FIDE rated tournaments. Many big open tournaments with lots of players are FIDE rated, so those would be a good bet. You can find these tournaments by just searching on Google "Chess Tournaments in x" where x is the region you live.

There is no online sign-up process necessary. Once you play 9 FIDE-rated games and score at least 3/9 (unless the rules have changed) then you'll have a FIDE rating.

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    And realistically speaking, if you are a beginner, scoring 3/9 in a big open tournament is unlikely at least for the tournaments I know. Nov 19, 2019 at 15:17

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has several types of FIDE rating. The easiest FIDE rating to get is the online FIDE rating. For that purpose, FIDE has a website that is relative cheap because you only need to pay 25 Euros per year (25-30 U.S. Dollars).

These are the most important links:



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