• 2024 African Individual Chess Championships (Accra, Ghana)

    The 2024 African Individual Chess Championships (AICC) have begun! Twenty-four countries have assembled in Accra-Ghana to compete for glory, titles, and spots in the World Cup. Only days after the chess competition of the All-African Games had concluded, the continental championship attracted 42 open players (12 from host Ghana) and…

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  • 13th All-African Games (Accra, Ghana)

    The recently concluded All-African Games were held in Ghana’s capital, Accra, and chess was one of the events. The last event was held in 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Chess Drum has covered previous editions of the All-African Games, and this event attracted 18 countries. Top African players, including Grandmasters…

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  • African nations at Chennai Olympiad!

    African nations traveling to the 2022 Chess Olympiad have traditionally been up to the mark in colorful outfits. This Olympiad will feature a “best dressed” contest. It’s a very interesting, but perhaps tricky idea to compare cultural expressions, but one thing for sure is that African nations will be a…

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  • Acheampong is Africa’s under-9 champ!

    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…

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  • Anquandah, Felix… Ghanaian chess champions!

    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…

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  • IM Oladapo Adu in Danane, CIV

    Adu’s living nightmare after zonal 4.2… now stranded!

    IM Oladapo Adu at the Liberian border, the day before a torturous journey across two countries by bus, by foot, by motorbike, and canoe. As they crossed the border of Ghana, they were met with armed patrol with guns drawn! Photo by Oladapo Adu. Nigeria’s Oladapo Adu competed in the…

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  • Ghana Chess on GBC News

    Ghana Chess on GBC News during COVID-19

    Interview with chess personalities Philip Ameku and Joe Ditse on GBC News in Ghana

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  • Fawzy, Pires win titles at 2019 African Juniors!

    The 2019 African Junior Championship was an exciting event with the results very much in doubt until the last round. In general, the tournament is usually dominated by a singular talent, but in this year’s event, the top-seeds had to hold off the competition until the very end. WFM Luiza…

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  • African Juniors 2019 going down to the wire!

    FM Massinas Djabri winning over the front runner makes things more interesting. Photo by Babatunde Ogunsiku (African Chess Media) Accra, Ghana has just gotten a bit hotter from the excitement of the penultimate round. The Open Section is undecided as the frontrunner Fy Rakotomaharo (2428) was beaten by Algerian FIDE…

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  • 2019 African Junior Championship (Accra, Ghana)

    Africa rounds out the year showcasing its young talent as the African Junior Championship opens on October 25th. The hotbed of draughts (10×10 checkers) on continent, West Africa is one of the regions looking to increase its profile in chess. Ghana has had a very active 2015 hosting the subzonal…

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