Tournaments, Events, and Notable Achievements

Elshan Moradiabadi is a chess player and coach with an impressive list of accomplishments that spans over two decades. He has won numerous medals and championships at the national and international levels, including several top finishes at major tournaments such as the US Masters and Reykjavik Open.

As head coach and captain of Papua and New Guinea’s team at the 2018 Chess Olympiad, he led the team to a strong finish. Additionally, he has coached and mentored many successful players, including serving as coach of Iran’s junior team at the 2011 Chess Olympiad. Elshan’s achievements in the chess world are rare and significant, and he continues to inspire and impact players of all ages and skill levels.

Year Event Location
1998 Silver medal U14 Asian championship Iran
2000 Gold medal on board one, World Children chess Olympiad Ukraine
2001 Iranian champion aged 15, 2712 Elo performance Iran
2001 Silver medal U16 Asian championship Qatar
2004 International Master
2004 Tied first Iranian championship (second after armageddon)
2005 Grand Master
2005 Bronze medal Asian team championship
2006 2nd in Paris Championship France
2006 Bronze medal at Asian games (Asian Olympic games) Qatar
2007 Bronze medal at Asian indoor games (team rapid) Macau
2007 Bronze medal at Asian indoor games (Individual blitz) Macau
2008 Bronze medal, world sport games (team rapid) China
2009 2nd place in Thailand open Pattaya
2009 Gold medal Asian cities championship Lebanon
2009 Bronze medal at the Asian indoor games (team blitz) Vietnam
2009 Bronze medal at the Asian team championship India
2011 Qualified for FIDE world cup, lost in round one to Leinier Dominguez Russia
2012 First place in Chicago GM tournament Chicago, IL
2012 Final four champion with Texas Tech chess team VA
2012 Tied for first, St Louis Norm tournament MO
2012 Tied for 2nd at the US Masters NC
2013 Tied 2nd Quebec championship Montreal, CN
2013 1st Kings Island open OH
2014 Bronze medal at the Asian team championship Iran
2014 Tied for 1st Texas Masters Dallas, TX
2014-2020 First or tied for first at the Land of the Sky Asheville, NC
2015 1st at Vaujaney open (+2800 performance) France
2016-2022 First or tied for first at Carolina classics Charlotte, NC
2017 Washington Congress DC
2017 Winner of the US chess Grand Prix
2018 2nd place at the Reykjavik open Fischer random championship (with over 20 GMs)
2018 First place at the Cherry blossom open
2018 1st Villard France
2018 1st Ghent Belgium
2018 1st place Charlotte open NC
2019 Qualified for US championship at the US open FL
2019 Tied 1st at the US Masters, best US player in Armageddon
2019-2020 First place in Rilton cup Sweden
2021 5th at the online continental championship, qualified for the world cup
2021 Participated at the world cup, eliminated in round two after losing to Maxim Vachier-Lagrave
2022 Tied for 1st at the US open, qualified for the US championship

Olympiad and World Team Championships

  1. Player for Iran: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 Chess Olympiad
  2. Coach of Iran’s Junior Team: 2011 (Brazil)
  3. Head Coach and Captain of Papua and New Guinea Team: 2018 Chess Olympiad
  4. US Open Team Coach (World Team-Kazakhstan): 2019
  5. Pan Am US Chess Team Coach (Ecuador): 2019
  6. Head of Delegations for World Youth Championships (U18, U16, U14): 2019

Simultaneous Exhibitions

  1. 2004: Blindfold against 8 players (B-team) of Sharif University of Technology
  2. 2006: The biggest simul in Iran at the time, 120 players at Sharif University of Technology
  3. 2013: Simul at Annex Chess Club, Toronto
  4. 2015: Blindfold simul at Texas Tech
  5. 2018-2022: Several simuls across South Carolina: View on Chessbase
  6. 2022: Simul for Ukraine relief in North Carolina: View on
  7. Online simuls at the St. Louis Chess Club (on Lichess): View on Lichess
  8. Chess simultaneous exhibition 2021 with Team Sony Pictures Imageworks: View on Charitable Impact
  9. Whenever Elshan is the GM in residence with US Chess Federation, he plays a simul: View on Instagram