Weak Chess Countries

Afghanistan has 4 FIDE-titled chess players (3 FIDE masters
and 1 Candidate Master). The country is
ranked 140^{th} out of 163 chess federations. Chess was banned in Afghanistan from 1996 to
2000 by the Taliban. It was the only
place in the world that chess was illegal.
Afghanistan first played in a Chess Olympiad in 1996, but did not
participate in 2000 or 2010. In the 1996
Chess Olympiad in Yerevan, the Afghanistan team showed up after the 7th round
and still played. Afghanistan joined
FIDE in 1984.

Angola took last place (81^{st} out of 81) at the
1980 Chess Olympiad. Angola played in
every Chess Olympiad from 1980 to 2012.
Angola has 4 players rated over 2200.
Angola joined FIDE in 1980.

Aruba took 144^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 121^{st} in
the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They took 135^{th}
out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They
took 144^{th} out of 147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. Aruba has 8 FIDE-titled chess players (one
chess master). Aruba is ranked 146^{th}
out of 163 chess federations. Aruba
first participated in a Chess Olympiad in 2002, and has played in each Chess
Olympiad ever since. Aruba joined FIDE
in 2001.

Bahamas has no titled players. They are ranked 157^{th} out of 163
chess federations. The Bahamas has been
affiliated with FIDE since 1974. Their
highest rated player is rated 1850. The
Bahamas participated in the 1974 Chess Olympiad (took 72^{nd} out of
73), but did not take part from 1976 to 1984.
The Bahamas played in the 1986, 1988, and 1990 Chess Olympiads, but have
not participated since then. In 1988, P.
Benevex of the Bahamas played 12 games in the Olympiad and lost all 12 games. The Bahamas joined FIDE in 1974.

Bahrain has 5 titled players, led by Maher Ayyad, rated 2160. They are ranked 155^{th} out of 163
federations. Bahrain first played in a
chess Olympiad in 1982. In 2010, they
took 117^{th} place out of 148.
They did not participate in 2012.
Bahrain joined FIDE in 1982.

Bermuda took 153^{rd} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 141^{st} out
of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They
took 137^{th} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They took 143^{rd} out of 147 in the
2006 Chess Olympiad. Bermuda has 5 titled chess players, led by Richard
Robinson, rated 2082. Bermuda is ranked
136^{th} out of 163 chess federations.
The Bermuda party is one of the highlights of chess Olympiads. Bermuda has been playing in the chess
Olympiads since 1976 and only misses 1998.
Bermuda joined FIDE in 1976.

Botswana took 90^{th} out of 91 at the 1982 Chess
Olympiad. Botswana played in every Chess
Olympiad from 1982 to 2012, except for 1984.
Botswana has two players rated over 2200.

British Virgin Islands (BVI) took 145^{th} out of
147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. They
took last place (65^{th} out of 65) at the 1978 Chess Olympiad. They took last place (73^{rd} out of
73) in the 1974 Chess Olympiad. BVI has
no titled players. BVI first joined FIDE
in 1934. The Virgin Islanders made their
first appearance in a chess Olympiad in 1968. As one team, they played in
the 1968, 1970, and 1972 chess Olympiad. In 1974, the islanders were
represented at the chess Olympiad by two teams, the British Virgin Islands and
the US Virgin Islands. For many years,
player and team captain Bill Hook (1925-2010) represented BVI at the chess
Olympiads. The BVI issued a chess stamp
in Bill Hook’s honor. In 1980 at the Malta Chess Olympiad, John Jarecki played
for the British Virgin Islands at the age of 11.

Brunei has one titled chess player, FIDE Master Yee Soon
Wei, rated 2230. Brunei is ranked 133^{rd}
out of 163 chess federations. Brunei
participated in the chess Olympiads in 1986, 1992, 2000, 2002, and 2006. Brunei joined FIDE in 1980.

