Geography of chess

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Chess is played all over the world and is organised in different chess federations. These are organised on a national, supranational and international level. FIDE, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs was established in 1924 and most national chess federations are now part of FIDE.

National level[edit]

The table below lists the different national chess federations and their national championship. The number of grandmasters and FIDE rated players are also indicated.


Country Zone National Federation #GM #FIDE National Championship
 Albania 1.5a Federata Shqiptare e Shahut [1] 1 45 Albanian Chess Championship
 Argentina 2.5 Fed. Argentina de Ajedrez [2] 12 1265 Argentine Chess Championship
 Armenia 1.5b Armenian Chess Federation [3] 20 255 Armenian Chess Championship
 Australia 3.6 Australian Chess Federation [4] 2 468 Australian Chess Championship
 Austria 1.2a Österreichischer Schachbund [5] 5 1477 Austrian Chess Championship
 Azerbaijan 1.8 Azerbaijan Chess Federation [6] 16 238 Azerbaijani Chess Championship
 Bangladesh 3.2 Bangladesh Chess Federation [7] 5 336 Bangladeshi Chess Championship
 Belarus 1.8 Belarus Chess Federation [8] 13 425 Belarusian Chess Championship
 Belgium 1.1b Koninklijke Belgische Schaakbond/Fed. Royale Belge des Echecs [9] 4 618 Belgian Chess Championship
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.2b Sahovski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine [10] 5 267 Bosnia and Herzegovina Chess Championship
 Brazil 2.4 Confed. Brasileira de Xadrez [11] 7 993 Brazilian Chess Championship
 Bulgaria 1.4 Българска федерация по шахмат [12] 25 606 Bulgarian Chess Championship
 Canada 2.2 Chess Federation of Canada [13] 6 445 Canadian Chess Championship
 Chile 2.5 Fed. Deportiva Nacional De Ajedrez 2 729 Chilean Chess Championship
 China 3.5 Chinese Chess Association [14] 19 345 Chinese Chess Championship
 Colombia 2.3b Fed. Colombiana de Ajedrez [15] 3 385 Colombian Chess Championship
 Costa Rica 2.3c Federacion Central de Ajedrez [16] 1 88 Costa Rican Chess Championship
 Croatia 1.2b Croatian Chess Federation [17] 29 1317 Croatian Chess Championship
 Cuba 2.3a Fed. Cubana de Ajedrez 13 885 Cuban Chess Championship
 Czech Republic 1.4 Šachový svaz České republiky [18] 23 2541 Czech Chess Championship
 Denmark 1.3 Dansk Skak Union [19] 8 999 Danish Chess Championship
 Ecuador 2.3b Fed. Ecuatoriana de Ajedrez [20] 1 392 Ecuadorian Chess Championship
 Egypt 4.2 Egyptian Chess Federation 2 350 Egyptian Chess Championship
 England 1.1a English Chess Federation [21] 35 1211 British Chess Championship
 Estonia 1.7 Eesti Maleliit [22] 4 150 Estonian Chess Championship
 Faroe Islands 1.3 Talvsamband Foroya [23] 0 57 Faroe Islands Chess Championship
 Fiji 3.6 Fiji Chess Federation [24] 0 9 Fijian Chess Championship
 Finland 1.3 Suomen Keskusshakkiliitto [25] 5 437 Finnish Chess Championship
 France 1.1b Fédération Française des Échecs [26] 31 5596 French Chess Championship
 Georgia 1.5b Chess Federation of Georgia 22 352 Georgian Chess Championship
 Germany 1.2a Deutscher Schachbund [27] 66 10897 German Chess Championship
 Greece 1.5a Elliniki Skakistiki Omospondia [28] 10 1252 Greek Chess Championship
