2012 Ghana Nat’l Championships

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Kojo Hasford
2012 Ghana Champion

The Ghana National Individual Chess Championship 2012 was held at the Accra Sports Stadium-Accra from January 2 to January 7, 2012.

The system and rate of play was a 7-round Swiss, 90 minutes per player per game for the first round to select the best six players from twelve. The qualified six then engaged in a 5-round robin to determine the national champion. The rate of play was 90 minutes per player.

Kojo Hasford won the qualifier with 5½/7 and then dominated the final with 4½/5. Francis Anquandah took second on 3½/5 while Edward Thompson took third on 3/5. Anquandah had been champion since 1986. In the women’s competition there were four women and Paulina van Gyuet won on 3/3.

The Ghanaian team hopes to be competing at the Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey later this year.

2012 Ghana National Individual Championships
January 2nd-7th, 2012 (Accra, Ghana)
Participants (alphabetical)
Rank
Seed
Name
NRtg
IRtg
FED
Flag
1 8 Ackam, Michael 2001 0 Ghana
2 1 Anquandah, Francis 2058 1992 Ghana
3 11 Arko-Dadzie, George 1998 1567 Ghana
4 4 Bonsu, Kwadwo 2020 1952 Ghana
5 12 Coleman Vitaly 1956 0 Ghana
6 9 Garbah Richard 2001 0 Ghana
7 2 Hasford Kojo 2055 0 Ghana
8 5 Koney NII Kwaku-Koney 2008 0 Ghana
9 6 Lamb Pastor Sherpherd 2008 0 Ghana
10 7 Nkrumah Sekou 2005 0 Ghana
11 10 Sosu Edward 2000 0 Ghana
12 3 Thompson Edward 2020 1834 Ghana

After seven rounds of plays, here are the following results (top six players qualify for final):

2012 Ghana National Individual Championships
January 2nd-7th, 2012 (Accra, Ghana)
Final Standings (Qualifier)
Rank
Seed
Name
NRtg
FED
Pts.
MP
1 2 Hasford, Kojo 2055 Ghana 15
2 6 Lamb, Pastor Sherpherd 2058 Ghana 5 15
3 1 Anquandah, Francis 2058 Ghana 5 14
4 4 Bonsu, Kwadwo 2020 Ghana 13
5 3 Thompson, Edward 2020 Ghana 12
6 5 Koney, Nii Kwaku-Koney 2008 Ghana 4 11
7 11 Arko-Dadzie, George 2055 Ghana 10
8 12 Coleman, Vitaly 2008 Ghana 3 9
9 9 Garbah, Richard 2008 Ghana 3 9
10 8 Ackam, Michael 2005 Ghana 4
11 10 Sosu, Edward 2000 Ghana 4
12 7 Nkrumah, Sekou 2020 Ghana 1 3

The championship was organized by the Ghana Chess Association with support from the largest local electronic assembly firm, rlg Communication Company limited. The winner of the competition took home the trophy at stake plus an rlg laptop computer.

Kwadwo Bonsu and Edward Thompson do battle!

Francis Anquandah versus eventual champion, Kojo Hasford.

2012 Ghana National Individual Championships
January 2nd-7th, 2012 (Accra, Ghana)
Final Standings
Rank
Seed
Name
NRtg
FED
Pts.
MP
1 1 Hasford, Kojo 2055 Ghana 13
2 3 Anquandah, Francis 2058 Ghana 10
3 5 Thompson, Edward 2020 Ghana 3 9
4 4 Bonsu, Kwadwo 2020 Ghana 6
5 2 Lamb, Pastor Sherpherd 2058 Ghana 1 3
6 6 Koney, Nii Kwaku-Koney 2008 Ghana ½ 1

Paulina van Gyuet (right) won the women’s competition on 3/3.

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.

7 Comments

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  2. After 25 years ,its so refreshing to have Anquandah dethroned,but I would have wished that the new champion is a more younger player,anyway congratulation to the new national champion

  3. Hallo Dr. Daaim Shabazz, I tend to think that something wrong, adminstratively ,has been going on within the Ghana Nat’l Chess organization allowing a particular player to be a constant winner since 1986. I’ve seen this in my own country Kenya & believe that Ghana’s best player in style & wit is most likely the current Nat’l Champ . I wish him the best.–P. Oketch.

  4. Hello, is there a chess club for kids to learn and play with each other anywhere in accra or tema? thanks

  5. Nice one!Nigeria chess championship , The NBL INTERNATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.has been announced for 1-8 JULY 2012. !! Nigerian Breweries Chess tournament ! Location – Lagos i hope Hasford, Kojo (The Ghanian Champ) , Anquandah, Francis and other players from Ghana will be in Lagos to play good chess.

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