Burundi took last place (156^{th} out of 156) in the
2012 Chess Olympiad. As a team, they did
not win a single match. They won 3
games, drew 1 game, and lost 40 games.
Their highest rated player, Yves Ndikumana was rated 2088. One team player lost all 11 games that he
played. Another team player lost all 10
games that he played. Burundi first
appeared at the 2010 Chess Olympiad, where they took 145^{th} out of
148.

Cameroon took 137^{th} out of 148 at the 2010 Chess
Olympiad, the only chess Olympiad it has ever played in. Cameroon has one titled chess player
(Benjamin Didier Banlock, rated 2054).
Cameroon is ranked 125^{th} out of 163 chess federations.

Cyprus has 5 titled chess players. Cyprus is ranked 121^{st} out of 163
chess federations. In 1910 the Cyprus
Chess Association was founded and the first Cyprus chess championship took
place. In 1962 Cyprus scored the worst score of any Chess Olympiad team,
with only 3 points. It took 37^{th} place out of 37. At Varna the team went 0 for 20 and one of
their players, Ioannidis also went 0 for 20. Their team only won 2 games,
drew 2 games, and lost 76 games. In 1964 at the Tel Aviv Olympiad,
Ionnidis lost all his games (4) and Cyprus, again, took last place (50^{th}
out of 50), drawing 1 and losing 13. Their team won 5 games, drew 4
games, and lost 47 games. Cyprus has
played in every chess Olympiad from 1962 to the present, except for 1976 and
1978. They took 118^{th} out of
156 in the 2012 chess Olympiad in Istanbul.
Cyprus joined FIDE in 1961.

Fiji took 147^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 143^{rd} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They
took 139^{th} out of 147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. Fiji
played in the chess Olympiads in 1986-1994, 2004-2008, and 2012. Fiji has 11 FIDE-titled chess players. They are ranked 148^{th} out of 163
chess federations. The Fiji Chess
Federation was formed in 1979 and joined FIDE in 1982.

Gabon took 142^{nd} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess
Olympiad, the only chess Olympiad they have entered. They only had three players. There are no Gabon titled chess players. Gabon joined FIDE in 2007, but is no longer a
member of FIDE.

Ghana took 146^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 140^{th} out
of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They
took 140^{th} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. Ghana has 1 titled chess player. Ghana is ranked 138^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Ghana first played in
a chess Olympiad in 1986 (95^{th} out of 108 teams). They did not play again until 2008, and
participated in the 2010 and 2012 chess Olympiads. Ghana joined FIDE in 1990.

Guam has no titled players, with an average rating of 1671
for the players of that island. It is
ranks 161^{st} out of 163 chess federations. I directed the first USCF-rated tournament in
Guam in 1974 when I was an Air Force Staff Sergeant assigned to Guam. The Guam Chess Federation (Guam Echecs) was
formed and joined FIDE in 2010. Guam
will be sending a chess team to the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. This will be the first participation of Guam
in a Chess Olympiad.

Guernsey has 5 titled chess players. They are ranked 145^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Guernsey joined Jersey and participated in the Chess
Olympiads from 1982 to 1994. Guernsey
played in the Chess Olympiads as its own chess federation from 1970-1976, 1980,
and 1996 to 2012. In the 1982 Chess
Olympiad in Lucerne, the oldest player was Ron Blow
of Guernsey, age 74. Guernsey joined
FIDE in 1969 and 1995.

Guyana has no FIDE-titled chess players. They are ranked 149^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Guyana participated
in the 1978 and 1980 Chess Olympiads.
Guyana joined FIDE in 1975.

Haiti took 136^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 139^{th} out
of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. Haiti
participated in the Chess Olympiads in 1986-1990, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2010, and
2012. They missed the 2008 Chess
Olympiad due to hurricanes that ravaged the island. There are no titled players from Haiti. Haiti joined FIDE in 1985.

Honduras took 128^{th} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess
Olympiad. Honduras has played in every
Chess Olympiad since 1976, except for 1978, 1980, and 1992. Honduras has 5 players rated over 2200. Honduras joined FIDE in 1975.

