Gambia gets new chess home!

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The Gambia Chess Federation on Saturday 27th December 2014 opened its headquarters meant to enhance the activities of the federation, in Manjai Kunda.

The opening of the bureau also saw the federation stage a day’s rapid tournament, which was won by Gambia’s third candidate master Ebrima Bah alias Kuru Boy, who went home with seven thousand dalasi as winner.

The Gambia was represented in Tromso, Norway for the 2014 Chess Olympiad as one of 42 African nations. Jalamang Jallow is shown here in action. Photo by David Llada.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Antouman Njie, president of the federation, was delighted to see the federation, established in 1976, operating from its own office for the first time since its establishment.

He announced that the federation made significant progress in national and international competitions recently.

The sustainability and achievements registered by the federation would not have been possible without the support of ex-members, the current executive, and those that in one way or the other supported them, he noted, and thanked all on behalf of the executive.

Mawdo Sallah, secretary general of the federation, who chaired the opening ceremony, described the day as a milestone in the history of the federation thanks to the efforts of all. Among their plans for 2015 is to begin a chess school, as well as host an international competition, he announced.

Cherno Omar Bobb, “Chess Federation Opens Headquarters,” The Point (Banjul), 29 December 2014.

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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