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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.
Scotland has over 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 six Grandmasters (GMs) Keti Grant, Colin McNab, Paul Motwani, Jonathan Rowson, John Shaw, Jacob Aagaard.
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.
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.
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.
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:
* 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.
Check out the International News section for the latest news on selection.
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.