Archive for the 'Zambia' Category

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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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 Zhu Chen The African Chess Confederation through the support of the World Chess Federation Women’s Commission has the honour of hosting the former World Woman Chess Champion Grand Master Zhu Chen from China. Grandmaster Zhu Chen is the former World Woman Chess Champion, she has reached the highest level of play by attaining a […]

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IM Gillian Bwalya Zambia has proven to be one of the most promising federations in sub-Saharan Africa. Having produced the first GM in the region in Amon Simutowe, the players have established quite a tradition and showed their mettle in the 2010 Olympiad coming in 47th after being ranked 121st. However, their neighbor Zimbabwe has […]

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QUEEN NEFERTARI (Egypt) Each year in America, the Black community commemorates the accomplishments of many pioneers who overcame political exclusion, racial discrimination and socioeconomic hardships. In general the many historic figures are given each year during “Black History Month” and their accomplishments are reflected. The Chess Drum will take this opportunity to highlight some that […]

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Andrew Kayonde Zambia stands as one of the African countries with an abundance of talent. In the 2010 Olympiad, the 121st-ranked team came in 47th! This was the federation’s brightest moment on the Olympiad stage and there was hope that this served as a breakthrough. However, the absence of GM Amon Simutowe for the past […]

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INTERNATIONAL Master Gillian Bwalya was on Sunday crowned winner of the second edition of the Airtel Chess Challenge. Bwalya, who amassed 4.5 points in a four-way tie in first position, was higher on tie-break. IM Gillian Bwalya In second place was Kelvin Chumfwa also with 4.5 points with 21.5 tie-break while Andew Kayonde of Green […]

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Gillian Bwalya probably became known to the world after his creditable 7/10 performance at the 2012 Olympiad netting him the FM title. Since then he has pocketed the IM title pending on his conferral. For winning the 4.3 subzonal, the Zambian will compete in the 2013 World Cup tournament. He is the third Zambian to […]

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The Chess Federation of Zambia wishes to advise that the 2013 Zambia Closed Invitational Chess Championships will be held at the Henry’s Courtyard in Mansa from Friday 29th March to 1st March 2013. (Foreign players will be invited) In addition to the main event, the Zambia Closed Invitational Chess Championship section, the tournament will also […]

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IM Daniel Jere at 2012 Chess Olympiad. Zambia has been riding a wave of chess success in the past year. While not duplicating the team success of the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansisyk, Zambian players have seen a number of individual accolades. There is now serious talk about Zambia getting its second Grandmaster after the […]

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Jere wins 2012 Harvey Products Open IM-elect Daniel Jere of Zambia Zambia’s national champion FM Daniel Jere bested the field of 104 players to take the 2012 Harvey Products Open. He was equal first with IM Chitumbo Mwali with 7½/9, but had superior tiebreaks. There was a sextet of players tied on 7/9. This tournament […]

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News out of Zambia ahead of the African Juniors: THE Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) has selected 36 young players comprising 18 boys and 18 girls to represent the country at next month’s African youth flagship event of the World Chess Federation in Lusaka. The 2011 African Youth Chess Championships to be held at Baobab […]

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The Chess Federation of Zambia wishes to advise that the 2011 Zambia Closed Chess Championships will be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre from Saturday, October 22 to Monday, October 24, 2011. In addition to the main event, the Championship section, the tournament will also incorporate youth age group sections for the following ranges: […]

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International Master Daniel Jere won Botswana International Chess Open convincingly after scoring an impressive eight out of a possible nine rounds. The annual event which took place over the Independence Holidays attracted the strongest chess players from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. IM-elect Daniel Jere of Zambia Jere rebounded from a crushing loss to […]

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MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE Staff Writer (Mmegi-Botswana) Tuduetso Sabure led Botswana women to victory. Botswana women gave their Zambian opponents a 15-5 thumping in a friendly chess match played in Kasane on Saturday. The two teams played four rounds. In the last round, the Zambians were walloped 4-0 as Keitumetse Mokgacha, Onkemetse Francis Thapelo Francis, and Tuduetso […]

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Stanley Chumfwa on the move against Libya’s Elbaruni Mohamed.Photo by ugra-chess.com. Zambia has had quite a bit to to celebrate in past years, but the men’s performance in the recently-ended 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk is the most recent of its accomplishments. Stanley Chumfwa led the charge of the 121st-ranked Zambian team to reach a […]

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Top Boards (Open) Armenia 2½-1½ Russia 2 Vietnam ½-3½ Georgia Hungary 2½-1½ Russia 1 Poland 2-2 Netherlands Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-3 Ukraine Azerbaijan 2½-1½ Sweden Czech Republic 4-0 Mexico China 2-2 Slovakia Italy 2-2 Cuba USA 3-1 Argentina Round #5 Analysis: Now at the first rest day the field is shaking up as there are […]

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In 2006, Bessel Kok sent an emissary to Africa to try to garner support for his “The Right Move” program. English Grandmaster Nigel Short took on the task hoping to win support to unseat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (pictured left). Short’s trip swirled in controversy as he faced tough audiences both in Botswana and Zambia, camps supporting […]

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FIDE is holding a seminar from July 5th-10th which will serve as administrative training for federation management. Each federation is having their flights and lodging paid for the five-day seminar. The seminar will take place at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, a five-star establishment. There is an extensive agenda with the guest speakers including FIDE VP […]

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Zambian President Rupiah Banda has honored Grandmaster Amon Simutowe with the President’s insignia for meritorious achievement. This is yet another great accomplishment for Simutowe who has shed a brilliant light on the nation of Zambia with his ascent to the highest standard in chess. There had been much talk about the manner in which Simutowe […]

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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 Bartosz Socko battling GM Amon Simutowe at the Artic Chess Challenge in Norway. Amon Simutowe is in Norway after competing in the African Championship in Libya. He mustered a +1, but was not among the top six qualifiers for the World Cup. However, things are looking well for the Zambian as he has been […]

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Amon Simutowe of Zambia has earned the coveted title of Grandmaster. This accomplishment is a marvel for a number of reasons, but suffice it to say, it was a long time coming. As a schoolboy, Simutowe was known as “pawn” but ended up becoming an African giant as his talent was revealed. By the time […]

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