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Essam El-Gindy

Full name Essam A Elgendy
Country Egypt
Born 14 July 1966
Cairo, Egypt
Title Grandmaster (2008)
Peak rating 2527 (October 2008)

Essam El-Gindy (also known as Essam El-Gendy and Esam Mohamed Ahmed Nagib; born 14 July 1966 in Cairo) is an Egyptian chess Grandmaster and FIDE Trainer.

He is a former Egyptian Champion (2002), African Champion (2003) and has represented Egypt in three Chess Olympiads (1996, 1998, 2014). He has competed at two FIDE World Chess Championships (1999, 2004) and four consecutive Chess World Cups (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013).


In 2003, El-Gindy won the delayed 2002 Egyptian Chess Championship, shared first (third on tiebreak) with 8/10 at the Golden Cleopatra Open,followed by scoring his first two GM norms at the African Championships with 7.5/9 and the Arab Chess Championships with 7/9 in 2003. Eventually he reached his final norm in 2008 with 9/12 at the Alushta Summer Open.

He made his debut at World Championship level with a first round 2-0 exit to Ulf Andersson in the FIDE World Chess Championship 1999.

El-Gindy's success at the African Chess Championship of 2003 earned him a spot in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, losing in the first round to Aleksej Aleksandrov 1½-½. He qualified for the Chess World Cup four times via the African Championships. His third place on tiebreak in 2007 secured a place at the Chess World Cup 2007 where he scored an upset win in the first round against former FIDE World Champion and eventual quarter-finalist Ruslan Ponomariov, but he went on to lose the match after rapid tiebreaks 2½-1½. A fourth-place finish in 2009 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2009, going out in the first round to Ponomariov 1½-½. Second place in 2011 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2011, going out in the first round to Zoltan Almasi 2-0. Third place on tiebreak in 2013 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2013, where he went out in first round 2-0 to Leinier Dominguez.

In 2009, El-Gindy won the Arab Chess Championship, scoring 7/9.

El-Gindy won the 2014 AIDEF Chess Championships on tiebreak with a score of 7.5/9.

Team results

El-Gindy has competed in various team tournaments at both club and international level. He has won three team golds and an individual gold and bronze at international level, representing Egypt. For his clubs, El-Gindy has won four team golds and a team silver medal as well as gold, two silvers and two bronze medals for his individual play.

International results

Tournament Board Individual result Team result
Olympiad Yerevan 1996 First 1.5/7 66th
Olympiad Elista 1998 First 5/10 (60th) 38th
All-Africa Games 2003 Second 4/6 Gold
Pan Arab Games 2007 First 5.5/8 Gold
All-Africa Games 2007 First 8.5/9 (Gold) Gold
World Team Champ. 2011 Third 0.5/4 10th
All Africa Games 2011 Third 5.5/7 (Bronze) Gold
World Cities Champ. 2012 First 0/2 Group phase
Olympiad Tromso 2014 Fifth 2/6 23rd

Club results

Tournament Team Board Individual result Team result
Arab Club Champ, Damascus 2003 Al-Sharkia (EGY) Second 4.5/7 Gold
Arab Club Champ, Agadir 2005 Al-Sharkia (EGY) Second 6.5/8 (Bronze) Gold
Arab Club Champ, Amman 2006 Al-Sharkia (EGY) Second 6/8 (Gold) Gold
Arab Club Champ, Khartoum 2007 Al-Sharkia (EGY) First 6/8 (Bronze) Gold
Asian Club Cup, Al-Ain 2008 Al-Ain B (UAE) Reserve 5/7 (Silver) Eighth
Arab Club Champ, Tunis 2009 El-Dakhlia (EGY) Third 6/8 (Silver) Silver