Lewis Ncube, President of African Confederation of Chess, was recently featured on Kenya’s KBC Sports TV to discuss the recent Africa Schools Individual Chess Championship held in Nairobi. He discussed the impact of COVID on chess in Africa, the dynamics of online chess, and the development of talent on the continent.
For the African Schools tournament, there were 166 players from eight countries represented (Botswana-6, Ghana-5, Kenya-67, Malawi-12, Nigeria-2, South Africa-41, Tanzania-3, Uganda-26, Zimbabwe-4). In addition to the success of the tournament, there were teaching seminars and according to Ncube, the demand was so great that they had to cut off registrations.
The highlight of the video was the appearance of two medal winners Mercy Ingado (under-17) and Jamie Kanango (under-13) who gave their impressions of the tournament. They also gave a quick exhibition.
Video by KBC Sports