Inter-Micronational Chess Federation

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InterMicronational Chess Federation
SuccessorWorld Micronational Chess Federation (claimed)
Founded7 August 2010 (original)
7 August 2013 (re-establishment)
FounderCJ Miller (original)
Rigas Papadopoulos
TypeChess federation
Official languages
English, Russian, Greek
WebsiteWebsite (recovered from Wayback Machine)

The Inter-Micronational Chess Federation, at one point known as the Micronational Chess Federation, was an intermicronational organisation intended to serve as the governing body of micronational chess. It was initially founded in 2010 by CJ Miller, and subsequently restarted in 2013 by St.Charlian politician and future micronational world chess champion Rigas Papadopoulos. By November 2015 the organisation had ceased operations, indicated by its website appearing up for sale[1].

The IMCF appeared at one point to operate a club[2].

In 2023, the World Micronational Chess Federation was founded and claimed to succeed it as operator of the Micronational World Chess Championship.


The Inter-Micronational Chess Federation was originally founded by CJ Miller of Safiria to create a governing body for the newly-created Intermicronational Chess Tournament. However, three days after the tournament began, Safiria became defunct, so ownership of the IMCF was passed to the Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun. However, the IMCF went inactive again. In 2012, a new governing body for micronational chess, the Micronational Chess Federation, emerged. It was used to host the 2012 Micronational Chess Championship, but then also went inactive.

In July 2013, Rigas Papadopoulos of St.Charlie took an interest in micronational chess and decided to re-form the IMCF. Obtaining permission from Sovetus, the last person to run the IMCF, Papadopoulos created a new website with the help of Kuri Kabanov and Ben McKinlay. In the 8th of August, 2013, after completing work on it's website, the IMCF announced the 2013 Micronational World Chess Championship.

On October 7, 2013, it was announced that the IMCF's website was "temporarily down due to domain issues".[3] On October 25 the organisation issued a new announcement stated that a domain had been purchased by Yaroslav Mar, who joined the IMCF's staff as the General Sponsor.[4] The old site was transferred in its entirety to the new domain and went live shortly afterwards. Since then, the IMCF has been in a state of inactivity.

Micronational Chess Championships

The Micronational Chess Championship was the main tournament organized by the Inter-Micronational Chess Federation. The first two championships (in 2010 and in 2012) were held in single-knockout format. The third, in 2013, used a round-robin format.

After the 2010 championship, the tournament was renamed from Intermicronational Chess Championship to Micronational Chess Championship for the 2012 championship. The 2013 championship was the Micronational World Chess Championship.

Elo Ratings

Each incarnation of the Inter-Micronational Chess Federation used its own rating system.

The original Inter-Micronational Chess Federation used both ECF and Elo ratings.

The Micronational Chess Federation, which hosted the 2012 Micronational Chess Championship, used it's own rating system[5]. Only three games were rated with this system, two games from the first round of the 2012 Micronational Chess Championship and a friendly match.

The reformed Inter-Micronational Chess Federation used a modified elo rating system. Unlike the rating systems of previous federations, this time rating players rather than nations.


  1., 15 November 2015. Recovered via Wayback Machine. Accessed 27 October 2023.
  2. "Inter-Micronational Chess Federation", Accessed 27 October 2023.
  5. "How do ratings work?" Micronational Chess Federation. Accessed 31 October 2023.


Governing bodies
Inter-Micronational Chess Federation (Micronational Chess Federation) • World Micronational Chess Federation

World Championships
2010 InterMicronational Chess Championship2012 Micronational Chess Championship2013 Micronational World Chess Championship2014 Micronational World Chess Championship (proposed)2023 Micronational World Chess Championship (proposed)