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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.

National level

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 45 Albanian Chess Championship
Algeria 4.1 Fédération Algérienne des échecs 2 200 Algerian Chess Championship
Argentina 2.5 Fed. Argentina de Ajedrez 12 1265 Argentine Chess Championship
Armenia 1.5b Armenian Chess Federation 20 255 Armenian Chess Championship
Australia 3.6 Australian Chess Federation 2 468 Australian Chess Championship
Austria 1.2a Österreichischer Schachbund 5 1477 Austrian Chess Championship
Azerbaijan 1.8 Azerbaijan Chess Federation 16 238 Azerbaijani Chess Championship
Bangladesh 3.2 Bangladesh Chess Federation 5 336 Bangladeshi Chess Championship
Belarus 1.8 Belarus Chess Federation 13 425 Belarusian Chess Championship
Belgium 1.1b Koninklijke Belgische Schaakbond/Fed. Royale Belge des Echecs 4 618 Belgian Chess Championship
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.2b Sahovski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine 5 267 Bosnia and Herzegovina Chess Championship
Brazil 2.4 Confed. Brasileira de Xadrez 7 993 Brazilian Chess Championship
Bulgaria 1.4 Българска федерация по шахмат 25 606 Bulgarian Chess Championship
Canada 2.2 Chess Federation of Canada 6 445 Canadian Chess Championship
Chile 2.5 Fed. Deportiva Nacional De Ajedrez 2 729 Chilean Chess Championship
China 3.5 Chinese Chess Association 19 345 Chinese Chess Championship
Colombia 2.3b Fed. Colombiana de Ajedrez 3 385 Colombian Chess Championship
Costa Rica 2.3c Federacion Central de Ajedrez 1 88 Costa Rican Chess Championship
Croatia 1.2b Croatian Chess Federation 29 1317 Croatian Chess Championship
Cuba 2.3a Fed. Cubana de Ajedrez 13 885 Cuban Chess Championship
Cyprus 1.10 Cyprus Chess Federation 0 79 Cypriot Chess Championship
Czech Republic 1.4 Šachový svaz České republiky 23 2541 Czech Chess Championship
Denmark 1.3 Dansk Skak Union 8 999 Danish Chess Championship
Dominican Republic 2.3.5 Federación Dominicana de Ajedrez 1 100 Dominican Chess Championship
Ecuador 2.3b Fed. Ecuatoriana de Ajedrez 1 392 Ecuadorian Chess Championship
Egypt 4.2 Egyptian Chess Federation 2 350 Egyptian Chess Championship
England 1.1a English Chess Federation 35 1211 British Chess Championship
Estonia 1.7 Eesti Maleliit 4 150 Estonian Chess Championship
Faroe Islands 1.3 Talvsamband Foroya 0 57 Faroe Islands Chess Championship
Fiji 3.6 Fiji Chess Federation 0 9 Fijian Chess Championship
Finland 1.3 Suomen Keskusshakkiliitto 5 437 Finnish Chess Championship
France 1.1b Fédération Française des Échecs 31 5596 French Chess Championship
Georgia 1.5b Chess Federation of Georgia 22 352 Georgian Chess Championship
Germany 1.2a Deutscher Schachbund 66 10897 German Chess Championship
Greece 1.5a Elliniki Skakistiki Omospondia 10 1252 Greek Chess Championship
Guatemala 2.3.2 Fed. Nac. de Ajedrez de Guatemala 0 43 Guatemalan Chess Championship
Guyana 2.3.5 Guyana Chess Federation 0 15 Guyanese Chess Championship
Hong Kong 3.3 Hong Kong Chess Federation 0 22 Hong Kong Chess Championship
Hungary 1.4 Magyar Sakkszovetseg 40 2817 Hungarian Chess Championship
Iceland 1.3 Skáksamband Íslands 13 227 Icelandic Chess Championship
India 3.2 All India Chess Federation 15 3154 Indian Chess Championship
Indonesia 3.3 Persatuan Catur Seluruh Indonesia 7 158 Indonesian Chess Championship
Iran 3.1 Chess Fed. of lslamic Rep. of Iran 4 516 Iranian Chess Championship
Iraq 3.1 Iraqi Chess Federation 0 174 Iraqi Chess Championship
Ireland 1.1a Irish Chess Union 1 139 Irish Chess Championship
Israel 1.2b Israel Chess Federation 34 717 Israeli Chess Championship
Italy 1.1c Federazione Scacchistica Italiana 6 2308 Italian Chess Championship
Jamaica 2.3a Jamaica Chess Federation 0 31 Jamaican Chess Championship
Japan 3.3 Japan Chess Association 0 61 Japanese Chess Championship
Kazakhstan 3.4 Chess Fed. of Rep. of Kazakhstan 15 338 Kazakhstani Chess Championship
Latvia 1.7 Latvijas Saha Savieniba 7 217 Latvian Chess Championship
Lebanon 3.1 Federation Libanaise des Echecs 0 55 Lebanese Chess Championship
Lithuania 1.7 Lietuvos Sachmatu Federacija 6 353 Lithuanian Chess Championship
Luxembourg 1.1b Federation Luxembourgeoise des Echecs 1 99 Luxembourgian Chess Championship
Macedonia 1.2b Chess Federation of FYROM 9 200 Macedonian Chess Championship
Malaysia 3.3 Malaysian Chess Federation 0 161 Malaysian Chess Championship
