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1988 in chess

List of years in chess (table)

Events in chess in 1988.

Top players

Kasparov and Karpov remained the top two players in the world, positions that they had held since July 1982. Over the year, Dutch player Jan Timman and Alexander Beliavsky of the USSR moved up the list, whilst Andrei Sokolov from the USSR and Ljubomir Ljubojević of Yugoslavia moved down.

January 1988 FIDE rating list. Top 11 players

Elo FIDE Top Eleven Men FIDE Top Eleven Women Elo
2750 Garry Kasparov (URS) Maia Chiburdanidze (URS) 2560
2715 Anatoly Karpov (URS) Nona Gaprindashvili (URS) 2485
2675 Jan Timman (NED) Zsuzsa Polgar (HUN) 2475
2645 Alexander Beliavsky (URS) Nana Ioseliani (URS) 2455
2640 Viktor Korchnoi (CHE) Pia Cramling (SWE) 2435
2630 Mikhail Tal (URS) Ketevan Arakhamia (URS) 2420
2630 Predrag Nikolić (YUG) Nana Alexandria (URS) 2415
2630 Nigel Short (ENG) Marta Litinskaya-Shul (URS) 2415
2625 Artur Yusupov (URS) Elena Akhmilovskaya (URS) 2400
2625 Jon Speelman (ENG) Agnieszka Brustman (POL) 2395
2625 Mikhail Gurevich (URS) Anna Akhsharumova (USA) 2385


The following major chess tournaments took place in 1988:

Grandmasters Association World Cup

The Grandmasters Association held six World Cup tournaments over 1988 and 1989, with some of the world's best players invited. The first three of these tournaments were held in 1988.

28th Chess Olympiad

The 28th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece was held between 12 November and 30 November. It was won by the USSR, ahead of England in second and the Netherlands in third.

The gold medal on the first board was won by Kasparov of USSR with 8½/10. Lajos Portisch of Hungary was second, also scoring 8½, but from 11 games.

The Women's Chess Olympiad was held alongside the open tournament. The winners were Hungary, ahead of the USSR and Yugoslavia.

Other major tournaments

Titles awarded


In 1989, FIDE awarded the Grandmaster title to the following 20 players:

In addition George Koltanowski (b. 1903) was awarded an honorary Grandmaster title in 1988.


The following chess grandmasters were born in 1988:


The following leading chess personality died in 1988:

Other events

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