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Bassem Amin
B Amin 
Bassem Amin, World Junior Chess Championship, Gaziantep 2008.
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Number of games in database: 890
Years covered: 1998 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2686 (2608 rapid, 2618 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700
Overall record: +211 -121 =203 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 355 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (205) 
 Sicilian (68) 
    B31 B30 B50 B51 B90
 Reti System (37) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Giuoco Piano (31) 
    C50 C53
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C77 C67 C84 C86 C72
 French Defense (18) 
    C00 C02
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (99) 
    C95 C78 C77 C80 C91
 King's Indian (72) 
    E71 E92 E63 E70 E73
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (45) 
    C95 C91 C84 C94 C97
 Bogo Indian (31) 
 Dutch Defense (30) 
    A97 A96 A99 A91 A90
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    E00 A46 A40 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Amin vs T Batchuluun, 2001 1-0
   B Amin vs I H Labib, 2001 1-0
   T Engqvist vs B Amin, 2022 0-1
   B Al Qudaimi vs B Amin, 2014 0-1
   B Amin vs G Gajewski, 2013 1-0
   B Amin vs G Salem, 2010 1-0
   R Kozlov vs B Amin, 2006 0-1
   B Amin vs A Scetinin, 2001 1-0
   B Amin vs A Adly, 2003 1-0
   B Amin vs Carlsen, 2019 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Belt and Road Hunan Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   37th European Chess Club Cup (2022)
   Ramadan Master Open (2010)
   Wch U18 (2005)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ataque Indio do Rei by Gerareis
   armandon's Marshall Attack by armandon
   Games for Beginner-Intermediate Analysis by mmkstarr

   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   B Amin vs N Grandelius (Aug-07-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   N Grandelius vs B Amin (Aug-07-23) 1-0, rapid
   B Amin vs N Grandelius (Aug-06-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Grandelius vs B Amin (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2
   B Amin vs C Albornoz Cabrera (Aug-04-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Sep-09-1988, 35 years old) Egypt

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FIDE Master (1999); International Master (2004); Grandmaster (2006); FIDE Trainer (2015); Arab U14 Champion (2002); African U20 Champion (2004 & 2005); Arab U20 Champion (2005, 2006 and 2007); Arab champion (2005, 2006 and 2013); African Champion (2009, 2013 & 2015).


Bassem Amin is one of Egypt's and Africa's prodigies, becoming its youngest grandmaster in 2006. He has a creative attacking style of play, excels at championships and team play, and has been Africa's number one player for some years.

Master awards and norms

<FIDE Master award> Bassem Amin gained his FIDE title when he won the Arab U12 Championship in 1999 (but see below in <Youth> section).

<International Master title> He won his IM title by direct award at the age of 15 years 3 months and 29 days when he won the African Junior Championship on 7 January 2004. (1)

<Grandmaster norms> (2) He won his GM norms at the Arab Championship of 2005, the Arab U20 Championship of 2005 and at the African Junior Championship of 2005 (3). He gained his GM title when his rating reached 2500 on 29 August 2006, at the age of 17 years 11 months and 20 days.


<Youth> Bassem was the Arab U10, U12 and U14 (twice) champion (4), probably gaining his FM title for winning the Arab U12 Championship. (5) He played in the World U10 Championship in 1997 and 1998, scoring 7.5/11 in the latter and placing =7th, 1.5 points behind the winner Evgeny Romanov. (6) Contested the Arab U14 championship in 1998 when he was ten years old, placing 8th. (7) He also played in the World U12 Championship of 1999, albeit without troubling the leader board. (8) His results improved significantly the following year when the World U12 Championship 2000 was staged in Oropesa del Mar. There he scored 7.5/11 to place =4th, 1.5 points behind Deep Sengupta and a point behind the joint runners-up Laszlo Gonda and Ante Brkic, all of whom went on to become grandmasters. (9)

He played in the Arab U16 Championship in Beirut in 2000, and was the probable runner up to Hossein Mohamed. (10) He also participated in the World U14 Championship in Oropesa del Mar in October-November 2001, but on this occasion did not figure amongst the leaders. (11) In August 2002, Amin won the Arab U14 Championship. (12) He also played in the World U14 Championship played in November 2002 and staged in Heraklio in Greece, scoring 7/11, 2 points less than that of the winner Luka Lenic, placing =12th. The following year, in October-November 2003, Amin played in the World U16 Championship in Greece, his 7.5/11 being sufficient to place him =6th in the event.