Malta 1.5a Il-Federazzjoni Maltija tac-Cess 0 32 Maltese Chess Championship
Mexico 2.3c Fed. Nac. de Ajedrez de Mexico AC 3 553 Mexican Chess Championship
Moldova 1.8 Federația de Șah a Republicii Moldova 6 283 Moldovan Chess Championship
Mongolia 3.3 Mongolian Chess Federation 4 91 Mongolian Chess Championship
Montenegro 1.5a Montenegro Chess Federation 6 46 Montenegrin Chess Championship
Morocco 4.1 Fed. Royale Marocaine des Echecs 1 68 Moroccan Chess Championship
Netherlands 1.1b Koninklijke Nederlandse Schaakbond 19 1553 Dutch Chess Championship
Nepal 3.5 Nepal Chess Association 1 155 Nepal Chess Championship
New Zealand 3.6 New Zealand Chess Federation 1 155 New Zealand Chess Championship
Norway 1.3 Norges Sjakkforbund 9 480 Norwegian Chess Championship
Pakistan 3.2a Chess Federation of Pakistan 0 50 Pakistani Chess Championship
Panama 2.3c Fed. de Ajedrez de Panama 0 28 Panamanian Chess Championship
Paraguay 2.5 Federacion Paraguaya de Ajedrez 1 146 Paraguayan Chess Championship
Peru 2.4 Federacion Peruana de Ajedrez 1 258 Peruvian Chess Championship
Philippines 3.3 National Chess Federation 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 25 3469 Polish Chess Championship
Portugal 1.1c Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez 2 678 Portuguese Chess Championship
Puerto Rico 2.3a Fed. de Ajedrez de Puerto Rico 0 57 Puerto Rican Chess Championship
Qatar 3.1 Qatar Chess Association 2 32 Qatari Chess Championship
Romania 1.4 Federatia Romana de Sah 17 1388 Romanian Chess Championship
Russia 1.6 Russian Chess Federation 174 9853 Russian Chess Championship
Scotland 1.1a Chess Scotland 5 193 Scottish Chess Championship
Serbia 1.5a Chess Federation of Serbia 44 2427 Serbian Chess Championship
Seychelles 4.2 Seychelles Chess Federation 0 9 Seychelles Chess Championship
Singapore 3.3 Singapore Chess Federation 4 132 Singaporean Chess Championship
Slovakia 1.4 Slovensky Sachovy Zvaz 9 1152 Slovak Chess Championship
Slovenia 1.2a Sahovska Zveza Slovenije 5 548 Slovenian Chess Championship
South Africa 4.3 Chess South Africa 0 99 South African Chess Championship
Spain 1.1c Federacion Espanola de Ajedrez 27 6901 Spanish Chess Championship
Sweden 1.3 Sveriges Schackförbund 16 800 Swedish Chess Championship
Switzerland 1.2a Schweizerischer Schachbund 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 2 545 Turkish Chess Championship
Uganda 4.2 Uganda Chess Federation 0 45 Uganda Chess Championship
Uganda ladies Chess Championship
Ukraine 1.9 Ukrainian Chess Federation 64 1628 Ukrainian Chess Championship
United Arab Emirates 3.1 UAE Chess Federation 1 133 Emirati Chess Championship
United States 2.1 United States Chess Federation 61 1785 U.S. Chess Championship
U.S. Women's Chess Championship
Uruguay 2.5 Federación Uruguaya de Ajedrez 1 90 Uruguayan Chess Championship
Uzbekistan 3.6 Chess Federation of Uzbekistan 9 168 Uzbekistani Chess Championship
Venezuela 2.3c Fed. Venezolana de Ajedrez 1 136 Venezuelan Chess Championship
Vietnam 3.3 Vietnam Chess Federation 5 120 Vietnamese Chess Championship
Wales 1.1a Welsh Chess Union 0 117 Welsh Chess Championship
Zambia 4.3 Chess Federation of Zambia 1 21 Zambian Chess Championship

Former nations

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

Supranational level

 
Europe (1) European Chess Union (ECU)   Individual, Youth, Junior,
Senior and Team
America (2) Confederation of Chess for America (CCA)   Pan American Chess Championship
Asia (3) Asian Chess Federation (ACF)   Asian Chess Championship, Asian Senior Chess Championship
Africa (4) African Chess Confederation (ACC)   African Chess Championship
Arab World Arab Chess Federation (ACF)   Arab Chess Championship
Baltic region - - Baltic Chess Championship
Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth Chess Association (CCA)   Commonwealth Chess Championship
Francophone countries International Chess Federation of French-speaking countries (AIDEF)   AIDEF Chess Championship
Ibero-America Iberoamerican Chess Federation (FIBDA)   Iberoamerican Chess Championship
Mediterranean countries Mediterranean Chess Assoiation   Mediterranean Chess Championship
Nordic countries Nordic Chess Federation   Nordic Chess Championship
Oceania (3.6) Oceania Chess Confederation (OCC)   Oceania Chess Championship
South America - - South American Chess Championship
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