October 17, 2011
Singapore has chess records since 1912 with a match between the Singapore Chess Club and the Singapore Chinese Recreation Club.
The Singapore Chess Federation was established in 1961, but the first championship was already organised by the Singapore Chess Club in 1949. The first champion was K.A. Lim.
The national team has participated in 19 Olympiads since 1968 with its best achievement being the thirty-third place in 1986. The major victory in international competition was the Asian Cities in 1979.
The country has hosted the Asian Team Championships in 1979, 1987 and 1995, Asian Rapid Chess 1988, the World Girls U20 in 1990 and many Asean championships.
By 2011, Singapore had 81 rated players, 3 IGMs, 12 IMs and 37 other titled players.
The best players are IGM Wu, Shaobin, IGM Zhang, Zong and FM Goh Koon-Jong, Jason.
At the present, the Singapore CF is putting much effort in promoting chess among children by setting up a chess academy with foreign and experienced coaches and organising annual Internet school championships and other youth events.
Since 1978 Singapore is very well represented inside FIDE. Lim Kok Aan and Ignatius Leong, two players from the national team, worked for many years as FIDE General Secretary.
The national champions were:
1949 Lim Kok Ann, 1950 P Aherne, 1951 R W Borsodi, 1952 J C Hickey, 1953 Tay Kheng Hong, 1954 D B Pritchard, 1955 D B Pritchard, 1956 Low Seow Meng, 1957 J C Hickey & Tay Kheng Hong, 1958 J C Hickey, 1959 Tan Lian Ann, 1960 Lim Kok Ann, 1961 Tan Lian Seng, 1962 Tan Lian Ann, 1963 Tan Lian Seng, 1964 Tan Lian Ann, 1965 Tan Lian Ann, 1966 Tan Lian Seng, 1967 Tan Lian Ann, 1968 1969 Tan Lian Ann, 1970 Oey Liang Hien, 1971 Pang Kwok Leong, Tan Lian Ann, 1972 Giam Choo Kwee, 1973 Giam Choo Kwee, 1974 Pang Kwok Leong, 1975 Lim Seng Hoo, 1976 Lim Seng Hoo, 1977 Lim Seng Hoo, 1978 Lim Seng Hoo, 1979 Leslie Leow, 1980 Tan Lian Ann, 1981 Tan Lian Ann, 1982 Tan Lian Ann, 1983 Tan Lian Ann, 1984 Leslie Leow, 1985 Wong Meng Leong, 1986 Wong Meng Kong, 1987 Derrick Heng, 1988 Wong Foong Yin, 1989 Wong Meng Kong, 1990 Wong Meng Kong, 1991 Wong Meng Kong, 1992 Hsu Li Yang, 1993 Hsu Li Yang, 1994 Tan Tzer En, 1995 Terry Toh, 1996 Lau Keng Boon, 1997 Gregory Choong, 1998 Mark Chan, 1999 Chan Peng Kong, 2000 Kek Wei Chuan, 2001 Koh Kum Hong, 2002 Luke Leong, 2003 Wu Shaobin, 2004 Jason Goh, 2005 Wu Shaobin, 2006 Goh Weiming, 2007 Goh Weiming, 2008 Goh Weiming, 2009 Goh Weiming, 2010 Daniel Chan, 2011 Timothy Chan.