Hamdouchi is French Champion!

GM Hicham Hamdouchi
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Long-time Moroccan ace Hicham Hamdouchi has won the French Championship after winning a tiebreak match over fellow GM Jean-Marc Degraeve. Hamdouchi has lived in France for many years after studying at University of Montpellier, but changed his federation some years back and has taken a wife in France. This Hamdouchi’s first French title and he earned it after scoring 7½/11.

Moroccan champion multiple times, Hamdouchi was the second player on the African continent to earn the coveted title of Grandmaster (after Slim Bouaziz of Tunisia). He has won a number of tournaments in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and got his breakout performance as a 16-year old at the Olympiad in Thessaloniki (9½/13) and later as a 17-year old at the World Team Championships beating several GMs. His peak rating was 2628 in July 2011.

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


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