Archive for the 'Africa' Category

While the chess world has been occupied with world championship tournaments and elite players, there are many stories unfolding involving the ancient board game. There are different aspects of chess… the sporting aspect, the scientific aspect and the social aspect. The latter is found in stories such as “Queen of Katwe,” which was based on […]

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GM Carlsson conducting simultaneous exhibition at East Park Mall in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo by Yofoso Chess League. Pontus Carlsson is currently in Zambia as part of the Chess Masters in Africa tour. On February 25th, he posted on his Facebook page, Yesterday giving a simul against 25 players at the big East Park mall. 21 […]

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The Paul Allen Foundation in collaboration with the Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa is currently conducting its “Chess Masters for Africa Tour,” with a number of icon players including GMs Maurice Ashley (USA), Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and Kenny Solomon (South Africa). The tour will cover six countries and last until June. GM Solomon unloading equipment […]

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Chess enthusiasts and supporters, Throughout the “Black History Month” of February we celebrated the accomplishments of people of African descent, particularly those in the U.S. For 16 years, The Chess Drum has been recording the history of a population segment that is largely unknown or unappreciated in the world of chess. I have written thousands […]

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CALISTUS KOLANTSHO, “Maruatona’s chess reign castles to a satisfactory close ,” Mmegi Online (mmegi.bw), 20 January 2017. American actor, Robert Downey Jr. once said, “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and […]

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Zanzibar is a beautiful, historic semi-autonomous section of Tanzania famous for its spices. It has a combination of Africa, Indian and Arab influences. One of the traditions that came to the islands many centuries ago was chess, but it has failed to gain a foothold in the region. However, the region has recently held the […]

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Chess officials display the equipment to eager onlookers. Somalia has been a member of FIDE since 1987 and has participated in past Chess Olympiads. However, things have been difficult in terms of keeping the momentum going in the Horn of Africa. Fortunately, the Somalia Chess Federation got a boost from the Kasparov Chess Federation with […]

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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft The Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is delighted to be able to announce that we will be collaborating with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to facilitate a series of chess master training tours across the African continent during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year. The program will […]

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FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)Photo by Kim Bhari In a story out of Uganda, FM Harold Wanyama has retired from competitive chess after a 10-year stint that included appearances on the Olympiad team, national tournament prominence and stellar play in the club leagues. He mentioned as part of his highlights his experience in the Istanbul and […]

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At the 42nd Olympiad last month 1,583 players from around the world assembled in Baku, Azerbaijan to compete in the marquee tournament of they year. Players donned their colors and beautiful cultural garments bringing with them the history and pride of their chess communities. At the Olympiad there are so many stories that we never […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #1Friday, 2 September 2016 Open Section Nigeria 0-4 Russia USA 4-0 Andorra Kosovo 0-4 China Azerbaijan 4-0 Zimbabwe Ukraine 4-0 Jordan Full Results Favorites dominate, but Sudan draws Bulgaria… FM Tagelsir crushes GM Nikolic in a mating attack! First round matches in the Olympiad are usually character-building experiences for lower-rated teams […]

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Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America. With the emergence of Asian […]

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IM Abdelrahman HeshamAll photos by Paras Gudka Uganda was host to the 2016 African Individual Chess Championships held from 16th July 2016 up to 27th July 2016 at Tick Hotel in Kampala. Players from twelve countries came with visions and dreams of winning the title of African Champion. The event comprised two categories, the Open […]

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Young guns…FM Daniel Anwuli & Omishakin Praise Akinloluwa All photos by Boyo Paul Kehinde Lagos, Nigeria hosted the second MC satellite tournament with the defending champion IM Bunmi Olape attempting to defend his title. Nigeria is a country of 175 million inhabitants brimming with intellectual talent comparable to any country. However, a complicated past creates […]

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Zambian IM Daniel Jere won the Millionaire Open Satellite in thrilling fashion.All photos by Reint Dykema (Facebook) Zambia has long lived in the shadow of African chess powers, but they have repeatedly produced players of great talent. GM Amon Simutowe of Ndola, Zambia, is one of the greatest talents ever produced in Africa. However, chances […]

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GM Maurice Ashley’s excitement was effusive as he posted several comments on Facebook recounting his experience in Kenya. Ashley had spent days touring the schools in Kenya with a type of passion that only he could bring. With trips to Imara Daima Academy, Mwanzo Academy, St. George’s School in Nairobi, Ashley inspired hundreds of schoolchildren […]

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For the past several years, Adia Onyango has been on a quest to improve her chess performance. She had already created a wildly popular “Chess Connections” Facebook group which currently has more than 1200 members. In addition, she embarked on 30-day green smoothie challenges, took to a daily biking regiment and maintained a tireless passion […]

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2016 Kenya Open Kenyan chess is seeing an uptick in activity in 2016. After holding a successful Kenya Open last month (won by Ben Nguku) it is in the midst of the Nairobi Open. There are apparently some bright talent sprouting from years of nourishment. The frequent trips around Kenya seem to be bearing some […]

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IM Oladapo Adu The Ghana Chess Association, under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation and the World Chess Federation held 2016 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championships in Accra from 28th March to the 6th April 2016 at Tenko Plaza Hotel. Thirty-two players from the following seven federations were represented: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, […]

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Purity Maina Kenya’s Purity Maina receive her credentials as an International Arbiter (IA) during the FIDE Presidential Board meeting held in Moscow, Russia! Maina would be familiar to some on the African continent and she has appeared on these pages before, but it is quite an outstanding achievement. She would become only the second woman […]

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Lupita Nyong’o speaks at a Disney promotion for the movie.Back in 2014, an announcement was made that Lupita Nyong’o, would be playing Phiona Mutesi in an adaptation of the book, “Queen of Katwe.” Nyong’o won an Academy Award for her stunning portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years as a Slave.” This film has a tremendous […]

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During the 2016 Gibraltar Tradewise Masters in Spain, GM Kenny Solomon was ask to give a “Master Class” and he obliged. The South African reviewed two games with GM Stuart Conquest. The first against GM Sebastian Bogner of (Switzerland) and the second against GM Robert Zelcic (Croatia). The latter game displaying the odd …Rg8!? but […]

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Botswana’s Naledi MarapaPhoto courtesy of The Midweek Sun. Some months back there was story about an adorable chess player out of Botswana named Naledi Marape… and adorable she is! The young player was the subject of articles in local newspapers about her accomplishments as a 9-year old promising player. Her father Dr. Marape Marape describes […]

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IM David Silva, two-time African Junior Champion Angola has been one of the most successful African federations in terms of producing International Masters. Players like Manuel Mateus, Pedro Aderito, Alexandre Nascimento, Amorin Agnelio and Armindo Sousa were some of the earliest names. They have represented the oil-rich country with high marks in international competitions. At […]

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