Anquandah, Felix… Ghanaian chess champions!

Eddie Thompson & Francis Anquandah of Ghana during 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Francis Anquandah won his seventh national title and strengthens his legacy as a trailblazing player of Ghana. Anquandah played on Ghana’s first Olympiad team in Dubai in 1986 after winning his first national title. He earned the country’s first International Master title in 2014 at the 4.4 subzonal and has been a mainstay in building the country’s chess culture.

After fizzling in last year’s national championship, Anquandah avenged his loss of the title to FM John Kofi Hasford. The competition which started in November 2019 was played in two phases, which ended with finals on 2nd of January 2021 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Abena Tobi Felix also retained her women’s crown for the second time, finishing top with nine points. According to the press release…

…Felix Abena Tobi, who recently graduated from University of Ghana retaining her title for the third time consecutively. Second place went to Maud Benson of Achimota Senior High School who, was touted to win the tournament as she led to log after the 7th round. Her hopes were however dashed after a painful defeat to Christiana Ashley, a member of the Ghana Olympiad team. The latter took third place at the end of proceedings.

Link: http://www.businessghana.com/site/news/sports/229987/Francis-Anquandah-reclaims-coveted-chess-title

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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