Amin also played in the World U16 Championship in 2004 and on this occasion he was runner-up to Maxim Rodshtein. In July 2005, he competed in the World U18 Championship at Belfort, scoring 7.5/11 and placing =5th, a point behind the co-leaders Ildar Khairullin and Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and half a point behind the joint 3rd place getters Mark Bluvshtein and Evgeny Tomashevsky. In October 2006, he competed in the World U18 Championship in Georgia, scoring 7.5/11 and placing =3rd alongside Markus Ragger and Maxim Rodshtein, and behind the winner Arik Braun and runner-up Hrant Melkumyan.

<Junior> Amin played in Lusaka, Zambia in the African Junior (U20) Championship in 2001 (aged 13), but the final result is unclear. In June 2003, he took part in the 13th Arab Boys (U20) Championship and was runner up with 7.5/9 to the winner bad player ID. In December 2003-January 2004, he played in and won the African U20 Boys Championship at the age of 15, also winning his IM title for this achievement. In November 2005 he won the Arab Junior (U20) Championship, staged in Jordan, for the first time, gaining his 2nd GM norm for his result. He reprised his victory at the African Junior Championship in December 2005 in Botswana when he was 17, thereby notching his 3rd GM norm. In July 2006 in Morocco he won the Arab Junior Championship for the second time with the perfect score of 7/7. The following year in August 2007, he won the Arab Junior Championship for the third time, this time with a score of 8.5/9. He was =3rd at the World Junior Championship (2008) behind Abhijeet Gupta and Parimarjan Negi.

<University> In July 2013, he scored 6/9 at the 27th World Summer Universiade staged in Russia, placing =10th, half a point behind the event's nine joint leaders (ultimately won be Wesley So).

<Cities> Amin played for the city of El-Giza at the Arab Cities championship in 2007, winning team gold with three team members, including himself, making perfect scores.

<National> He first participated in the Egyptian Championship in January 2003 at the age of 14, scoring 6/11 and placing =5th, two points behind the winner Essam El Gindy, and a point behind the joint 2nd place getters Ahmed Adly, Imed Abdelnabbi and Khaled Abdel Razik. He did not participate in another national championship until 2009 when he placed =2nd behind Ahmed Adly.

<Regional and Continental> Amin won the Arab Championship that was played in the UAE in September 2005, earning his first GM norm for his result. He repeated this result in 2006 (having by now earned his 3rd GM norm). He then played in the African Individual Championship of 2007, placing =2nd to Robert Gwaze, his placement qualifying him to play at the World Cup 2007 (see below). He won the African Individual Championships of 2009 (qualifying him for the World Cup 2009), 2013 (ditto the World Cup 2013) and 2015 (ditto the World Cup 2015). In December 2013, he won the Arab Championships with an almost clean sweep of the field, scoring 8.5/9 at the event that was staged in Abu Dhabi. In September 2014, Amin won the 9th Mediterranean Championship 2014 staged in Chania in Greece, scoring 7.5/9 and winning on tiebreak from Vasilios Kotronias.

<World> Amin qualified for the World Cups of 2007, 2009 and 2013 through his results at the African Continental Championships (see above), but bowed out in the first round of each event to Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Vladimir Malakhov and Eltaj Safarli respectively, the last mentioned in a bitterly fought pair of tiebreakers. He qualified for the World Cup (2015) by winning the African Continental Championship of 2015, on this occasion improving on his previous performances by defeating the higher rated Croatian GM Ivan Saric to progress through to the second round where he lost to Dmitry Jakovenko in the first rapid game tiebreaker to be eliminated from the tournament.

