Africa

  • Aikhoje gets ’98 Olympiad gold medal!

    Nigerian International Master Odion Aikhoje finally receives the gold medal he earned on board two at the Elista Olympiad in 1998. Twenty-four years is short in terms of age, but to wait on something for 24 years is another matter. The Chess Drum reported on Aikhoje’s triumph in the very…

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  • 2022 African Individual Championships (Lagos, Nigeria)

    In a few days, Africa’s top players will trek to Africa’s most populous city (25 million) Lagos for the African Individual Chess Championship (AICC). According to Africa Chess Media’s Babatunde Ogunsiku has been counting down to the day of the tournament’s start. The marquee tournament on the continent comes in…

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  • IM norm for Zimbabwe’s Zhemba Jemusse!

    Zhemba Jemusse, an untitled player, was competing in his first Olympiad in Chennai, India and was excited to experience the world’s biggest stage. Team Zimbabwe was looking smart in their suits and matching accessories with “Zimbabwe Chess” proudly displayed.  ZIMBABWE Left to Right: IM Rodwell Makoto, Tapiwa Gora (ZCF Technical…

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  • Tshepiso Lopang wins ACC Presidency!

    Tshepiso Lopang, African Chess Confederation President 2022-2026Photo by Mark Livshitz For the past several months, there was tremendous energy on African social media about the upcoming election for African Chess Confederation (ACC). Africa as a continent is fully engaged in the development process of improving FIDE and these signs bode…

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  • Two healing after Olympiad health crises

    During round three of the Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India, there were two attendees suffering health crises. Both received immediate medical attention and were taken to local hospitals. Both were stabilized. Chess can certainly be a stressful activity, but of course, it is the thrill of combat that we enjoy.Jamaica’s…

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  • African nations at Chennai Olympiad!

    African nations traveling to the 2022 Chess Olympiad have traditionally been up to the mark in colorful outfits. This Olympiad will feature a “best dressed” contest. It’s a very interesting, but perhaps tricky idea to compare cultural expressions, but one thing for sure is that African nations will be a…

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  • Tyrone Davis gives Gift of Chess to Nigeria

    National Master Tyrone Davis III graduated last month from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in computer science. He told The Chess Drum that he’ll be joining Saba Capital as an investment analyst in NYC. National Master Tyrone Davis III playing Benjamin, a boy whom he is…

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  • GM Kenny Solomon launches book!

    South African Grandmaster Kenny Solomon has collaborated with Dr. Lyndon Bouah to present his autobiography titled, My Game Plan: My Quest to Become a Chess Grandmaster. There will be a ZOOM book launch at 20:35 CET (14:35 EST). Here is his Facebook message:Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce the…

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  • Tani Adewumi gets second IM norm!

    Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation In late April, Tanitoluwa Adewumi earned his first IM norm and yesterday he earned a second. Tani earned the norm at the New York Summer Invitational where topped the field with 7/9 edging out Nakada Akira who finished with 6.5. Now the top-rated…

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  • Tony Ballard’s Powerful Chess Testimony

    Tony Ballard’s life has been one of turmoil, but chess has become a source of balance during his period of incarceration. Ballard is serving a 294-month sentence for attempted murder, but recently gave one of the most powerful testimonies of the rehabilitative properties of chess. Grandmasters will often be asked…

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