Botswana

  • Baku 2016: The Africans are Coming!

    >Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America.…

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  • Naledi Marape: Botswana’s rising talent

    Botswana’s Naledi Marapa Photo courtesy of The Midweek Sun. Some months back there was story about an adorable chess player out of Botswana named Naledi Marape… and adorable she is! The young player was the subject of articles in local newspapers about her accomplishments as a 9-year old promising player.…

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  • 2016 Africa Chess Calendar is out!

    African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get…

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  • African Chess made strides in 2015

    After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing…

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  • Oatlhotse wins Millionaire Satellite in S. Africa!

    The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a…

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  • Katinsenge top sport administrator in Botswana

    Keenese Katisenge The Public Relations Director of Botswana Chess Federation was crowned the administrator of the year by Botswana National Sports Council. Ms. Keenese Katisenge won the award after she was nominated along side two other administrators. She is highly credited for being instrumental in the promotion of chess in…

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  • Chess in Burkina Faso

    Chess seems to be making a foray into Francophone Africa, a place that is home to many strategy games, but especially draughts. Burkina Faso joined FIDE in Tromso, Norway becoming one of the latest nations to join the fraternity of chess nations. Like many places, the Burkinabè chess community started…

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  • Millionaire Chess Open: Day Two

    Yu Yangyi on 4/4 after Day Two… Five GMs on 3.5/5 Webster University: Susan Polgar, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Ray Robson, GM Wesley So, IM Aswin Jayaram Webster University came in full-force to the Millionaire Chess Open with several players including world’s #14 Wesley So, Le Quang Liem and…

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  • The Legacy of the “Black Knight”

    Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and hard-scrabble activities give a forum to many creative personalities… one of which is chess. Washington, DC is known as the nation’s capitol, but…

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  • FIDE Women’s Commission busy in Africa

    There are many debates circulating in the chess world about its direction and that will be the emphasis in the coming months as the FIDE Presidential election picks up steam. One of the important questions that always seems to get attention is the plight of women in chess. While the…

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