NB: In December 2014, Amin finished first in what was billed as the Zonal 4.2, however, he did not qualify for the World Cup 2015 from this event but from winning the African Championship 2015, while Arthur Ssegwanyi qualified for the World Cup via winning Zonal 4.2 in 2015. (13)


<2001-2006> 12 year old Amin played in the Golden Cleopatra Closed tournament in Cairo in May 2001, and although he scored only 4/10, his result included a win against IM Khaled Mahdy. In July 2002, he was runner-up by a point with 5.5/7 to IM Sayed Barakat Hassan at the Zakazit Open in Egypt. His 4.5/6 against FIDE rated players at the Mahalla Open in July 2002 added 36 points to his rating and began his rapid climb up the rating ladder. In March 2003, he scored 5.5/10 at the 10th 'Anibal' International Open, which although a couple of points from the lead in this powerful field, added over 25 points to the 14 year-old's rating. Amin's 15th birthday was in the middle of the category 9 1st Misr Closed tournament, in which he scored =2nd behind Ahmed Adly. In August-September 2006, He was either first or second at the 5th Alsaleh International Open Championship in late 2006. (14)

<2007-2014> Amin's best tournament result to date was winning the Abu Dhabi Masters in August 2007 on tiebreak ahead of Ashot Anastasian and ahead of many other talented grandmasters, including Karen Asrian, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Humpy Koneru, Levan Pantsulaia, Denis Khismatullin, Baadur Jobava and others. (15) Another strong result was at the powerful Cappelle la Grande (2010) where he scored 7/9 to finish =2nd, a half point behind Yaroslav Zherebukh. In August 2010, he won the 6th Assiut Open 2010 in Egypt, 1.5 points clear of 2nd placed Mokliss El Adnani. In February 2012, he was =1st with 7/9 (2nd on tiebreak behind David Arutinian) at the 11th Rochefort Open in France. In March 2013, he was =1st (3rd on tiebreak behind Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So respectively) with 8/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2013). Several months later in June, Amin was =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Mohamad Al-Modiahki) at the 2nd Arab Elite Championships 2013 staged in the UAE.

<2014-2015> In June 2015, Amin was =2nd behind Mohammed Al-Sayed at the Arab Chess Tournament 2015 staged in the UAE. In July-August 2015, he won the Mahalla Open with 8/9.

Team events (16)

<Olympiads> Bassem Amin has represented Egypt in four Olympiads to date, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, playing on board 2 in 2008 and 2010, and top board in 2012 and 2014. His game tally for these four events was 42 games for 29.5 points (+24 =11 -7 (70.2%)).

<World Team Championships> He also represented Egypt for Africa at four World Team Championships, those having been held in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. He played on board 2 in 2010 and 2011, board 4 in 2013 and board 1 in 2015. Game tally was 34 games for 12.5 points (+5 =15 -14 (36.8%)). The best team result in this period was 9th in 2010, finishing ahead of Turkey.

<All-Africa Games> Amin played in the 2007 continental team championship and playing for Egypt on board two won team and individual gold. He played 8 games for 7.5 points (+8 =1).

<Pan-Arab Games> He played board 2 for Egypt in the 2007 and 2011 Games, helping his team to gold on both occasions, and winning individual gold in 2011.

<Regional and Continental Leagues> Amin played for Egypt's Eastern Company Al-Sharkia club in 2006, 2010 and 2013 and for his country's El-Dakhlia team in 2009 in the Arab Club Championships of those years. He helped the Al-Sharkia club to team gold in 2006 and 2013, winning individual gold on both occasions (for board four and board one respectively. He helped the El-Dakhlia team to silver and won individual bronze (board two). In 2010, he team placed fourth but he won individual gold for board one.

He played board 4 for the UAE's Al-Ain Chess Club "B" club in the inaugural Asian Club Cup staged in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2008. In 2010, he played top board for the Egyptian team El-Dakhlia at the inaugural African Club Championship, leading his team to gold and winning individual silver. He also played top board for the French team CE de Bois Colombes in the European Club Cup (2014).

<National Leagues> Amin has been playing in the Egyptian League since 2001 and played in the Arab League in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He also played in the Icelandic League in 2008 and 2013, the French Top 12 League in 2014, the French Coupe de France - Finale in 2014 and in the Spanish CECLUB League in 2014.

