April 11, 2011
La Federation Libanese des Echecs is a member of FIDE since 1957. The first records of chess were found at the end of the 19th century. The first international event was organized in 1966. The first official Lebanese championship took place in 1953 and the first women’s championship in 1994.
The country was awarded the Golden Diploma of Achievement by FIDE for the high number of international tournaments (19) organized from 1999 until 2003.
Lebanon has participated in 20 Olympiads since 1958 and collected one individual bronze medal (Loheac-Ammoun in 1984). Its best achievement was thirty-sixth in 1958.
Lebanon has hosted the Arab Championship in 1995, the Asian Cities Team Championship in 2000, Mediterranean Championships in 2003, the Fourth Arab Festival and the Eleventh Asian Women Championship in 2004, Asian Championship 2009.
The last national championship winners were: 2004 F. Khairallah, 2005 Knarik Moradian, 2007 Ahmad Najjar, 2008 F. Khairallah, 2009 Fadi Eid and 2010 Nissim Sakr .