FIDE Country Codes (3-alpha)

Here are the FIDE 3-letter country codes, as best I can determine them (see bottom for corrections): Here is a list of 181 countries that FIDE is currently using, as extracted from the 445013 players in their latest rating list… (there is actually 182 entries, but FID=FIDE isn’t a country):   AFG   Afghanistan   AHO  …

FIDE Immigration Patterns (and “Country Codes”)

As I said earlier, since the FIDE country codes (or Federation codes, more exactly) are embedded in a player’s FIDE ID, and since that ID typically follows players as they relocate throughout the world, the FIDE code can be used to explore both immigration and emigration patterns of FIDE players. Now, I really should write…

Spassky – The Hippie Days

<Tabanus> was researching a tournament held in Geneva, 1977 at the Hotel Mediterranean (l’Hôtel Méditerranée). Finding pictures of the hotel, or even its address, is proving difficult. But I did manage to find a B&W picture of the interior of a earlier 1977 game between Spassky–Portisch. As one can see, Spassky was letting his hair…

Groningen 1946

Doing an image search for “Groningen 1946 tournament” on Google I came across the following, just beneath the Botswana Chess Federation and Mega ChessBase 2013 images: (Leningrad, 1964) How Google managed to find this, I’ve no idea!  (Imagine, eight Russians gathered together, and not a chessboard in sight!) But inspired by the warmer weather, and…