Recently, Ghana Chess Association was able to showcase chess in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Ghana is coming off of a successful 2019 campaign as the host of both the 4.4 Zonal Championships and African Junior Championships. Ghana was also a participant in the West African Team Invitational during the historic Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz event in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Philip Ameku (Ghana), Angela Ayiku (Ghana), Christiana Naa Merley Ashley (Ghana), Daaim Shabazz (USA) and Ogunsiku Babatunde (Nigeria) at the Grand Chess Tour in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by The Chess Drum.
Ghana continues to forge ahead not only in the face of canceled regional and continental events but also the postponement of the Chess Olympiad. Philip Ameku, the President of the Ghana Chess Federation and Street Chess Director Joe Dzitse, spent nearly 30 minutes on GBC News discussing chess development around the country.
Ghana Chess has already begun to plans past the COVID-19 outbreak. Donning facemasks as protection, they discussed how they are continuing the activities around the country despite of the virus. The ideas of expansion, talent development, and online league play were a few of the topics covered.
Video by Ghana Broadcasting Corporation – Kanda