Ratings and Rankings History

Bassem's initial FIDE rating was 2078 in January 1999 when he was ten years old. (17) He crossed into a rating of over 2600 in July 2011, and he has remained rated over 2600 since January 2012. He made it into the world's top 100 ranked players list in November 2013 and remained in the top 100 until March 2014. His peak rating was 2665 in January and February 2014, while his peak ranking was #79 in February 2014. (18)

References and Sources

Most of the data in this bio is extracted from the FIDE database, and is not footnoted, except where otherwise indicated. Sources are otherwise footnoted.

(1); (2) Wikipedia article: Bassem Amin; (3); (4) Mentioned in Wikipedia article: Bassem Amin, but not attributed, although FIDE records his likely win at the 2002 Arab U14 Championship at Another win in this event would need to have been in an earlier year due to the age constraints.; (5) He gained his FIDE Master title in 1999 which is the likely date for his win as Arab U12 champion, given that the U10 championships for which he was eligible were held in 1997 and 1998, and that there is clear evidence of only one Arab U14 championship participation, in 2001.; (6); (7); (8) &; (9); (10) - two games are unaccounted for in this collection, and may have affected the leader board results; (11) &; (12) - the record is incomplete and it is unclear whether Amin won the unreported game, although it is likely to have been a win against an unrated player.; (13) Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2015 and; (14); (15); (16); (17); (18)

Wikipedia article: Bassem Amin

Last updated: 2022-01-12 18:17:30

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 890  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Amin vs E Romanov  0-1531998Wch U10C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. Khusnutdinov vs B Amin  1-0301999Wch U12A15 English
3. A Szieberth vs B Amin  1-0272001Tanta OpenC45 Scotch Game
4. B Amin vs I H Labib 1-0462001Tanta OpenC40 King's Knight Opening
5. R Antoniewski vs B Amin  1-0512001Tanta OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. B Amin vs S Barakat Hassan  ½-½172001Tanta OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
7. E M Abou El Zein vs B Amin  1-0452001Tanta OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. B Amin vs W Sarwat  0-1672001Tanta OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
9. H Sameeh vs B Amin  1-0522001Tanta OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. E Sidorova vs B Amin  ½-½402001Tanta OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. B Amin vs M Elgabry  ½-½62001Tanta OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A I Hamed vs B Amin  ½-½282001Golden Cleopatra OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
13. B Amin vs K Abdel Razik  0-1382001Golden Cleopatra OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. M Georg vs B Amin  ½-½152001Golden Cleopatra OpenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. B Amin vs M Himdan  ½-½542001Golden Cleopatra OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
16. W Sarwat vs B Amin  0-1512001Golden Cleopatra OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
17. K Mahdy vs B Amin  1-0352001Golden Cleopatra OpenC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. B Amin vs A A R Afifi  ½-½372001Golden Cleopatra OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Y M El Ghazali vs B Amin  1-0272001Golden Cleopatra OpenA13 English
20. B Amin vs S Barakat Hassan  ½-½92001Golden Cleopatra OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. B Amin vs Yagupov  0-1442001MTOA07 King's Indian Attack
22. D Kolbus vs B Amin  1-0342001MTOA04 Reti Opening
23. T Roschina vs B Amin 0-1332001MTOC45 Scotch Game
24. B Amin vs F Jenni  0-1492001MTOC77 Ruy Lopez
25. R Musalov vs B Amin  1-0192001MTOC44 King's Pawn Game
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Apr-14-09  timhortons: Bassem amin beat rybka3/transwarp at icc in 15 minute time control

