How much to chess players make?
$10 mln/year – no one
Over $1 mln/year – top-3 in the world
Over $200k – top-10
Over $100k – top-50
It’s a good article and surprisingly funny. Excerpt:
[list of ways chess players make money]
5) Sponsorships – to obtain those you basically have to prove that you either are already an established pro with a strong brand (and, preferably, good looks), or are highly likely to become one.
12) Hustling – some people make money by beating other guys in blitz or bullet. You can see a lot of chess hustlers at parks or at chess clubs.