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The first recorded chess game in Malta was in 1880.  Leone Benjacar wrote chess articles for the Daily Malta Chronicle in 1880 and created the Malta Chess Club.  The Maltese Chess Association was formed in 1923.   The first official chess championship occurred in Malta in 1925, won by Oscar Serracino-Inglott.  Malta joined FIDE in 1959 and played in the Chess Olympiad in 1960.  The 24th Chess Olympiad in 1980 was held in La Valletta, Malta.  Malta played in their first chess olympiad in 1960, then they played from 1970 to 1974, then from 1980 to 2006.

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