Archive for the 'Botswana' Category

On the campus of University of Cape Town There are many ways to describe the African continent. Some know it as the “Cradle of Civilization” and by others as the “Dark Continent.” Rest assured, this massive land mass has a complicated history, but its complexity may be softened by the sheer diversity and beauty. Each […]

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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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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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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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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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African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get them needed experience for growing […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a short draw with IM Chitumbo […]

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Keenese Katisenge The Public Relations Director of Botswana Chess Federation was crowned the administrator of the year by Botswana National Sports Council. Ms. Keenese Katisenge won the award after she was nominated along side two other administrators. She is highly credited for being instrumental in the promotion of chess in Botswana. Her hardwork and passion […]

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Chess seems to be making a foray into Francophone Africa, a place that is home to many strategy games, but especially draughts. Burkina Faso joined FIDE in Tromso, Norway becoming one of the latest nations to join the fraternity of chess nations. Like many places, the Burkinabè chess community started from humble beginnings with the […]

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Yu Yangyi on 4/4 after Day Two… Five GMs on 3.5/5 Webster University: Susan Polgar, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Ray Robson, GM Wesley So, IM Aswin Jayaram Webster University came in full-force to the Millionaire Chess Open with several players including world’s #14 Wesley So, Le Quang Liem and Ray Robson. Susan Polgar is […]

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Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and hard-scrabble activities give a forum to many creative personalities… one of which is chess. Washington, DC is known as the nation’s capitol, but for chess players, Dupont Circle […]

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There are many debates circulating in the chess world about its direction and that will be the emphasis in the coming months as the FIDE Presidential election picks up steam. One of the important questions that always seems to get attention is the plight of women in chess. While the strength of women players is […]

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The 6th Metropolitan chess championships will take place this weekend in Palapye where the top 20men and top 20 women will crack their heads in a fiercely anticipated chess tournament. The Sponsor The tournament is sponsored by Metropolitan to the tune of P80,000. This is the 6th year that Metropolitan and Botswana Chess Federation have […]

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The Botswana chess calendar takes off on a high note as the players brace to lock horns in the first tournament of the year sponsored by Airfficiency. The tournament dubbed Airfficiency Year Opener sets the ball rolling and is highly favoured for setting the tempo for the year. The tournament will be held on the […]

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Kelvin Chumfwa Wins BOTSWANA OPEN 2012 with 9.5/11 edging out FM Gillian Bwalya who finished on equal 9.5/11. The winner’s medal went to Chumfwa who beat Gillian in round 8 though they shared the prize money equally. Kelvin beat Linus Katebe who finished on 8.5/11 and Gillian had to work had to dispatch Spencer Masango […]

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Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit back and enjoy these short […]

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Greetings, Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) wishes to extend invitation to you media house for the sending off of the Senior National Team on the 23rd August 2012 at Yarona Country Lodge, time is 5pm. Please join us as we will be announcing the Men’s and Women’s team that will be leaving for Istanbul, Turkey to […]

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Thapelo FrancisDefending Women’s Champ Botswana Chess Federation will on the 6th-9th April 2012 host the Metropolitan National Chess Championships at Yarona Country Lodge. The event is the final lap of the three-stage tournament. The tournament will be played by 10 men and 10 women who were placed in top 10 at 2nd Qualifiers in Francistown. […]

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Tshenolo Maruatona sent the following press release from Botswana. He described the process as follows: The first qualifiers consists of a open tournament for all eligible players in the country. From that field the top 23 (plus defending champ) advance to 2nd qualifier. The final ten play for the National Finals. Last weekend, Providence Oatlhotse […]

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Providence Oatlhotse The stage has been set for the first tournament in the Botswana Chess Calendar. The tournament dubbed Year Opener will take place from 20th-22 January. The tournament presents an opportunity for last year’s winner CM Providence Oatlhotse to defend his title. Oatlhotse had an impressive run in the past year as he won […]

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The Botswana Closed Tournament will be held at University of Botswana starting Friday, 2nd December 2011 to Sunday, 4th December 2011. The drawing of lots will be on Wednesday, 30th at sedibeng @ 19:00. The Botswana Chess Calendar comes to an end with resounding bang as the best chess brains in the country lock horns […]

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In a tussle that saw the country’s best 20 juniors lock horns, Thato “Kotov” Olebile proved too hot to handle as he dominated the tournament with overwhelming command. The star studded tournament consisted among others CM Thabo Gumpo (former Under 21 champion and National team player), CM Kagiso Morwamang and Botswana’s representatives at the upcoming […]

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Boikhutso Mudongo at 2006 Olympiad in Spain. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Botswana’s stalwart women player Boikhutso Mudongo is now Women International Master. This follows confirmation from FIDE after her outstanding performance at the Zone 4.3 championships held in Gaborone in April 2011. In a highly contested tournament, Mudongo finished comfortably on position 2 with 7.5 […]

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