László Nagy of Hungary told The Chess Drum about possible opportunities for African players to earn IM/GM norms in their now-famous “First Saturday” tournament series. This tournaments have been a popular stopping point for aspiring players.
However, he added that the Hungarian organization is looking for sponsors to held fund this initiative. Given that African players have few chances to play in norm tournaments, this may be a worthwhile project to help increase the level of play throughout the continent.
Bunmi Olape and Uche Agu are currently playing in the First Saturday tournaments with Olape battling in the GM tournament and Agu in the unrated FM-tournament. He told Daaim Shabazz:
The main idea is to bring as many African players as possible to Budapest, to play in the monthly GM-IM-FM tournaments. These First Saturday Budapest events give possibility for the chess developing countries’ people to play for the norms and the ELO rating. (Mainly from Africa).
With other developing federations improving, it is now time to see African players and those of African descent to begin making a presence on the international scene. With the Nigerians playing, it may mark the beginning of a trend for African players. Interested parties can contact Mr. Nagy at the following information below.
International chess organizer,
member of the FIDE organizers’ committee,
“GENS UNA SUMUS” and “PACTA SUNT SERVANDA”
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