Hong Kong took 132^{nd} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess
Olympiad. Hong Kong has 11 titled chess
players. Hong Kong is ranked 126^{th}
out of 163 chess federations. The Hong
Kong Chess Federation was founded in 1960 and joined FIDE in 1961. Hong Kong has participated in the Chess
Olympiads from 1966 to the present, except for 1998. The Hong Kong team in the 1974 Students'
Chess Olympiad consisted of five brothers aged 8 to 18. In 1990 the Hong Kong
Olympiad team consisted of four players from four different countries.

Jersey has 5 titled chess players. Jersey is ranked 135^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Jersey combined with
Guernsey participated in the Chess Olympiads from 1982 to 1994. Jersey participated in the Chess Olympiads as
a separate chess federation from 1996 to 2012.

Kenya took 139^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 131^{st} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They
took last place (108^{th} out of 108) at the 1990 chess Olympiad. Kenya has 7 titled chess players. Kenya is ranked 120^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Kenya played in the
Chess Olympiad from 1980-1992, and from 1998-2012.

Kuwait took 143^{rd} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad, its first time playing in a Chess Olympiad. Kuwait has 2 titled chess players. Kuwait is ranked 143^{rd} out of 163
chess federations.

Liechtenstein took 139^{th} out of 146 in the 2008
Chess Olympiad. Liechtenstein has 4
titled chess players. Liechtenstein is
ranked 128^{th} out of 163 chess federations. Liechtenstein played in every Chess Olympiad
from 1988 to 2012, except for 1998 and 2010.

Lesotho has no FIDE titled chess player and is the lowest
rated country, with an average rating of 1562.
Its highest rated player, Klaas Tokeli, is rated1622. It is ranked as the 163^{rd} out of
163 chess federations.

Macau took 133^{rd} out of 148 in the 2010 Chess
Olympiad. They took 134^{th} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. Macau
has 6 FIDE-titled players. Macau has
played in every chess Olympiad since 1994.
They are ranked 159^{th} out of 163 chess federations.

Madagascar played in the 2008 and 2010 Chess Olympiads. They took 135^{th} out of 148 in the
2010 Chess Olympiad. They took 145^{th}
out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. In
2008, one of its players lost all 10 of his games. Madagascar has one International Master and 6
titled chess players. Madagascar is
ranked 127^{th} out of 163 chess federations.

Malawi took 138^{th} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess
Olympiad. They took 140^{th} out
of 147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. Malawi has 3 titled chess players. They are ranked 144^{th} out of 163
chess federations. Malawi has played in
the Chess Olympiads from 2006 to 2012.

Maldives (the smallest country in Asia) has 4 FIDE titled
players, with an average rating of 1658 for the players of that country. It is ranked 162^{nd} out of 163
chess federations. It played in its
first Chess Olympiad in 2012 and took 127^{th} out of 156 teams.

Mauritania took 142nd out of 156 in the 2012 Chess Olympiad. They took 131^{st} out of 148 in the
2010 Chess Olympiad. Mauritania played
in the Chess Olympiads in 1978, 1986, 1988, 2010, and 2012.

Mauritius took 137^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 129^{th} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They
have 3 titled players. They are ranked
151^{st} out of 163 chess federations.
Mauritius played in every chess Olympiad from 1986 to 2012, except for
1998.

Malta took 141^{st} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. Malta has played in the Chess
Olympiads in 1960, then from 1970 to 2012, except for 1976 and 1978. The first recorded chess game in Malta was in
1880. Leone Benjacar
wrote chess articles for the* Daily Malta Chronicle* in 1880 and created
the Malta Chess Club. The Maltese Chess
Association was formed in 1923. The
first official chess championship occurred in Malta in 1925, won by Oscar Serracino-Inglott.
Malta joined FIDE in 1959 and played in the Chess Olympiad in 1960.

Mozambique took 134^{th} out of 148 in the 2010
Chess Olympiad. Mozambique has 6 titled
chess players. Mozambique played in
Chess Olympiads in 1996 and 2006-2012. Mozambique
is ranked 141^{st} out of 163 chess federations.

