Africa

  • 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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  • 2015 Zimbabwe Open (Harare, Zimbabwe)

    The 2015 Zimbabwe Open is currently taking place in the nation’s capital. The tournament has received the sponsorship of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and aspires to offer chances for the IM norm. The event will be taking place at the New Ambassador Hotel in Harare from 28th December until the…

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  • MiniChess hits Madagascar!

    Madagascar is the latest African nation to launch a nationwide chess program targeting the youth. Earlier this month Marisa van der Merve of Minichess launched an initiative in Kenya and last year in Lesotho. These initiatives are designed as a “train the trainer” seminars to roll out innovative techniques to…

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  • 2015 Tanzania Open (Dar es Salaam)

    Tanzania has gained momentum since their accession to FIDE last year. They held a very successful 2013 Tanzania Open and recently held the second edition in Dar es Salaam. The event attracted 42 players from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Yemen and India competed for for TShs 2,000,000…

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  • 2015 Kenyan National Championship

    Kenneth Omolo2015 National Champion Kenya’s top brass assembled for the 2015 National Chess Championship at Strathmore University, Madaraka Campus. Veteran Ken Omolo came out on top with 21 points (three points for win and one for draw) to collect 1st place and KSh21,000 (US$200.00). Omolo beat Mehul Gohil in the…

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  • Rwanda’s Ian Murara (13) rises!

    The New Times, “Chess: Thirteen-year-old Murara makes history,” 10 November 2015. With some luck on his side, Ian Murara, 13, defied the odds to make the top six winners of the national Championship Qualifiers, a seven round tournament that concluded at Hilltop Hotel on Sunday. The grade nine pupil at…

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  • MiniChess franchise in Kenya!

    Marisa van der Merve is taking her “MiniChess” initiative to Kenya! We reported some time ago about her launch in Lesotho and plans on launching a continent-wide initiative from its base in South Africa. Kasparov Chess has signed on as a partner. Below is a report written by Kasparov Chess…

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  • Adu triumphs in Nigeria!

    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…

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  • Life Stories: Interview with Phiona Mutesi

    Phiona Mutesi at the Women in the World Conference. (Wikipedia) A very interesting interview with Phiona Mutesi has been produced by NTV Uganda. This fascinating 41-minute video is serving as the precursor to the upcoming movie based on the biopic “Queen of Katwe“. The movie will star Academy award-winning actress…

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  • GM Zhu Chen on African tour!

    GM Zhu Chen The African Chess Confederation through the support of the World Chess Federation Women’s Commission has the honour of hosting the former World Woman Chess Champion Grand Master Zhu Chen from China. Grandmaster Zhu Chen is the former World Woman Chess Champion, she has reached the highest level…

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