Chess Olympiad: History of Open Section

In 2018, the 43rd World Chess Olympiad is taking place. Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament organised by FIDE since 1927 in London. Before that in 1924 the first unofficial Chess Olympiad was held at Paris, that hosted the Olympics also at the same time. Since 1950, Olympiad has been organised regularly after two years. 10 countries have won Gold medals while 22 countries have won medals, with India being the latest entrant in 2014 Olympiad when they won a Bronze in Open Section.

Daily Results: Women’s Section, Open Section
History of Chess Olympiad Women’s Section
Indian Results: 2016 , 2018

Chess Olympiad Facts

    Before 2nd World War, 8 official and three unofficial Chess Olympiads were held.
    Unofficial Olympiads: 1924, 1926 and 1937
    8 official Olympiads before 2nd World War: 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1939.
    0 Olympiad medals for Soviet Union in 1st 9 Official Olympiads of Open Section.
    12 Consecutive Gold for Soviet Union from 1952-1974 Olympiad, the longest reign by one nation.
    19 medals each for Soviet Union and USA.

Winners by Numbers in Open:

    18: Soviet Union (1952-1974, 1980-1990)
    6: Russia (1992-2002)
    6: USA (1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1976, 2016)
    3: Hungary (1927, 1928, 1978), Armenia (2006, 2008, 2012)
    2: Ukraine: (2004, 2010)
    1: Poland (1930), Germany (1939), Yugoslavia (195), El Salvador (1976), China (2014)

Medals in Open (Gold=G, Silver=S, Bronze=B)

    19: Russia (18G, 1S, 1B), USA (6G, 5S, 9B)
    12: Hungary (3G, 7S, 2B), Yugoslavia (1G, 6S, 5B)
    10: Russia (6G, 3S, 1B)
    6: Armenia (3G, 3B), Ukraine (2G, 12, 3B), Poland (1G, 2S, 3B), England (3S, 3B)
    5 Germany (1G, 1S, 3B), Argentina (3S, 2B)
    3 Czechoslovakia (2S, 1B)
    2 Netherlands (1S, 1B), Sweden (1S, 1B), Israel (1S, 1B)
    1 Bosnia and Herzegovina (1S), Denmark (1S), Uzbekistan (1S), Bulgaria (1B), Estonia (1B), India (1B)

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