Archive for the 'Africa' Category

In a country will so much turmoil in the past five decades, it becomes important to try to find a way to bring normalcy to ever-present social challenges in Somalia. Chess is played in more than 200 countries with federations in more than 180. Somalia has also ushered in “Chess in Schools” and is fully […]

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Good Times in South Africa!! Jerald Times with some of the members of his Guguletu team. Photo courtesy of Jerald Times. It can be said that Jerald Times has a story to tell. Having trod the stony roads of Harlem, New York, and the pastures of South Africa, he has come full circle and continued […]

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Francis Anquanah recently won the Ghanaian crown for the 7th time, but there is a future contender in Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong. The 8-year old recently won the African Online Chess Championship for the under-9 category. Taught by his father David Achempong at age four, he naturally gravitated toward chess in a nation where many […]

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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 […]

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Susan Namangale President of Malawi Chess Federation We’ve heard of “Queen of Katwe,” but what about “Queen of Lilongwe?” Malawi is making moves and is poised for a banner year with Susan Namangale at the helm. Two years ago she gave an interview to Africa Chess Media in which she gave her background and evolution […]

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Louisville, Kentucky will host their 2nd Annual Kwanzaa Chess Bowl during the weeklong festival. Lailah Hampton-El, Executive Director of Liberated Minds Homeschool Academy, posted a flyer announcing the event on Friday, January 1st, 2021 (New Years Day). The event was also announced in an article on WLKY.com which announced other Kwanzaa activities. Lailah Hampton-El at […]

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Dr. Lyndon Bouah with newly-released book, “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon Bouah. Dr. Lyndon Bouah is well-known in African chess circles, but specifically for being a longtime advocate for chess in South Africa. Dr. Bouah completed his doctorate at the University of the Western Cape in 2016 with the […]

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International Master Watu Kobese tells his story about his passion for chess in a Mazda ad.

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Yakini Tchouka 2020 Togo National ChampionPhoto by Togo Chess Federation Kim Bhari of Kenya Chess Masala reported on the Togo National Championships held a couple of weeks ago in Lome, the country’s capital. Yakini Tchouka won the 22-player even with an undefeated 5.5/6. Bhari reported that the La Base 57 Hotel situated in the town […]

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One of the most intriguing questions of late pertains to the chess rule of white moving first. With the introduction of this convention in the mid-1800s, was there some type of insidious plot to reinforce white’s superiority and black’s inferiority?

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