2015 African Individual Championship (Cairo, Egypt)
The African continental championship has begun in Cairo, Egypt in the “Land of Kings and Queens”. With two spots up for grabs at World Cup qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 2013 field is headlined by the Egyptian GMs Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly from a total of 54 players…Read More »
2013 African Junior Championships (Tiaret, Algeria)
The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were…Read More »
Things heating up at World Team ’13!!
Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune…Read More »
2013 World Team Championship (Antalya, Turkey)
While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is…Read More »
Egypt’s Adly denied travel to World Cup!
GM Ahmed AdlyPhoto from https://chess.ugrasport.com. BREAKING NEWS! In what is clearly a disappointing development for Egyptian chess, GM Ahmed Adly was unable to receive clearance to participate in the 2013 World Cup which starts on August 10th in Tromso, Norway. Adly was prevented from traveling due to an obligatory service…Read More »
Amin, Wafa… 2013 African Champions!!
WIM Shrook Wafa and GM Bassem Amin(2013 African Champions) Home to the “Hannibal of Carthage” lore, the beautiful and historic Tunisia hosted the 2013 African Individual Chess Championships. Players from nine African countries were competing for three qualifying spots for the World Cup in Tromso, Norway this November. After nine…Read More »
Shoker wins subzonal 4.2…Emojong stars
IM Samy ShokerPhoto taken from Wikipedia. When is it possible to get +6 (7.5/9) in a tournament and not win? When you are playing in the African Zone 4.2 and playing in the same field as Samy “The Shocker” Shoker. That’s exactly what happened in Egypt when the French-Egyptian overcame…Read More »
Egypt’s Shoker shocks for GM norm!
Going into the 2011 World Team Championship, Egypt may have had modest goals against a strong field. What ensued appeared to be disastrous, but the tournament had a high point for Egypt. First, each player on the Egyptian team would face Grandmasters (GMs) every single round. It is rare that…Read More »
Armenia seeking to hold off field
Armenia has garnered great success in the past several years in team play and hope to continue the trend today as the 2011 World Team tournament goes into its final four rounds. The Olympiad champions from 2006 and 2008, Armenia has always had tremendous team chemistry which helps when trust…Read More »
2011 World Team Championship (Ningbo, China)
The bienniel World Team Championships will commence with round one on Sunday, July 17th. The ten teams are comprised of host China, Russia (defending champion), Ukraine, Israel Hungary (2010 Olympiad finishers), Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, USA (the continental champions) and Armenia (nomination from FIDE President). The field will prove to be…Read More »