 Guatemala 2.3.2 Fed. Nac. de Ajedrez de Guatemala 0 43 Guatemalan Chess Championship
 Guyana - Guyana Chess Federation - - Guyanese Chess Championship
 Hong Kong 3.3 Hong Kong Chess Federation 0 22 Hong Kong Chess Championship
 Hungary 1.4 Magyar Sakkszovetseg [29] 40 2817 Hungarian Chess Championship
 Iceland 1.3 Skaksamband Islands [30] 11 227 Icelandic Chess Championship
 India 3.2 All India Chess Federation [31] 15 3154 Indian Chess Championship
 Indonesia 3.3 Persatuan Catur Seluruh Indonesia [32] 3 158 Indonesian Chess Championship
 Iran 3.1 Chess Fed. of lslamic Rep. of Iran [33] 4 516 Iranian Chess Championship
 Iraq 3.1 Iraqi Chess Federation 0 174 Iraqi Chess Championship
 Ireland 1.1a Irish Chess Union [34] 1 139 Irish Chess Championship
 Israel 1.2b Israel Chess Federation [35] 34 717 Israeli Chess Championship
 Italy 1.1c Federazione Scacchistica Italiana [36] 6 2308 Italian Chess Championship
 Jamaica 2.3a Jamaica Chess Federation [37] 0 31 Jamaican Chess Championship
 Japan 3.3 Japan Chess Association [38] 0 61 Japanese Chess Championship
 Kazakhstan 3.4 Chess Fed. of Rep. of Kazakhstan 10 338 Kazakhstani Chess Championship
 Latvia 1.7 Latvijas Saha Savieniba [39] 7 217 Latvian Chess Championship
 Lebanon 3.1 Federation Libanaise des Echecs [40] 0 55 Lebanese Chess Championship
 Lithuania 1.7 Lietuvos Sachmatu Federacija [41] 6 353 Lithuanian Chess Championship
 Luxembourg 1.1b Federation Luxembourgeoise des Echecs [42] 1 99 Luxembourgian Chess Championship
 Malaysia 3.3 Malaysia Chess Federation [43] 0 161 Malaysian Chess Championship
 Malta 1.5a Il-Federazzjoni Maltija tac-Cess [44] 0 32 Maltese Chess Championship
 Mexico 2.3c Fed. Nac. de Ajedrez de Mexico AC [45] 3 553 Mexican Chess Championship
 Moldova 1.8 Fed. de Sah a Republicii Moldova [46] 6 283 Moldovan Chess Championship
 Mongolia 3.3 Mongolian Chess Federation 2 91 Mongolian Chess Championship
 Montenegro 1.5a Montenegro Chess Federation [47] 6 46 Montenegrin Chess Championship
 Morocco 4.1 Fed. Royale Marocaine des Echecs [48] 1 68 Moroccan Chess Championship
 Netherlands 1.1b Koninklijke Nederlandse Schaakbond [49] 19 1553 Dutch Chess Championship
   Nepal 3.5 Nepal Chess Association [50] 1 155 Nepal Chess Championship
 New Zealand 3.6 New Zealand Chess Federation [51] 1 155 New Zealand Chess Championship
 Norway 1.3 Norges Sjakkforbund [52] 9 480 Norwegian Chess Championship
 Panama 2.3c Fed. de Ajedrez de Panama [53] 0 28 Panamanian Chess Championship
 Paraguay 2.5 Federacion Paraguaya de Ajedrez [54] 1 146 Paraguayan Chess Championship
 Peru 2.4 Federacion Peruana de Ajedrez [55] 1 258 Peruvian Chess Championship
 Philippines 3.3 Nat. Chess Fed. of the Philippines website 5 179 Philippine Chess Championship
 Palestine 3.1 Palestine Chess Federation 1 33 Palestinian Chess Championship
 Poland 1.4 Polish Chess Federation [56] 25 3469 Polish Chess Championship
 Portugal 1.1c Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez [57] 2 678 Portuguese Chess Championship
 Puerto Rico 2.3a Fed. de Ajedrez de Puerto Rico [58] 0 57 Puerto Rican Chess Championship
 Qatar 3.1 Qatar Chess Association [59] 2 32 Qatari Chess Championship
 Romania 1.4 Federatia Romana de Sah [60] 17 1388 Romanian Chess Championship
