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World Amateur Chess Championship

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.


Year Dates Host Winner Second Third
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
2005 Cancelled
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      

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