Historic Moments: African Nations at the 1996 Chess Olympiad in Yerevan, Armenia

These pictures were taken by Jerome Bibuld, International Arbiter and Chess Photographer extraordinaire. Those interested in his photos anywhere on this site should contact him for use privileges.

Angolan Men's Team, 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

The Angola Chess Federation has enjoyed perhaps the most success among Sub-Saharan African nations. The country has been wracked by an ongoing civil war, but that has not prevented the country from producing five International Masters. Pictured in above picture are: kneeling – IM Alexandre NacsimentoFelino Borges standing – IM Armindo Sousa, NM Ludy Sousa, IM Eugenio Campos and Agostinho Adåo.

Zimbabwe versus Botswana, 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

Picture above is Zimbabwe taking on Botswana (neighboring countries). This match was won convincingly by Zimbabwe in a 4-0 drubbing. Zimbabwe ended up with 24½ while Botswana scored 24. Russia, led by GMs Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, won the Gold with 38½. Zimbabwe was led by IM Kudzunai Mamombe on Board 1 and has since produced a young star in IM Robert Gwaze, former African Junior Champion. Botswana also has a young star, Ignatius Njobvu, shown in this picture playing Board 3 for the Botswana side.

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The Seychelles women's team; 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

IM Jesus Hernandez-Ruiz of Cuba (L) captains the Seychelles women’s team.

The Ugandan men's team; 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

The Ugandan men’s team

The Mozambican men’s team; 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

Members of the Mozambican men’s team with the President of the Mozambican Chess Federation, Lucinda Cruz.

The Angolan Women's Team with IM Manuel Mateus; 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. L-R: Engracia de Jesus, Paulete Cabral, MI Manuel Mateus, Sandra Venancio and Maria da Luz. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

The Angolan women’s team… L-R: Engracia de Jesus, Paulete Cabral, MI Manuel Mateus (captain), Sandra Venancio and Maria da Luz

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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