[Event "ICC 15 5"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.04.13"]
[Round "-"]
[White "TransWarp"]
[Black "B-Amin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White checkmated"]
[WhiteElo "2983"]
[BlackElo "2655"]
[Opening "King's Indian, 3.Nf3"]
[ECO "E60"]
[NIC "EO.64"]
[Time "07:37:44"]
[TimeControl "900+5"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. d5 e4 9. Nd4 Re8 10. Rb1 h5 11. Qc2 Nf8 12. h3 N8h7 13. b4 Ng5 14. h4 Ngh7 15. g3 g5 16. Bb2 gxh4 17. c5 Bh3 18. c6 b6 19. Ba6 Re5 20. Rfe1 Qe7 21. Kh2 Ng5 22. Kh1 Ng4 23. Ncb5 Qf6 24. Re2 Nf3 25. Bb7 Rae8 26. a4 Bh6 27. a5 hxg3 28. fxg3 h4 29. Nf5 Qxf5 30. Bxe5 Rxe5 31. Nxd6 Qg6 32. gxh4 Qxd6 33. axb6 axb6 34. Ra1 Kg7 35. Bc8 Qf6 36. Bxg4 Bxg4 37. Rg1 Qxh4+ 38. Rh2 Nxh2 39. Qxh2 Qxh2+ 40. Kxh2 f5 41. Rg3 Rxd5 42. Kg2 Rb5 43. Kf1 Rxb4 44. Ke1 Rc4 45. Kf2 Rxc6 46. Kf1 Kf6 47. Ke1 b5 48. Kd2 b4 49. Rg1 Rc3 50. Rb1 Bxe3+ 51. Ke1 Rc1+ 52. Rxc1 Bxc1 53. Kf1 b3 54. Kg2 c5 55. Kf1 c4 56. Ke1 c3 57. Kf1 b2 58. Kf2 c2 59. Kg2 f4 60. Kh2 e3 61. Kg2 b1=Q 62. Kg1 Bd2+ 63. Kh2 Be1 64. Kg2 c1=Q 65. Kh2 e2 66. Kg1 Bh4+ 67. Kg2 f3+ 68. Kh2 f2 69. Kg2 e1=Q 70. Kh2 Qf4+ 71. Kg2 f1=Q# White checkmated 0-1

final position

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Jun-04-09  timhortons: B amins latest game against transwarp

