On this page you can find out about the long history of Scotland's international chess activity and Scottish participation in forthcoming and recent international events:
* Team
* Individual
* Women chess
* Senior chess

 

Chess Scotland selects teams and individual players according to the selection policy where organisers limit representation although many international tournaments allow entry simply by payment of an entry fee.

Team Chess
Chess Olympiad

The Chess Olympiad is the most important of international team events with over 100 countries taking part every two years. Chess Scotland has regularly sent a team since its admission to FIDE in 1932 and has an unbroken record of participation since 1964.

European Team Championship

The European Team Championship is currently held every two years in alternate years to the Olympiad and it is the other main team event in which Chess Scotland takes part. Scotland first sent a team to the 1989 Championship and has taken part at every opportunity since.

Individual Chess

Scotland has almost 400 internationally rated players seeking to improve their rankings but it is a much smaller proportion who have attained an international title. On the international rating list run by FIDE, Scotland has five Grandmasters (GMs) Keti Grant, Colin McNab, Paul Motwani, Jonathan Rowson and John Shaw.

Chess Scotland enters players where official registration is required e.g. European Individual Championships and selects players for some official championships e.g. British Championship, Commonwealth Championship and European Union Championship and International Opens e.g. Cappelle-la-Grande where a nomination place is offered by the organisers.

Women Chess
The strongest chess countries in the world, especially those in Eastern Europe and China, run chess events for women, from junior to senior level, separately to men. The number of women playing competitive chess at adult level in Scotland is currently significantly less than those of men. However at junior level there is a growing number of girl players and there is a clear challenge for Chess Scotland to develop this talent to international level. At this time, Chess Scotland does not run any women only international events.
Senior Chess

Chess truly is a game that can be played competitively from "cradle to grave" with many GMs and IMs maintaining high level play into their 60s and 70s. Separate senior international events have grown in popularity and Scotland has been well represented in recent years. Scotland's first native born IM Craig Pritchett has been particularly successful. Chess Scotland membership and the grading system captures date of birth on renewal which should assist in establishing eligibility for senior events.

International Calendars
FIDE World Chess Calendar
FIDE listed tournaments

Chess Tournament calendar
ECF Calendar
 
 
Key aspects of Chess Scotland's international organisation

All aspects of Chess Scotland's international involvement are run by a Board headed by International Director Andrew Burnett

Adult selectors - IM Andrew Muir, GM Colin McNab, IM Douglas Bryson. (Update Dec 2013)

Adult selectors (Seniors) - IM Andrew Muir, GM Colin McNab. (Update March 2016)

Chess Scotland's selection policy for adults - click here for details

Chess Scotland's guidance notes on which players can represent Scotland - click here for details.

Selection News Latest:

Selection News: Latest

Junior Selection News: Latest

Olympiad

The Olympiad Site: This impressive Polish based site aims to have the result of every Olympiad game ever played.

Scotland at the 2016 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2014 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2012 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2010 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2008 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2006 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2004 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2002 Olympiad

Scotland at the 2000 Olympiad

Scotland at the 1998 Olympiad

 

Euro Championship

Euro Team 2015

Euro Team 2013

Euro Team 2011

Euro Team 2009

Euro Team 2007

Euro Team 2005

Euro Team 2003

Euro Team 2001

Euro Team 1999

Links

FIDE


European Chess Union

 

 


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