 Russia 1.6 Russian Chess Federation [61] 174 9853 Russian Chess Championship
 Scotland 1.1a Chess Scotland [62] 5 193 Scottish Chess Championship
 Serbia 1.5a Chess Federation of Serbia [63] 44 2427 Serbian Chess Championship
 Seychelles 4.2 Seychelles Chess Federation 0 9 Seychelles Chess Championship
 Singapore 3.3 Singapore Chess Federation [64] 4 132 Singaporean Chess Championship
 Slovakia 1.4 Slovensky Sachovy Zvaz [65] 9 1152 Slovak Chess Championship
 Slovenia 1.2a Sahovska Zveza Slovenije [66] 5 548 Slovenian Chess Championship
 South Africa 4.3 Chess South Africa [67] 0 99 South African Chess Championship
 Spain 1.1c Federacion Espanola de Ajedrez [68] 27 6901 Spanish Chess Championship
 Sweden 1.3 Sveriges Schackförbund [69] 16 800 Swedish Chess Championship
  Switzerland 1.2a Schweizerischer Schachbund [70] 7 1015 Swiss Chess Championship
 Syria 3.1 Syrian Arab Chess Federation 0 106 Syrian Chess Championship
 Tajikistan 3.4 Federazijai Shakhmati Tajikistan 1 17 Tajikistani Chess Championship
 Turkey 1.5a Turkiye Satranc Federasyonu [71] 2 545 Turkish Chess Championship
 Ukraine 1.9 Ukrainian Chess Federation [72] 64 1628 Ukrainian Chess Championship
 United Arab Emirates 3.1 UAE Chess Federation [73] 1 133 Emirati Chess Championship
 United States 2.1 United States Chess Federation [74] 61 1785 U.S. Chess Championship
U.S. Women's Chess Championship
 Uruguay 2.5 Federación Uruguaya de Ajedrez [75] 1 90 Uruguayan Chess Championship
 Uzbekistan 3.6 Chess Federation of Uzbekistan [76] 9 168 Uzbekistani Chess Championship
 Venezuela 2.3c Fed. Venezolana de Ajedrez [77] 1 136 Venezuelan Chess Championship
 Vietnam 3.3 Lien Doan Co Viet Nam [78] 5 120 Vietnamese Chess Championship
 Wales 1.1a Welsh Chess Union [79] 0 117 Welsh Chess Championship
 Zambia 4.3 Chess Federation of Zambia 1 21 Zambian Chess Championship

Former nations[edit]

Country National Championship
 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovak Chess Championship
 Yugoslavia Yugoslav Chess Championship
 Soviet Union USSR Chess Championship

Supranational level[edit]

Countries (zone) Federation Official Website Championships
Europe (1) European Chess Union (ECU) http://www.eurochess.org Individual, Youth, Junior,
Senior and Team
America (2) Confederation of Chess for America (CCA) http://www.fideamerica.com Pan American Chess Championship
Asia (3) Asian Chess Federation (ACF) http://asia-chess.com Asian Chess Championship
Africa (4) African Chess Union (ACU) http://africhess.com African Chess Championship
Arab World Arab Chess Federation (ACF) http://www.arabfide.com Arab Chess Championship
Baltic region - - Baltic Chess Championship
Caribbean - - Caribbean Chess Championship
Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth Chess Association (CCA) - Commonwealth Chess Championship
Nordic countries - - Nordic Chess Championship
Oceania (3.6) Oceania Chess Confederation (OCC) http://www.oceaniachess.com/ Oceania Chess Championship
South America - - South American Chess Championship

International level[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Lists of selected national chess championships, some with cities and downloadable games: [80], [81] and [82].
  • List of national chess federations: [83]
  • Introduction to the FIDE zones: [84]