Archive for the 'Egypt' Category

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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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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GM Bassem Amin and WGM Mona Khaled 2015 African Champions Egypt has still proven to be the most dominant chess power on the continent of 54 African nations (43 active federations). Both GM Bassem Amin and WGM Mona Khaled proved again to be the best in the Valley of Kings and Queens. Amin scored an […]

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The African continental championship has begun in Cairo, Egypt in the “Land of Kings and Queens”. With two spots up for grabs at World Cup qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 2013 field is headlined by the Egyptian GMs Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly from a total of 54 players from 11 federations (32 in […]

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The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were some surprises. Despite being played […]

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Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

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While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

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GM Ahmed AdlyPhoto from http://chess.ugrasport.com. BREAKING NEWS! In what is clearly a disappointing development for Egyptian chess, GM Ahmed Adly was unable to receive clearance to participate in the 2013 World Cup which starts on August 10th in Tromso, Norway. Adly was prevented from traveling due to an obligatory service to the Egyptian Army. There […]

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WIM Shrook Wafa and GM Bassem Amin(2013 African Champions) Home to the “Hannibal of Carthage” lore, the beautiful and historic Tunisia hosted the 2013 African Individual Chess Championships. Players from nine African countries were competing for three qualifying spots for the World Cup in Tromso, Norway this November. After nine rounds of tough battles, GM […]

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IM Samy ShokerPhoto taken from Wikipedia. When is it possible to get +6 (7.5/9) in a tournament and not win? When you are playing in the African Zone 4.2 and playing in the same field as Samy “The Shocker” Shoker. That’s exactly what happened in Egypt when the French-Egyptian overcame an early loss to IM […]

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Going into the 2011 World Team Championship, Egypt may have had modest goals against a strong field. What ensued appeared to be disastrous, but the tournament had a high point for Egypt. First, each player on the Egyptian team would face Grandmasters (GMs) every single round. It is rare that players from Africa have an […]

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Armenia has garnered great success in the past several years in team play and hope to continue the trend today as the 2011 World Team tournament goes into its final four rounds. The Olympiad champions from 2006 and 2008, Armenia has always had tremendous team chemistry which helps when trust is needed in crucial moments. […]

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The bienniel World Team Championships will commence with round one on Sunday, July 17th. The ten teams are comprised of host China, Russia (defending champion), Ukraine, Israel Hungary (2010 Olympiad finishers), Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, USA (the continental champions) and Armenia (nomination from FIDE President). The field will prove to be very challenging and represent some […]

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GM Ahmed Adly Egypt is famous for a city called the “Valley of the Kings”. In Maputo, Mozambique an Egyptian was not on the king of the tournament, but also reigned as the queen as well. GM Ahmed Adly and WGM Mona Khaled won the 2011 African Individual Championship continuing the dominance of Egypt in […]

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Jackie Ngubeni with GM Bassem Amin. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ngubeni. Egypt is sometimes known as The “Valley of the Kings” with a very rich history. Anyone who has traveled to the North African country will marvel at the ancient civilization and the magic of the Nile River. The nation of 80 million inhabitants, the […]

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Many of the world’s top chess federations will assemble in the Bursa province of Turkey for the World Team Championships. Some of the notable teams represent perennial powers Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Israel and USA. Also included in the field is India, the world’s #6 team Despite the fact that World Champion Viswanathan Anand is busy […]

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Under the auspices of the African Chess Union, the Egyptian Chess Federation has the honor of inviting African Federations affiliated to FIDE to participate in the 2009 African Junior Chess Championship and African Girls Chess Championship Under 20. The 2009 African Junior & Girls Chess Championships will be held from 30th December 2009 (arrival) to […]

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There was an interesting (albeit erroneous) document circulating on the Kenyan Chess Forum that was highlighted here yesterday. I removed the story after GM Amon Simutowe stated that it was simply one of many data entry errors in Libya. The report illustrated a game from the 2009 African Championships between Simutowe (Zambia) and IM Khaled […]

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GM Bassem Amin GM Bassem Amin has risen since winning the African Junior Championship back in 2004. He promptly added another Junior title in 2005. Since that time he has traveled the world competing in a number of tournaments and is approaching the 2600 barrier. Going into the 2009 African Championship in Tripoli, Libya, there […]

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GM-elect Essam El-Gindy Essam El-Gindy had long been one of Egypt’s top players. He joins Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin as member of elite Grandmaster status. El-Gindy has already surpassed the requisite 2500 rating so he will be conferred his title later this year. He becomes the 7th African player to have earned Grandmaster-level status. […]

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