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Against Chess Olympiad

Official logo and stamps of the Olympiad

The Against Chess Olympiad was arranged as an alternative to the official 22nd Chess Olympiad, held in Haifa, Israel, almost simultaneously. This unofficial Olympiad took place in Tripoli, Libya from October 24 to November 15, 1976.


When FIDE decided to award the hosting of the 1976 Olympiad to Israel, it caused a lot of controversy, as several countries, including the Soviet Union and all of the Arab nations, did not recognize the state of Israel. In protest, the Soviet team boycotted the tournament in Haifa, as did all the Soviet satellite states in the Eastern Bloc.

The Arab member nations of FIDE also stayed away from Haifa, but instead held their own Olympiad in Tripoli at the same time as the official one. In the promotion material, this event was called the Against Israel Olympiad, but it has later become known by the politically less volatile name Against Chess Olympiad.

While the unofficial Tripoli Olympiad was a highly charged political event, the actual chess played was on quite a different level. None of the big chess nations (Eastern or Western) came to Libya, so the field consisted of the Arab states, a number of minor chess nations, and some that were not even members of FIDE. Not a single Grandmaster was present, and very few International Masters. The Philippines, Italy, and Uruguay were the only nations to send teams to both Olympiads, and none of them were able to win any medals at either event.


Thirty-four teams played a 13-round Swiss system tournament. In a somewhat surprising outcome, the completely unknown Salvadoran team, which included 17-year-old talent Boris Pineda, took home the gold medals. Silver and bronze went to Tunisia and Pakistan, respectively.

# Country Points Players
1 El Salvador 38½ A. Grimaldi, R. Grimaldi, Infante, Camacho, Pineda, Velásquez
2 Tunisia 36 IM Bouaziz, IM Belkadi, Drira, Sbia
3 Pakistan 34½ IM Farooqi, Ali, Ahmad, Mirza, Mohiuddin, Mazhar Hussain
# Country Points
4 Iraq 33½
5 Italy 32½
6 Turkey 32½
7 Afghanistan 29½
8 Nicaragua 27½
9 Panama 27½
10 Bangladesh 27
11 Sri Lanka 27
12 Portugal 27
13 Algeria 26½
14 Morocco 26½
15 Philippines 26½
16 Kenya 26
17 Uruguay 26
18 South Yemen 26
19 Trinidad and Tobago 25½
20 Malta 25½
21 North Yemen 25½
22 Madagascar 25½
23 Lebanon 25
24 Libya 24½
25 Jordan 24½
26 Uganda 24½
27 Kuwait 24½
28 United Arab Emirates 20½
29 Mauritius 20
30 Palestine 18½
31 Mauritania 18½
32 Gambia 18
33 Oman 18
34 Somalia 7

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