Conferred by FIDE, it is the highest title (aside from World Champion) that one can achieve. It is awarded to players who meet established performance standards. Other titles (in order of importance) are International Master and FIDE Master. Once earned, these titles cannot be taken away.
The highest level title that can be achieved in chess.
The highest title awarded by FIDE, sometimes also called INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER and abbreviated to either IGM or GM. It is awarded to players who perform at a specified level in GRANDMASTER TOURNAMENTS. The title of WOMAN INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER (WGM) is awarded to women and has a lower qualification level. Separate Grandmaster titles are also awarded for CORRESPONDENCE CHESS.