Africa

  • GM Kenny Solomon launches book!

    South African Grandmaster Kenny Solomon has collaborated with Dr. Lyndon Bouah to present his autobiography titled, My Game Plan: My Quest to Become a Chess Grandmaster. There will be a ZOOM book launch at 20:35 CET (14:35 EST). Here is his Facebook message:Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce the…

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  • Tani Adewumi gets second IM norm!

    Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation In late April, Tanitoluwa Adewumi earned his first IM norm and yesterday he earned a second. Tani earned the norm at the New York Summer Invitational where topped the field with 7/9 edging out Nakada Akira who finished with 6.5. Now the top-rated…

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  • Tony Ballard’s Powerful Chess Testimony

    Tony Ballard’s life has been one of turmoil, but chess has become a source of balance during his period of incarceration. Ballard is serving a 294-month sentence for attempted murder, but recently gave one of the most powerful testimonies of the rehabilitative properties of chess. Grandmasters will often be asked…

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  • FIDE Election tickets certified, African ticket out

    The FIDE Electoral Commission released its report in certifying the tickets for the August 7th election. Five tickets were submitted and four were certified. The only ticket that was disqualified was Enyonam Sewa Fumey of Togo who failed to secure European support. Four European-led tickets qualified and the lone African…

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  • Togolese Chess on fire at Rapid/Blitz!

    Togo is a country of some eight million with a growing chess-playing segment. With its Founder and President on hand to welcome the players and guests, the Togo Chess Federation also had Dr. Lieutenant-Colonel Lidi Bessi-Kama bless the event. FIDE Presidential candidate Noel Enyonam Fumey was also in the building…

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  • IM Eugenio Campos at IPCA

    International Master Eugenio Campos is a long-time Olympian from Angola. Recently, he represented the country at the IPCA (International Physically Disabled Chess Association) tournament in Ashdod, Israel and placed a respectable 5/9. It is a tournament that he has participated in for the past decade. He has also represented his…

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  • Somalia finalizes team for 2022 Olympiad

    The Somali Chess Federation had successfully finalized the Olympiad qualifying chess tournament that was held in Mogadishu between 17/05/2022 to 22/05/2022. The event was organized in a professional manner and 10 chess players had participated in the tournament. CM Ali Farah 1st, FM Omar Abdulrahman 2nd, CM Islam Shiekh 3th,…

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  • Daniel Cawdery wins South African Championship

    IM Daniel Cawdery won his second national title by edging out the field of contemporaries including former national champions and the country’s lone Grandmaster. The tournament took place May 7-14, 2022 in the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. GM Kenny Solomon and IM Daniel Cawdery with a…

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  • Togo’s Fumey will stand for FIDE President

    The chess community on the African continent is buzzing at the news of Enyonam Sewa Noël Fumey announcing his candidacy for FIDE President. According to the FIDE press release, Fumey notified current FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich of his intentions. There was also this plea of inclusivity: “FIDE machine is working…

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  • First IM norm for Tani Adewumi!

    FIDE Master Tani Adewumi is growing up right before our eyes. He recently notched the first of three required “norms” for the title of International Master. It was only three years ago that the story broke of an 8-year-old winning the New York Scholastic State Title. A New York Times…

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