Geography of chess
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.
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 National Championship Czechoslovakia Czechoslovak Chess Championship Yugoslavia Yugoslav Chess Championship Soviet Union USSR Chess Championship
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