How To Become a Candidate Master

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How to Become a candidate master

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To become a Candidate Master (CM) in chess, you need to achieve an established classical FIDE rating of 2200

The CM title is awarded by the International Chess Federation, FIDE, to players who are strong candidates for becoming masters

It is ranked below the titles of grandmaster, international master, and FIDE master. Once earned, the title is held for life.

To achieve this title, you need to be registered with FIDE and have an Elo rating above 2200. This requires not only talent but also a great deal of hard work and dedication. 

However, there are other ways to gain the title if you are rated over 2000 but under 2200.

Here are some of them:

  1. Finishing first, second, or third in the World Youth Championship (U8 and U10).
  2. Finishing second or third in a Continental under 12, under 14, or under 16 championship.
  3. Finishing second or third in the World Youth Championship (U14 and U12).
  4. Scoring 50% or more over at least 7 games at an olympiad or other special events.

To become a candidate Master or achieve the candidate master (CM) rating, you need to demonstrate your mastery in multiple areas. This is no easy feat and requires dedication, skill, and time.

Don’t expect to achieve it overnight or even over a few months. We’re talking years of diligent study, practice, and competition.

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