Essam El-Gindy (also known as Essam El-Gendy and Esam Mohamed Ahmed Nagib; born 14 July 1966 in Cairo) is an Egyptian chess Grandmaster and FIDE Trainer.
He is a former Egyptian Champion (2002), African Champion (2003) and has represented Egypt in three Chess Olympiads (1996, 1998, 2014). He has competed at two FIDE World Chess Championships (1999, 2004) and six Chess World Cups (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019).
In 2003, El-Gindy won the delayed 2002 Egyptian Chess Championship, shared first (third on tiebreak) with 8/10 at the Golden Cleopatra Open,followed by scoring his first two GM norms at the African Championships with 7.5/9 and the Arab Chess Championships with 7/9 in 2003. Eventually he reached his final norm in 2008 with 9/12 at the Alushta Summer Open.
He made his debut at World Championship level with a first round 2-0 exit to Ulf Andersson in the FIDE World Chess Championship 1999.
El-Gindy's success at the African Chess Championship of 2003 earned him a spot in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, losing in the first round to Aleksej Aleksandrov 1½-½. He qualified for the Chess World Cup six times via the African Championships. His third place on tiebreak in 2007 secured a place at the Chess World Cup 2007 where he scored an upset win in the first round against former FIDE World Champion and eventual quarter-finalist Ruslan Ponomariov, but he went on to lose the match after rapid tiebreaks 2½-1½. A fourth-place finish in 2009 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2009, going out in the first round to Ponomariov 1½-½. Second place in 2011 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2011, going out in the first round to Zoltan Almasi 2-0. Third place on tiebreak in 2013 saw him qualify for the Chess World Cup 2013, where he went out in first round 2-0 to Leinier Dominguez.
In 2009, El-Gindy won the Arab Chess Championship, scoring 7/9.
El-Gindy won the 2014 AIDEF Chess Championships on tiebreak with a score of 7.5/9.
El-Gindy has competed in various team tournaments at both club and international level. He has won three team golds and an individual gold and bronze at international level, representing Egypt. For his clubs, El-Gindy has won four team golds and a team silver medal as well as gold, two silvers and two bronze medals for his individual play.
|Tournament||Board||Individual result||Team result|
|Olympiad Yerevan 1996||First||1.5/7||66th|
|Olympiad Elista 1998||First||5/10 (60th)||38th|
|All-Africa Games 2003||Second||4/6||Gold|
|Pan Arab Games 2007||First||5.5/8||Gold|
|All-Africa Games 2007||First||8.5/9 (Gold)||Gold|
|World Team Champ. 2011||Third||0.5/4||10th|
|All Africa Games 2011||Third||5.5/7 (Bronze)||Gold|
|World Cities Champ. 2012||First||0/2||Group phase|
|Olympiad Tromso 2014||Fifth||2/6||23rd|
|Tournament||Team||Board||Individual result||Team result|
|Arab Club Champ, Damascus 2003||Al-Sharkia (EGY)||Second||4.5/7||Gold|
|Arab Club Champ, Agadir 2005||Al-Sharkia (EGY)||Second||6.5/8 (Bronze)||Gold|
|Arab Club Champ, Amman 2006||Al-Sharkia (EGY)||Second||6/8 (Gold)||Gold|
|Arab Club Champ, Khartoum 2007||Al-Sharkia (EGY)||First||6/8 (Bronze)||Gold|
|Asian Club Cup, Al-Ain 2008||Al-Ain B (UAE)||Reserve||5/7 (Silver)||Eighth|
|Arab Club Champ, Tunis 2009||El-Dakhlia (EGY)||Third||6/8 (Silver)||Silver|