I'm intending to play in the Oceania Zonal tournament (brochure) and direct titles will be awarded in this tournament. I'm interested in the WIM title. The FIDE handbook says in regards to the WIM title:
1st equal – title;
Silver & Bronze – norm
1st equal = best 3 players after tiebreak;
The current list of entries are here and it includes WGM Julia Ryjanova (2308) and IM Irina Berezina (2109) who are much stronger than me. Both players, however, already have titles higher than the WIM title, and I would like to know if they "count" for awarding direct titles. Do I need to score at least as much as them?
Question: To earn a direct title for coming first in an official FIDE tournament, do we include players who already have that title?