I recently played against a player with a North Korean flag on Chess.com. I assume they just picked that flag for a laugh or something, but it did get me wondering; have there been any titled North Korean players? If not, have any North Koreans achieved any recognition in chess?


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I tried searching for players by countries in ratings.fide.com's advanced search feature but i couldn't seem to find the north korea country there

After some research, I found this player: Roza Lallemand which is a french GM from north korea

I don't know if this counts as she is born in North Korea but she is a french player

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    "I don't know if this counts as she is born in North Korea but she is a french player" According to that wiki article, she emigrated to the Soviet Union as a child, and was trained to play chess in a school there - and wound up moving to France after she met her husband.
    – nick012000
    Commented Aug 23, 2021 at 16:08
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    Kind of funny that her surname after marriage literally means "The German" in French. The NK-born Soviet-French German
    – llama
    Commented Aug 23, 2021 at 18:53
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    North Koreans have essentially no internet access. There are very few computers accessible for personal use, what few are accessible are only available for powerful people, and even they are behind NK's version of The Great Firewall. I think Chess.com geolocates to pick a default flag, but then allows you to choose.
    – Ryan_L
    Commented Aug 26, 2021 at 21:17
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    @IanBush Good point. The cited references confirm North Korea though; for instance there's deces.matchid.io/… . Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 12:59
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    @IanBush I have edited Wikipedia to fix the mistake. Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 19:02

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