The World Amateur Chess Championship was a tournament organized 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 the championship was discontinued after 1928. However, in recent years (1990s), FIDE has revamped it with an amateur being 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.
Also, there is another "World Amateur Chess Championship" supposed to be held by the Amateur Chess Organisation with it being held in Rhodes in 2014. However, this is not recognised by FIDE.
|1924||4 May - 27 Jul||Paris, France||Hermanis Matisons||Fricis Apšenieks||Edgar Colle|
|1928||17 May - 12 Aug||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Max Euwe||Dawid Przepiórka||Hermanis Matisons|
|1997||28 Dec - 5 Jan||Hastings, England||Olev Schults||Merab Tkhalidze||Nikolos Khechikashvili|
|1998||29 Dec - 11 Jan||Hastings, England||Viraf Avari||N.N.||N.N.|
|1999||29 Dec - 10 Jan||Hastings, England||Gaguik Oganessian||Dan Erichsen||Peter Mercs|
|2000||29 Dec - 6 Jan||Hastings, England||Sven Mühlenhaus||Vitaly Kachatkov||Nick Frost|
|2001||27 Dec - 8 Jan||Pamplona, Spain||Bismarck Chaverra Rojas||Antxon Serras||Miguel Rada Equiza|
|2001||6 Dec - 13 Dec||Bento Gonçalves, Brazil||Flávio Olivência||Darlan Veit||Milton Gonçalves Sánchez|
|2002||13 Dec - 19 Dec||Bento Gonçalves, Brazil||Juliano Resende Pereira||Raphael Alonso||Eduardo Munoa da Silva|
|2003||2 Jul - 13 Jul||Tshwane, South Africa||Shabier Bhawoodien||Graham Jurgensen||Octacílio Velloso|
|2004||30 Jun - 10 Jul||Cape Town, South Africa||Farai Mandizha||Botlhale Lebea||W Ndui|
|2006||23 Nov - 3 Dec||Tripoli, Libya||Rachid Hifad||Talat Zinahoum||Ali Abbas|
|2007||11 Aug - 18 Aug||Predeal, Romania||Duca Alexandru Gabriel||Almog Burstein||Nagy Laszlo|
|2008||28 Apr - 6 May||Chalkidiki, Greece||Galopoulos Panagiotis||Castano Henry Augusto||Skoulakis Charalambos|
|2009||27 Apr - 3 May||Thessaloniki, Greece||Parlog Stefan||Toma Radu-Cristian]||Nagy Laszlo|
|2010||19 Mar - 25 Mar||Illinois, United States||Andrew Hubbard||Alybaev Djekshenbek||Mohammad Shaikh|
|2011||1 Oct - 10 Oct||Antalya, Turkey||Bilgunn Sumiya||Ozdemir Timur||Dáger Álvarez|
|2012||16 Apr - 22 Apr||Chalkidiki, Greece||Haralambos Tsakiris||Akinci Muzaffer Ege||Johannesson Oliver|
|2013||21 Apr - 30 Apr||Iași, Romania||Vrencian Lehel||Aron Teh Eu Wen||Boldoo Erdenepurev|
|2014||26 Apr - 3 May||Singapore, Singapore||Gijir Munkhbayar||Agibileg Uurtsaikh||Ashvin Sivakumar|
|2015||14 Apr - 21 Apr||Chalkidiki, Greece||Deniz Doğan||Konstantinos Michaelides||Kaimar Puusepp|
|2016||26 Aug - 3 Sep||Eretria, Greece|