Bassem Amin is an Egyptian Grandmaster and the number one ranked player on the African continent. He won the 2009 African Individual Championships and has since won this title a total of 5 times. He is the reigning African champion and the only player from Africa ever to cross the 2700 rating threshold. His international career highlights include Bronze Medals in the 2005 and 2006 World Youth Championships as well as a bronze medal in the 2006 World Junior Championships. He scored 8.5 / 11 on Board 1 at the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway leading the Egyptian National Team to achieve their best result ever and helping them win the Gold Medal for Category B at the tournament.