Becoming a Chess Master

To become a national chess master in the United States, one must have a 2200 rating. According to, less than 1% of rated players hold this title.

Just looking in Ohio, there are more than 26,000 rated players and less than 100 are rated as national masters.

Looks like becoming a national master in chess may be more difficult than throwing a 300 game in bowling or growing a 1000 lbs pumpkin.

My initial plan is getting a gold membership and doing up to 25 tactics per day and taking 5 chess lessons. I started on this March 14th and my tactics trainer rating went from 1560 to a high of 1721. I broke the 1700 ceiling on March 31st and now move up and down around this but have hit a plateau for the last few weeks. I am currently moving between mid 1600’s to low 1700’s.

I am thinking about taking the chess prodigy courses on, but may just read through their recommended texts books first (Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman, Silman’s Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master, The Amateur’s Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery). For now I will keep with my gold membership on and see how I progress.