May 22, 2011
The Chess Federation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia issued of the breakaway of Yugoslavia joint FIDE in 1993. The national team has participated in all Olympiads since 1994 (even in the one under the FIDE flag) and was invited to play the World Team Championship 2001, in which it finished in eighth position. Nikola Mitkov was the first ever Grandmaster.
Skopje hosted the 1972 Olympiad and Ohrid the 2001 European Individual Championship and the 2010 European Club Cup.
In 2011, FYROM was ranked 51st among the countries (2460) with eight IGMs, eleven IMs and a total of forty-five titled players.
The last national champions were: 2001 Zvonko Stanojoski and Vanko Stamenkov, 2002 Nikola Mitkov, 2003 Vladimir Georgiev, 2005 Dragan Jacimovic, 2006 Dejan Stanojoski, 2007 Dejan Stanojoski, 2008 Riste Menkinoski and 2009 Vlatko Bodganovsky, 2010 Filip Pancevsky, 2011 Trajko Nedved.