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Woman FIDE Master (WFM)

Woman FIDE Master (WFM)

Do you know that the grandmaster title is not the only one you can attain as a chess player? If you are a woman and an outstanding player, you can try to earn the woman FIDE master title.

Who Is A Woman FIDE Master?

The woman FIDE master (abbreviated as WFM) is one of the official titles given by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) exclusively to women chess players. It is the third-highest ranking exclusive to women after the woman grandmaster and the woman international master titles. Like other official FIDE titles, once a player is awarded the WFM title, it is held for life.

Woman FIDE Master Alexandra Botez.
WFM Alexandra Botez is a popular chess commentator and streamer. Photo: Alexandra Botez via Instagram.

Woman FIDE masters are skilled players who perform at a very high level. You can watch them play live using's streamers page or by going to Live Chess and clicking the Events option.

Watch Woman FIDE Masters playing live.
Watch WFMs play live on

They also play in many strong tournaments, including online competitions like Titled Tuesday and other special events. In March 2020, two popular WFM streamers, Alexandra Botez and Anna Cramling, played in the Femme Batale event on to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

How Do You Attain A Woman FIDE Master Title?

As the name implies, the WFM title is only attainable by women players. They can obtain it by achieving a FIDE classical rating of at least 2100. They must also have played at least 30 rated games to earn the title.

Woman FIDE Master Anna Cramling.
WFM Anna Cramling is another streamer. Photo: Anna Cramling.

How To Identify Woman FIDE Masters On makes it easy for you to recognize any titled player, including WFMs. You can identify them by a red tag with the initials WFM next to their names.

Identifying Woman FIDE Masters on
It is easy to identify WFMs on


You now know what the woman FIDE master title is, how to attain it, and how to identify these titled players on Head over to the Live Chess section and watch WFMs play live!

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