Bachar Kouatly

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Bachar Kouatly
Bachar Kouatly (Figueres, 2016).jpg
Bachar Kouatly in 2016
Born (1958-03-03) 3 March 1958 (age 61)
Damascus, Syria
TitleGrandmaster (1989)
FIDE rating2453 (March 2019)
Peak rating2520 (JUly 1993)

Bachar Kouatly (Arabic: بشار قوتلي) (born 3 March 1958 in Damascus) is a French chess grandmaster, journalist and activist.

He played three times for Lebanon in the World Junior Chess Championship (1975–1977), and represented Lebanon at the Chess Olympiad at La Valleta 1980. He won a zonal tournament at Qatar in 1981 and finished 14th at the 1982 Interzonal tournament in Toluca.

Kouatly won the French Chess Championship in 1979.[1] He played for France in five Chess Olympiads (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1992).[2]

He was awarded the titles of International Master in 1975 and Grandmaster in 1989.

Bachar Kouatly is an editor of Europe Échecs, a French–language chess magazine.

On December 10, 2016 he was elected President of the French Chess Federation.[3]


  1. ^ Championnats de France[permanent dead link] (in French)
  2. ^ Bachar Kouatly team chess record at
  3. ^ Fédération Française des Echecs (in French)

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