I came across this lady from Japan: https://ratings.fide.com/profile/7001800

She holds the WCM title, which according to the FIDE handbook requires that you have at one point in time reached 1800 elo rating.

However, her highest ever published rating is 1739 which doesn't even come close, so I doubt her live rating ever went above 1800.

The title was awarded in 2019. How is it possible for her to have this title?

Note: Nothing personal against this player, I'm just using her as an example to try and understand FIDE title regulations better.

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    Related, possibly a duplicate: chess.stackexchange.com/questions/39435/… May 10 at 5:21
  • @BrianMcCutchon that answer does not apply here. In that question the player has achieved the minimum of 2300 Elo for a direct GM title. For WCM titles you normally get it by achieving 2000 Elo, or receive it conditionally by tournament result, finalised once you have reached 1800 Elo for the first time, which the person in this question did not do.
    – Anonymous
    May 10 at 6:41

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For candidate masters titles (CM and WCM) there are two ways of getting the title:

  1. Achieve a certain rating (2000 for CM, 1800 for WCM)
  2. Achieve a certain position in an international event (World, intercontinental, continental, Olympiad, etc.). These include events for age categories as low as U7 (under 7), so you can be very weak and still qualify for the title.

You do not need both.

Try this - go to the FIDE rating advanced search page and select

  1. Title = WCandidate Master
  2. Sort by = Rating, ascending

You will get this page which currently shows two WCMs with no rating and the next player, who received the WCM title in 2017, with a rating of 1015.

There are currently 796 WCMs and the advanced search spreads them out over 8 pages, so 100 players per page. The highest rated player on the first page is rated 1396.

  • If I am not mistaken, you need 2200/2000 for CM/WCM May 11 at 12:44
  • @QEDemonstrandum is correct. 2000 for WCM title, or achieve a qualifying tournament result and have 1800 rating. The 1800 rating rule I think was added some time in 2017, so many players who achieved a direct WCM title before 2017 are way under 1800.
    – Anonymous
    May 17 at 3:28

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