Archive for the 'Africa' Category

A couple months ago, GM Nigel Short contacted The Chess Drum and mentioned that St. Vincent and the Grenadines would become a provisional FIDE member. At the 92nd General Assembly meeting, St. Vincent as well as Belize, Dominica and Niger became full FIDE members. St. Vincent & Grenadines Back in 2019, Short and Ian Wilkinson […]

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Elizabeth Cassidy scored 9/9 in the under-11 Girls section. Photo by KBC Sports 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 […]

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Kenya has long been an active member of the international chess community over the years, but in the past decade, they have increased the profile of chess within the country. Chess Kenya has been promoting chess in underserved areas. TEAM KENYA with Ministry of Sports Most recently Fred Sagwe trekked 165km to get chess in […]

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Tomorrow The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will be on a show called “Reflections” hosted by Lyndon Bouah, a long-time chess advocate for South Africa. The two met 2004 at the Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain. Dr. Lyndon Bouah with “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon Bouah. Bouah is considered to […]

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Sustainable Development Goals or “SDGs“are 17 targets for creating a more economically, ecologically and environmentally-friendly planet. The United Nations has embarked on a long-term approach to tackle a number of problems in “health and education, reduced inequality and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserves our oceans and forests.” […]

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Burundi became a member of FIDE in 1999, two years after launching the chess federation known as “Fédération de Jeu d’Echecs du Burundi” or the acronym, FECHEBU. On August 15th, they had their elections and Wilfried Ntamatungiro received 17/24 votes to become the incoming President. Formerly the rating official of FECHEBU, he will take the […]

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Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation Tanitoluwa Adewumi has been in the public eye since his story hit the news two years ago. He has also been popular is social media and appeared last year in a Puzzle Rush challenge match on Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel. Since then, “Tani” has continued to make progress […]

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64 Chess Squares TV hosted a short interview with Kenya Chess Federation President Benard Wanjala. He discusses the current events including the highest participation in the African Chess Championships in Malawi. Wanjala, who also serves as the African Chess Confederation Vice President, discussed the current state of chess given the COVID protocols. There was a […]

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Back in December, when the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Senegal was hosting its National Open qualifier to determine who would compete in the National Championships. The seven-round Open Swiss tournament attracted 44 participants and had a time control of 60 minutes. The event took place at the Cours Sainte Marie De Hann […]

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Susan Namangale President of Malawi Chess Federation This past year has been one with a bit of intrigue as the continent of Africa seemed to increase chess activity online. There were a number of staged “cage matches” and many federations organized friendly matches. Social media groups were abuzz about the prospects of African chess and […]

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