Africa

  • Kenya’s Bernice Wambui gives “Gift of Chess”

    “Chess is not just a game. Facing the board means making decisions and dealing with obstacles. We learn life skills from the game.” Bernice Wambui is helping bring chess to some of the most impoverished parts of Kenya. What is more impressive is her charisma and leadership. Reminiscent of Uganda’s…

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  • Mehul Gohil (Kenyan Champ) wins another car!

    Mehul Gohil won the Kenyan Chess Champion and thus, drove away the grand prize of a Mazda Demio car! It is his second car in three years. In 2019, he won the title after Ben Nguku was unable to catch him. This year he had to win an Armageddon battle…

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  • Ortega is Cape Verde’s 2022 Chess Champion

    Cape Verde held its national championship December 7th-11th in the capital of Praia with their top player IM Manuel Ortega defending his title. Federação Cabo-Verdiana de Xadrez (FCX) is a relatively new FIDE member having joined the community of chess nations in 2016. Ortega has been their top player for…

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  • 2022 Liberian Chess Championship

    The Liberian Chess Federation (LCF) hosted its national championship with Bobby Ballah winning in dominating fashion with 9.5/11. The champion eclipsed the field by a full point and two points over the 2019 champion, Thomas Saah. Ballah was in good form in the tournament and came in as the 5th…

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  • Blitz tourney heats up NYC… Colas wins!

    2022 New York/Georgetown Blitz Invitational New York City recently held a blitz championship culminating in a classic battle between Josh Colas and Nigeria’s Adegboyega Joel Adebayo. The New York/Georgetown Blitz Invitational tournament was the beginning of what is to come in 2023 according to Aggrey Duncan, What we are trying…

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  • Tani Adewumi earns another IM norm!

    This picture was the beginning of a journey for 8-year-old Tani Adewumi, who became a national sensation. He earned a 3rd International Master norm last Sunday. Photo by Christopher Lee (New York Times). In November 2021, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi earned his FIDE Master (FM) title. At the NYC Fall GM/IM…

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  • Saad Elmi, Next Star in Norway?

    Sixteen-year-old Saad Abobaker Elmi recently scored 7/11 in the World Youth Chess Championships in Romania after winning the Nordic Youth Championships. Of Somalian ancestry, his parents immigrated to Oslo, Norway where he took up chess at an early age. He recently came in second in the Norway Junior Championships and…

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  • Bassem Amin & Shahenda Wafa… 2022 African Champs!

    WGM Shahenda Wafa (gold-women’s), GM Abdelrahman Hesham (bronze-open), GM Bassem Amin (gold-open). All photos by Babatunde Ogunsiku (Africa Chess Media) Egypt’s Bassem Amin wins his sixth continental title after winning the 2022 African Individual Chess Championships in Lagos, Nigeria. He edged out compatriot and fellow Grandmaster Ahmed Adly who had…

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  • 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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