<i upload as well the pgn of this game in the databse>

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[Event "ICC 2 1"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.05.21"]
[Round "-"]
[White "B-Amin"]
[Black "TransWarp"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by the 50 move rule"]
[WhiteElo "2789"]
[BlackElo "3423"]
[Opening "Petrov: Nimzovich attack"]
[ECO "C42"]
[NIC "RG.03"]
[Time "04:51:08"]
[TimeControl "120+1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Be3 c5 9. c4 Qb6 10. Qc1 Nc6 11. c3 Ne5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. Qc2 f5 14. f3 Bd7 15. O-O-O Rad8 16. Rd2 Be6 17. Rhd1 Qc6 18. Bf1 Rxd2 19. Rxd2 b6 20. b3 a6 21. a4 Qe8 22. Kb2 Qg6 23. Bd3 Bc8 24. Qd1 Qh5 25. Qg1 Rd8 26. Bc2 Rxd2 27. Bxd2 Be6 28. Be3 a5 29. Bd1 Qh4 30. Bf2 Qg5 31. Be3 Qf6 32. Bc2 Bd7 33. Qd1 Bc6 34. Qd2 g6 35. Qf2 Kg7 36. Qd2 Qh4 37. g3 Qf6 38. f4 e4 39. Bd1 Qe6 40. h4 Bf6 41. Be2 Kf7 42. Kc2 Ke7 43. Bd1 Bg7 44. Be2 Bd7 45. Bf1 Kd8 46. Be2 Kc7 47. Bf1 Be8 48. Be2 Bc6 49. Bf1 Bb7 50. Be2 Qf7 51. Bf1 Bc6 52. Be2 Qf6 53. Bf1 Qe6 54. Be2 Kb7 55. Bf1 Qf6 56. Be2 Qe7 57. Bf1 Kc7 58. Be2 Bb7 59. Bf1 Qe8 60. Be2 Qe6 61. Bf1 Qe7 62. Be2 Bc6 63. Bf1 Kb7 64. Be2 Qf6 65. Bf1 Qf7 66. Be2 Bf6 67. Bf1 Qe7 68. Be2 Kc7 69. Bf1 Qe6 70. Be2 Bb7 71. Bf1 Qe8 72. Be2 Qf7 73. Bf1 Qe6 74. Be2 Qe8 75. Bf1 Qe7 76. Be2 Qf8 77. Bf1 Bc6 78. Be2 Qe8 79. Bf1 Qf7 80. Be2 Qe6 81. Bf1 Qc8 82. Be2 Qf8 83. Bf1 Bg7 84. Be2 Qf7 85. Bf1 Be8 86. Be2 Qf6 87. Bf1 Bd7 88. Be2 Qe7 89. Bf1 h6 90. Be2 Bc6 91. Bf1 Kb7 92. Be2 Qe6 93. Bf1 Qf6 94. Be2 Qf7 95. Bf1 Bf6 96. Be2 Qg8 97. Bf1 Qe6 98. Be2 Qf7 99. Bf1 Qe7 100. Be2 Qg7 101. Bf1 Qf8 102. Be2 Qe8 103. Bf1 Kc7 104. Be2 Qf7 105. Bf1 Qe6 106. Be2 Qe8 107. Bf1 Qf8 108. Be2 Qg8 109. Bf1 Qf7 110. Be2 Qg7 111. Bf1 Qe7 112. Be2 Be8 113. Bf1 Qg7 114. Be2 Bd7 115. Bf1 Bc6 116. Be2 Be8 117. Bf1 Qe7 118. Be2 Qf8 119. Bf1 Bd7 120. Be2 Qg8 121. Bf1 Qe8 122. Be2 Bg7 123. Bf1 Bc6 124. Be2 Qf7 125. Bf1 Qe6 126. Be2 Be8 127. Bf1 Qf6 128. Be2 Kb7 129. Bf1 Qe7 130. Be2 Kc7 131. Bf1 Qe6 132. Be2 Qf6 133. Bf1 Bc6 134. Be2 Kb7 135. Bf1 Kb8 136. Be2 Kc7 137. Bf1 Qe7 138. Be2 Qe6 139. Bf1 h5 140. Be2 Bf6 141. Bf1 Kb7 142. Be2 Qe7 143. Bf1 Bg7 144. Be2 Bd7 145. Bf1 Kc7 146. Be2 Bc6 147. Bf1 Bb7 148. Be2 Qf6 149. Bf1 Qe6 150. Be2 Bc6 151. Bf1 Qe7 152. Be2 Kb7 153. Bf1 Bf6 154. Be2 Qf7 155. Bf1 Qf8 156. Be2 Bg7 157. Bf1 Qf6 158. Be2 Qe6 159. Bf1 Qf7 160. Be2 Qf6 161. Bf1 Qe6 162. Be2 Bf6 163. Bf1 Kc7 164. Be2 Qe7 165. Bf1 Kb8 166. Be2 Bb7 167. Bf1 Bg7 168. Be2 Kc7 169. Bf1 Qf6 170. Be2 Kb8 171. Bf1 Bc6 172. Be2 Kc7 173. Bf1 Be8 174. Be2 Bd7 175. Bf1 Bc6 176. Be2 Qf7 177. Bf1 Bh6 178. Be2 Bf8 179. Bf1 Bg7 180. Be2 Bb7 181. Bf1 Qe8 182. Be2 Bc6 183. Bf1 Bf6 184. Be2 Kb7 185. Bd1 Qh8 186. Be2 Qf8 187. Bd1 Qg8 188. Be2 Qd8 189. Bf1 Qxd2+ 190. Kxd2 Bg7 191. Be2 Kc7 192. Bf1 Bb7 193. Be2 Ba8 194. Bf1 Kd7 195. Be2 Ke6 196. Bf1 Bc6 197. Be2 Kd6 198. Bf1 Bf6 199. Be2 Bd7 200. Bf1 Kc7 201. Be2 Kb7 202. Bf1 Be6 203. Be2 Kc6 204. Bf1 Bg8 205. Be2 Bg7 206. Bf1 Kb7 207. Be2 Kc7 208. Bf1 Bh7 209. Be2 Kd6 210. Bf1 Bh8 211. Be2 Bg8 212. Bf1 Ke6 213. Be2 Bf7 214. Bf1 Be8 215. Be2 Bc6 216. Bf1 Ba8 217. Be2 Ke7 218. Bf1 Bb7 219. Be2 Bg7 220. Bd1 Ke6 221. Be2 Bc8 222. Bf1 Kf6 223. Be2 Be6 224. Bd1 Bf7 225. Be2 Ke6 226. Bf1 Bh6 227. Be2 Kd7 228. Bf1 Kc7 229. Be2 Bg7 230. Bf1 Bg8 231. Be2 Bf6 232. Bf1 Bh7 233. Be2 Be7 234. Bf1 Kd6 235. Be2 Bf6 236. Bf1 Bg8 237. Be2 Kc6 238. Bf1 Bh7 239. Be2 Be7 240. Bf1 Game drawn by the 50 move rule 1/2-1/2