Namibia took 138^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. Namibia participated in Chess
Olympiads in 1994 and 1998-2012.

Nepal has 8 titled chess players. Nepal has played in the Chess Olympiads from
2004 through 2012. Nepal is ranked 124^{th}
out of 163 chess federations.

Netherland Antilles took 136^{th} out of 148 in the
2010 Chess Olympiad. They took last
place (48^{th} out of 48) in the 1976 Chess Olympiad. They have 6 titled players. Netherland Antilles has played in the chess
Olympiads in 1974, 1976, and 1986-2012. They
are ranked 152^{nd} out of 163 chess federations.

Oman has no titled chess player. Oman only played in the 1976 Tripoli “Against
Chess Olympiad,” where it took 33^{rd} out of 34 teams. Oman is ranked 130^{th} out of 163
chess federations. It joined FIDE in
2014.

Pakistan has two International Masters (Mahmood Lodhi and
Shahzad Mirza) and 5 FIDE-titled players.
It has played in the Chess Olympiads in 1974, 1980-1992, 2000, and
2004-2012. Pakistan is ranked 154^{th}
out of 163 chess federations.

Palau took 154^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad, its first time playing in a Chess Olympiad. Its men’s team had a woman, Elizabeth
Manuel, who lost all 11 of her games. Palau
has one titled player. They are ranked
153^{rd} out of 163 chess federations.

Palestine has one International Master and 5 titled
players. Palestine is ranked 119^{th}
out of 163 chess federations. Palestine
played in Chess Olympiads from 1984 to 2012, except for 1990 and 1996. They took last place (88^{th} out of
88) in the 1984 Chess Olympiad.

Papua New Guinea took 143^{rd} out of 148 in the
2010 Chess Olympiad. They took 133^{rd}
out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They
took 141^{st} out of 147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. Papua New Guinea played in Chess Olympiads in
1976, 1980-1986, 1992, and 2000-2102. Papua
New Guinea has 5 titled chess players.
They are ranked 137^{th} out of 163 chess federations.

Qatar has three Grandmasters (Mohammed Al-Modiahki, Mohammed
Al-Sayed, and Zhu Chen), one International Master, and 11 titled chess
players. Qatar has played in Chess
Olympiads from 1986 to 2012, except for 2004.
Qatar is ranked 123^{rd} out of 163 chess federations.

Rwanda took 155^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 146^{th} out
of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They
took last place (146^{th} out of 146) in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They took 146^{th} out of 147 in the
2006 Chess Olympiad. Rwanda took last
place (126^{th} out of 126) at the 2000 Chess Olympiad. Rwanda has played in the Chess Olympiads from
2000 to 2012. Rwanda has one titled
player. They are ranked 150^{th}
out of 163 chess federations.

San Marino took 148^{th} out of 156 in the 2012
Chess Olympiad. They took 144^{th}
out of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. San
Marino has played in chess Olympiads from 1984 to 2012. San Marino has 6 titled chess players. San Marino is ranked 132^{nd} out of
163 chess federations.

Sao Tome e Principe played in the last two chess
Olympiads. Sao Tome e Principe took 150^{th}
out of 156 in the 2012 Chess Olympiad.
They took 138^{th} out of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They have no title players. They are ranked 158^{th} out of 163
chess federations.

Saudi Arabia has no titled chess players. They are ranked 142^{nd} out of 163
chess federationsSenegal has no titled chess
player. Senegal is ranked 129^{th}
out of 163 chess federations. Senegal
has played in the Chess Olympiads in 1982, 1986, 1988, and 2010. Senegal has no titled players.

