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Nigeria has plans to break through to produce their first Grandmaster and an official campaign was launched in February. One of the hopefuls in the Africa’s most populous nation is International Master Oladapo Adu. A long-time national team member, Adu spent a number of years in the U.S. before returning in 2016 to nurture chess […]

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On March 16th, the New York Times ran a story on Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a Nigerian boy whose family migrated to the U.S. for a better life. The story generated more than 400 comments. A follow-up story generated another 400 comments. “Homeless,” “refugee,” and “chess champion” are an unlikely combination of search words indeed, but the […]

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Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Nicholas Kristof Nigeria has long been one of Africa’s most heralded chess countries with an ambitious goal of producing the next generation of chess masters. Having already produced a number of International Masters, the country has recently launched a fundraising campaign to produce the first Grandmaster in history. There is a wealth […]

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Africa is a massive continent with approximately 1.2 billion inhabitants. It has an incredible amount of natural resource and breath-taking natural beauty. The 54 countries that represent the continent are diverse in their makeup and span a spectrum of many religions, cultures, languages and traditions. One tradition that has remained stable is friendly competitions. The […]

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Kolade Onabogun being interviewed by Tania Sachdev after round three.Photo by John Saunders (Gibchess) Die-hard chess players have an idea of the elite tournaments around the world, but there are few in which amateur players can brush shoulders with the elite brass. Besides the Olympiad, the Gibraltar Chess Open is one of the tournaments that […]

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When we hear of “child prodigy” in chess, we imagine Paul Morphy, Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer, Judit Polgar or current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In reality, there are very few that come along. As many chess players as have graced the 64 squares, each person started at the beginning… learning that the knight moved in […]

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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. With the emergence of Asian […]

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Young guns…FM Daniel Anwuli & Omishakin Praise Akinloluwa All photos by Boyo Paul Kehinde Lagos, Nigeria hosted the second MC satellite tournament with the defending champion IM Bunmi Olape attempting to defend his title. Nigeria is a country of 175 million inhabitants brimming with intellectual talent comparable to any country. However, a complicated past creates […]

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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 them needed experience for growing […]

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The young 16-year old Nigerian girl has enjoyed modest success but what she was able to share was worth more than the glory from her growing collection of medals. The articulate young girl was looking very smart in her school uninform as she confidently answwered qustions about her chess life and about why chess is […]

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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 to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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International Master Oladapo Adu and Toristsemuwa Ofowino are winners in their respective categories at the just concluded 2nd Ashtonwells Invitational Chess tournament held November 24th-30th at the Abraka Turf and Country Club in Oria, Delta State. Adu, who last won a major tournament early this year at the FIDE Zonal event in Togo was in […]

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Lekan Adeyemi, President, Nigeria Chess Federation gives opening remarks. The second of three Millionaire Chess Satellite tournaments in Africa was held at Chevron Event Centre in Gbagada, Lagos. The nine-round content concluded in Lagos this past weekend with an exciting playoff. The first round of the Lagos Millionaire Satellite Chess Festival saw Hermann Manan from […]

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Millionaire Chess Open is gearing up for its second edition in October with three very important events. Back in January it was announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) would support the MC mission by organizing three satellite tournaments in Africa. The first one was successfully held in Nairobi, Kenya and the second is […]

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Akinyele Akinseye A very important interview has been conducted by Nigeria’s Akinseye Akinleye of Lewis Ncube, the President of the African Chess Confederation (ACC). It covers a wide range of topics from the new structure of the African Championships (including automatic GM titles), the African Grand Prix and expansion to increase Africa’s federation membership from […]

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Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa Email: grahamjurg@gmail.com Contact: Sid Gandhi Position: Operations Manager – Millionaire Chess Email: support@millionairechess.com KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION AFRICA TO RUN MILLIONAIRE CHESS SATELLITE TOURNAMENTS IN 3 AFRICAN COUNTRIES January 29, 2015 – Millionaire Chess has announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) will organize […]

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There has been a wave of campaign activity in Africa which seems to be the region where candidates are focusing a lot of attention. It may be called “The Scramble for Africa“. A few months back there was a sparring match between incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and challenger Garry Kasparov over who had garnered the support […]

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Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by kasparov2014.com. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has been busy with his campaign for FIDE President having recently finished an Asian tour and an African tour. The Asian tour occurred during the World Chess Championship in November and the latter covered a […]

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Dear all, Please find below update on Garry Kasparov and the KCF’S visit to Nigeria. The team will arrive Abuja on the evening of Tursday, 30 January, 2014. They’re expected to meet the board of the NCF on the evening of Thursday 30 January at the Hilton Hotel Abuja. On Friday, 31 January, the combined […]

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Egypt’s IM Abdelrahman Hesham won the 1st LAGOS STATE CHESS CLASSICS International Open Chess Tournament topping four others with 6/7 on tiebreaks. According to Abiola Akinseye’s Facebook report, The final day of the Lagos state chess classic ended in some kind of anticlimax as the tournament leaders GM Dejan Antic of Serbia and IM Elijah […]

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