World Amateur Chess Championship

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The World Amateur Chess Championship is a tournament organised by the World Chess Federation, FIDE. FIDE intended to promote amateur chess play by holding championship tournaments linked to the Olympic Games, but only two events were held.


The first championship was held the year that FIDE was founded, at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. This is considered the unofficial first Chess Olympiad, and is the only Olympiad that was an individual event. The second championship was held at the 1928 Summer Olympics in The Hague, in conjunction with the 2nd Chess Olympiad.

Chess has never been an official part of the Olympic Games, and since the chess community does not make any essential distinction between amateur and professional[1] the championship was discontinued after 1928. However, in 1995 FIDE has revamped it to celebrate the centenary of the Hastings International Chess Congress[2] and since then has been held annually. The first renewed edition, held concurrently with the 1995/96 Hastings Congress from 28 December 1995 to 5 January 1996, was rescricted to not FIDE-rated players.[3] Subsequently, amateur was defined as a player with a FIDE rating below 2000 and not having attained a rating of more than 2000 in the past 2 years. In 2016, the event was split for the first time in three rating categories: U-2300, U-2000 and U-1700.

According to the current FIDE regulations, the winner is awarded with the title of FIDE Master (FM), while the runner-up and the bronze medallist receive the Candidate Master (CM) title.[4]

Since 2012, there is another World Amateur Chess Championship, organised by the Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO),[5] which is not recognised by FIDE.[6]


Year Dates Host Winner Second Third
1924 4 May – 27 Jul Paris, France Latvia Hermanis Matisons Latvia Fricis Apšenieks Belgium Edgar Colle
1928 17 May – 12 Aug Amsterdam, Netherlands Netherlands Max Euwe Poland Dawid Przepiórka Latvia Hermanis Matisons
1996 28 Dec – 5 Jan Hastings, England[7] England Brian Johnson[8] N.N. N.N.
1997[9] 28 Dec – 5 Jan Hastings, England Estonia Olev Schults Georgia (country) Merab Tkhalidze Georgia (country) Nikolos Khechikashvili
1998[10] 29 Dec – 11 Jan Hastings, England India Viraf Avari N.N. N.N.
1999[11] 29 Dec – 10 Jan Hastings, England Armenia Gaguik Oganessian Denmark Dan Erichsen England Peter Mercs
2000[12] 29 Dec – 6 Jan Hastings, England Germany Sven Mühlenhaus Belarus Vitaly Kachatkov England Nick Frost
2001[13] 27 Dec – 8 Jan Pamplona, Spain Colombia Bismarck Chaverra Rojas Spain Antxon Serras Spain Miguel Rada Equiza
2001[14] 6–13 Dec Bento Gonçalves, Brazil Brazil Flávio Olivência Brazil Darlan Veit Brazil Milton Gonçalves Sánchez
2002[15] 13–19 Dec Bento Gonçalves, Brazil Brazil Juliano Resende Pereira Brazil Raphael Alonso Brazil Eduardo Munoa da Silva
2003[16] 2–13 Jul Tshwane, South Africa South Africa Shabier Bhawoodien South Africa Graham Jurgensen Brazil Octacílio Velloso
2004[17] 30 Jun – 10 Jul Cape Town, South Africa Zimbabwe Farai Mandizha South Africa Botlhale Lebea South Africa W Ndui
2005[18] Cancelled
2006[19] 23 Nov – 3 Dec Tripoli, Libya Morocco Rachid Hifad Egypt Talat Zinahoum Tunisia Ali Abbas
2007[20] 11–18 Aug Predeal, Romania Romania Duca Alexandru Gabriel Israel Almog Burstein Germany Nagy Laszlo
2008[21] 28 Apr – 6 May Chalkidiki, Greece Greece Galopoulos Panagiotis Colombia Castano Henry Augusto Greece Skoulakis Charalambos
2009[22][23] 27 Apr – 3 May Thessaloniki, Greece Romania Parlog Stefan Romania Toma Radu-Cristian] Germany Nagy Laszlo
2010[24][25] 19–25 Mar Illinois, United States United States Andrew Hubbard Kyrgyzstan Alybaev Djekshenbek India Mohammad Shaikh
2011[26][27] 1–10 Oct Antalya, Turkey Mongolia Bilgunn Sumiya Turkey Ozdemir Timur Colombia Dáger Álvarez
2012[28][29] 16–22 Apr Chalkidiki, Greece Greece Haralambos Tsakiris Turkey Akinci Muzaffer Ege Iceland Johannesson Oliver
2013[30][31] 21–30 Apr Iași, Romania Romania Vrencian Lehel Malaysia Aron Teh Eu Wen Mongolia Boldoo Erdenepurev
2014[32] 26 Apr – 3 May Singapore Mongolia Gijir Munkhbayar Mongolia Agibileg Uurtsaikh Singapore Ashvin Sivakumar
2015[33] 14–21 Apr Chalkidiki, Greece Turkey Mire Deniz Doğan Cyprus Konstantinos Michaelides Estonia Kaimar Puusepp
2016[34] 18–28 Apr Chalkidiki, Greece Kazakhstan Zhuban Bigabylov Estonia Toomas Valgmae Mongolia Ganzorig Gantsooj
2017 1–9 Apr Spoleto, Italy Myanmar Win Tun Canada Ghannoum Marc Russia Pahomov Ruslan
2018 22–29 Apr Cagliari, Italy India Singh Arvinder Preet Colombia Miguel Angel Garavito Mongolia Gunbayar Myagmarsuren

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A chess amateur is a player who does not earn a living through chess. Chess amateurs are not restricted in any way: they can win prizes, accept appearance fees, and earn any chess title, including World Champion. In 1935 Max Euwe became the last amateur to win the World Championship. (Hooper & Whyld 1992, p. 13)
  2. ^ Henderson, John (January 2000). "Elaine Rutherford wins World Title". Chess Scotland. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Hastings Centenary Congress (PDF). The Hastings International Chess Congress. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  4. ^ Table for Direct Titles effective from 1 July 2014. FIDE.
  5. ^ Amateur Chess Organization
  7. ^ "Dr Shabier Bhawoodien is World Amateur Champion". FIDE. 2003-07-18.
  8. ^ FIDE Honours. English Chess Federation.
  9. ^ The Week in Chess 113
  10. ^ The Week in Chess 166
  11. ^ The Week in Chess 218
  12. ^ [75th Hastings International Chess Congress Bulletin]
  13. ^ Campeonato Mundial Amador
  14. ^ Brasilbase
  15. ^ Brasilbase
  16. ^ Brasilbase
  17. ^ World Amateur Championship 2004
  18. ^ World Amateur Championship 2005
  19. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2006
  20. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship
  21. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2008
  22. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2009
  23. ^ World Amateur Championship 2009
  24. ^ World Amateur Chess Championships 2010
  25. ^ Winners of the 2010 World Amateur Chess Championship
  26. ^ 2011 World Amateur Chess Championship
  27. ^ 14-year-old wins World Amateur Chess Championship 2011
  28. ^ World Amateur Championship 2012
  29. ^ FIDE World Amateur Chess Championship 2012 crowns new champions
  30. ^ World Amateur Championships 2013
  31. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2013
  32. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2014
  33. ^ World Amateur Chess Championship 2015
  34. ^ FIDE Calendar. World Amateur Championship 2016. FIDE