Who had the lowest rating when they earned at least one GM norm?

  • these zonal tournaments give GM norms. probably some african zonal?
    – cmgchess
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 10:49
  • define lowest rating (does it mean FIDE?) and doesnt it have to be 2600, since thats the level to get a GM norm?
    – DialFrost
    Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 11:06
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    @DialFrost anyone can get a torment proformance rating of 2600 regardless of their rating. Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 13:03
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    FIDE has a page showing title norm application at ratings.fide.com/title_norms.phtml?title=GM&country=.
    – ferdy
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 10:30

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I don't think he holds the record but IM Yochanan Afek was rated 2329 (and already 50 years old !) when he secured his first GM-norm by winning the Paris City Championship in 2002.

Putting aside GM-norms from special tournaments (Zonals or Youth Championships), I suspect only underrated youngsters might have achieved a norm while being rated lower.


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