Gregor Johann

Gregor Johann



germany Germany

At the board, Gregor Johann, Elo 2003, is a strong amateur, but as a player he will probably never make the headlines internationally. And yet Johann is one of the essential chess people without whom the sport would not and could not function. As an arbiter, the 54-year-old is even on his way to world-class status.

Johann has been involved in chess for decades, initially at club and regional association level. From 2019 to 2023, he was Federal Tournament Director of the German Chess Federation. He is an International arbiter since 2013 and a FIDE International Organizer since 2015.

Gregor Johann

Johann works as a product manager at the SAP software group. He has recently reduced his working hours a little in order to devote more time to chess.

As a long-time arbiter in the Bundesliga and the Frauenbundesliga, Johann is used to being responsible for the games of international greats on “his” boards. In 2023, he oversaw a whole series of top international competitions, such as the WR Chess Masters, the FIDE Rapid Team World Championship, the European Club Cup and the World Youth Championship. The WEISSENHAUS Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge will be another elite tournament in this series.


  • FIDE Titles: Since 2013, Johann has been an International Referee, and since 2015, an International Organizer of FIDE.
  • World-Class Referee: In 2023 alone, Johann has refereed a number of top international competitions: the Schachbundesliga, WR Chess Masters, the FIDE Rapid Team World Championship, the European Club Cup, the Youth World Championship, the Open International Bavarian Championship.
  • Regional Functions: From 2004 to 2019, he was treasurer of the Chess Federation of Rhineland-Palatinate and from 1998 to 2020, treasurer of the Palatinate Chess Federation.
  • National Functions: From 2019 to 2023, Johann was the National Tournament Director of the German Chess Federation (DSB).
  • Organizer: Johann, together with his partner Sandra Schmidt, is the representative of the DSB for the successful German Amateur Championship (DSAM), a tournament series with more than 3000 participants annually.
  • League Founder: Johann co-founded the German Chess Online League (DSOL) at the beginning of the pandemic. Until 2023, hundreds of club teams participated.
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