Jun-04-09  timhortons: hes's only 20 year old and like the rest of his generation he play all night blitz game.
Jun-04-09  Brown: A life well-spent.
Jul-31-09  myschkin: . . .

Congrats to the the 2009 African Champion!

Aug-01-09  myschkin: . . .

Well deserved smile:

Sep-09-10  wordfunph: <timhortons: Bassem amin beat rybka3/transwarp at icc in 15 minute time control>

thanks <tim> for the game, machine too stubborn to wave the white flag.. :)

Apr-14-11  BIDMONFA: Bassem Amin

AMIN, Bassem

Sep-26-12  Namawiz: Bassem amin's rating will continue to approach the 2700 barrier. Soon he will go past 2650 but how close he can get 2700 remains to be seen.
Dec-10-12  Abdel Irada: <timhortons: Bassem amin beat rybka3/transwarp at icc in 15 minute time control>

Was Rybka TransWarp in the process of being assimilated during the game, or was it just a random cybernetic PCP overdose?

Either way, Bassem certainly pulled the wings off.

Feb-28-13  Garech: Amin has a very original and unorthodox playing style - I recommend going through them to everyone; great evidence that you do not have to play mainlines to be a top level 2600 GM.


Aug-02-13  Namawiz: 2013 African champion and now rated 2650+.
Dec-04-13  zluria: This guy is collecting some nice scalps at the world team championships. In the past two rounds he's beaten Wang Yue and Areschenko, way to go!!
Dec-04-13  dumbgai: He also lost a couple of embarrassing games to Baramidze and Durarbayli. What I don't get is why the champion of Africa is playing board 4 on his own country's team.
Mar-13-15  Dr. Overlord: <zluria: This guy is collecting some nice scalps at the world team championships.>

His dear uncle Idi liked to collect scalps too.

Sep-14-15  Bruce Graham: <Dr. Overlord> Yes, "Dada" Idi Amin retired to Saudi Arabia after a surfeit of scalping in his native Uganda. Baseem Amin took Saric's scalp twice in the 2015 World Cup. Bravo!
Aug-30-16  Mr. V: Nice job in Abu Dhabi!
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  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Nakamura!
Jul-10-17  sonia91: He just won the African Individual Championship for the fourth time in Oran, Algeria and qualified for World Cup:
Jul-19-17  PhilFeeley: Doing well at Lake Sevan, Yerevan, this year.

Oct-02-17  diagonal: Thanks <PhilFeeley>, for pointing out this triumph at the closed Lake Sevan tournament, a sometimes overlooked series.

<Namawiz>: "Bassem Amin's rating will continue to approach the 2700 barrier. Soon he will go past 2650 but how close he can get 2700 remains to be seen" (quote)

Now, Bassem Amin, the highest ranked African Grandmaster today, is close to that notorious Elo frontier:

2699 and 2698 in the official September and October 2017 FIDE rating list.

All the best for the very next games!

Oct-17-17  optimuswise: Amin crossed 2700 in live ratings! First from Africa to do so?
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  WTHarvey: White mates in 3.

Bassem Amin vs Fouad El Taher, Dubai, 9/19/2005

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Solution (in reverse)
3.Qb5# Na5 2.Qa6+ Kxa4 1... if or
2.Nxc4# 1...Nxa4 if

Sep-13-23  Youcefattoui: His game against Vahap Sanal deserves to be in the notable games section
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  perfidious: If another member adds B Amin vs V Sanal, 2017 to a game collection, it will be in six such and therefore make the list; along with the draw vs Carlsen, the game features in five collections now.
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