Hamdouchi Hicham (08.10.1972)
French Grandmaster (1994) and coach born in Morocco. The first Arab or African who has reached 2600 ELO. Eleven times champion of Morocco. At 20 he moved to Montpellier, France where he finished business studies. French Champion in 2009 and 2013.
Winner of most of all African and Arab tournaments (5) where he participated. In 2002 he passed above the level of the 2600 ELO and entered in the club of the top 100 world players.
Best results: won or shared first at Ceuti 1992, Montpellier Open 1993, Casablanca 1993, Casablanca 1994, Abu Dhabi and Tunis 1997 and 1998, Dos Hermanas and Bozen 1998, Montpellier 2000 and 2004, Corsica Hotel Masters 2004, Saint-Affrique 2007, Sevilla Open 2010, Zürcher Weihnachtsopen 2010, Salou Open 2011, Lugano Open 2012, Aiacciu Open 2012.
Hicham is married to WGM Adina-Maria Hamdouchi.
Peak rating: 2615 in 2003.