Seychelles took last place (148^{th} out of 148) in
the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They only won
two matches with 7 wins, 5 draws, and 32 losses. Their highest rated player was Benjamin
Hoareau at 2026, the only titled chess player in Seychelles. Seychelles took 144^{th} out of 146
in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. Seychelles
took last place (128^{th} out of 128) in the 2004 Chess Olympiad. They took last place (102^{nd} out of
102) at the 1992 Chess Olympiad.
Seychelles took last place (107^{th} out of 107) at the 1988
Chess Olympiad. Seychelles took last
place (108^{th} out of 108) in the 1986 chess Olympiad. In 1986 their players lost 12 out of 14 games,
11 out of 14 games, 13 out of 14 games, and 13 out of 14 games. They lost 49 out of 56 games, scoring only 5
points. Seychelles has played in Chess
Olympiads in 1986, 1988, 1992-2000, and 2004-2010. Seychelles is ranked 134^{th} out of
163 chess federations.

Sierra Leone played in the last two Chess Olympiads. Sierra Leone took 149^{th} out of 156
in the 2012 Chess Olympiad. They took
142^{nd} out of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad.

Solomon Islands have no titled chess players. It is ranked 160^{th} out of 163
chess federations. It became a member of
FIDE in 2008.

Somalia took last place (34^{th} out of 34) in the
1976 “Against Chess Olympiad” in Tripoli.
Somalia played in the 2002 Chess Olympiad, where it took 128^{th}
place out of 134 chess federations.
Somalia has no titled chess players.

South Korea has one Grandmaster (Alexey Kim), 1
International Master (Jose Camacho Collados), and 12 titled chess players. South Korea is ranked 118^{th} out of
163 chess federations. They took 142^{nd}
out of 147 in the 2006 Chess Olympiad.
South Korea has played in Chess Olympiads from 2006 to 2012. South Korea was admitted as a FIDE member in
1994.

Sudan has one International Master (Omar Eltigani) and 8
titled chess players. Sudan is ranked
122^{nd} out of 163 chess federations.
Sudan has played in Chess Olympiads in 1986-1990, 1994, 2006, and
2012.

Surinam took 132^{nd} out of 148 in the 2010 Chess
Olympiad. They took 130^{th} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. In
the 1982 chess Olympiad, 12 year-old Kien Tjing-Joe played for Surinam. Surinam has played in Chess Olympiads in
1982, 1984, 1988, and 2000-2012. Surinam
has 11 titled chess players. Surinam is
ranked 131^{st} out of 163 chess federations

Taipei took 140^{th} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad. They took 136^{th} out
of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. Taipei
has played in Chess Olympiads from 2006 to 2012. Taipei has 4 titled players. They are ranked 156^{th} out of 163
federations. Chinese Taipei joined FIDE
in 2004.

Togo took 152^{nd} out of 156 in the 2012 Chess
Olympiad, its first Chess Olympiad. Two
players lost 9 out of 10 games. Togo has
no titled chess player. They are ranked
147^{th} out of 163 chess federations.
Togo joined FIDE in 2012.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) took 64^{th} out of 65 at
the 1978 Chess Olympiad. The UAE has
played in the Chess Olympiads from 1978 to 2101, except for 2004. The UAE Chess Federation was established in
1976. The UAE joined FIDE in 1977.

U.S. Virgin Islands took 145^{th} out of 156 in the
2012 Chess Olympiad. They took 147^{th}
out of 148 in the 2010 Chess Olympiad.
They took 141^{st} out of 146 in the 2008 Chess Olympiad. They took last place (147^{th} out of
147) in the 2006 Chess Olympiad. They
took last place (134^{th} out of 134) in the 2002 chess Olympiad. They took last place (110^{th} out of
110) at the 1998 Chess Olympiad. They
took last place (114^{th} out of 114) in the 1996 Chess Olympiad. They took last place (124^{th} out of
124) at the 1994 Chess Olympiad. The
U.S. Virgin Islands have played in Chess Olympiads from 1974 to 2012, except
for 1986. The U.S. Virgin Islands first
joined FIDE in 1966.

Zambia took last place (91^{st} out of 91) at the
1982 Chess Olympiad. Zambia played in
the Chess Olympiads in 1982, 1986-1990, 1994, 2000, 2002, and 2006-2012. Zambia has 4 International Masters.

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