Aman Hambleton

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Aman Hambleton
Born30 December 1992 (1992-12-30) (age 26)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
TitleGrandmaster (2018)
FIDE rating2487 (June 2019)
Peak rating2509 (September 2013)

Aman Hambleton (born 30 December 1992) is a Canadian chess grandmaster. He won the Canadian Open Chess Championship in 2017 and is the No. 10 ranked Canadian player as of April 2019.[1] Hambleton is known as one of the Chessbrahs, along with other grandmasters such as Eric Hansen and Robin van Kampen.[2][3]

Chess career[edit]

Hambleton was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1992, and learned to play chess at the age of five. He moved to Toronto at age six, and played in his first tournament in the same year.[4]

He earned his international master (IM) title in 2013,[5] and was awarded his grandmaster (GM) title by FIDE in April 2018,[6] becoming Canada's tenth GM.[2] He earned his first GM norm at the UNAM Chess Festival in 2012, while still a FIDE master, but did not achieve the second norm until the Reykjavik Open in April 2017. He had vowed in March 2017 to not shave his beard until he attained the GM title,[7] resulting in a lengthy beard by the time he earned his third GM norm in December 2017.[2] He also won the Canadian Open Chess Championship in July 2017, sharing first with Razvan Preotu on a score of 6½/9.[8]

Hambleton represented Canada at the 41st Chess Olympiad. On the reserve board, he scored 3½/7 (+2–2=3).[9] He played on the reserve board again at the 43rd Chess Olympiad. He lost to the 1937-rated Rijendra Rajbhandar in the first round,[10] but won his last four games to finish on 4½/7 (+4–2=1).[11]


  1. ^ Staff writer(s) (April 2019). "Federations Ranking – Canada". FIDE.
  2. ^ a b c Sunway Sitges: Aravindh Wins, Hambleton To Shave Beard
  3. ^ About Chessbrahs
  4. ^ Top Players - 2013 Canadian Open
  5. ^ 1st quarter Presidential Board Meeting 2013, 18-20 January, Yerevan, ARM FIDE
  6. ^ 1st quarter Presidential Board Meeting 2018, April 6-9, Minsk, Belarus FIDE
  7. ^ On Chess: The quest to grandmaster title at the St. Louis Invitational St. Louis Public Radio
  8. ^ 2017 Canadian Open: Results Chess Federation of Canada
  9. ^ 41st Chess Olympiad: Tromsø 2014, Canada OlimpBase
  10. ^ Chess Olympiad: 7 Minutes Of Tension In 1st Round
  11. ^ 43rd Chess Olympiad: Batumi 2018, Canada OlimpBase

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