Africa

  • Black History Month 2022-Day 25: IM Watu Kobese

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 18: Queen Nefertari & Senet

    Chess enthusiasts around the world have enjoyed the game for centuries and are familiar with its Indian origins. However, there are alternate theories of how chess was spread. Some have suggested that chess played today descended from Africa. I have heard this suggestion made by chess enthusiasts based on a…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 13: GM Amon Simutowe

    If you were following chess in the early 2000s, there is a chance you may have heard of Zambia’s Amon Simutowe. I read about this rising talent on kasparovchess.com after coming across an article by South Africa’s Mark Rubery. After continuing to dig I realized I was already late in…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 10: The Moors of Spain

    One powerful piece of African history is often forgotten or ignored and it has a tremendous relationship to chess. It is known that the Moors brought the Persian variant “Shatranj” into Spain after the incursion of Tariq ibn-Ziyad. Tariq commanded his 7,000 soldiers across the strait into al-Andalus (modern-day Spain)…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 9: Robert Gwaze’s Gold!

    At this year’s 2022 Chess Olympiad in Moscow, Russia, we will commemorate the 20th year of Zimbabwean IM Robert Gwaze winning the gold medal for his 9/9 performance. This feat took place in the fall of 2002 in Bled, Slovenia, and sent triumphant tremors throughout the continent and the African…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 5: Wilbert Paige Memorial

    NM Wilbert Paige (1959-1994)Photo by Jerry Bibuld One of the most important chess events in Black history had to have been the Wilbert Paige Memorial. The tournament was held in honor of Philadelphia master Wilbert Paige who died in 1994 in his mid-30s. A product of West Philadelphia High School…

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  • Tunde Onakoya’s mission takes chess to Nigerian slums

    Tunde Onakoya’s mission to invigorate the Nigerian slum through chess has taken a grand leap. Three years ago, Tunde was in the news after writing of an adorable little girl named Basirat Ariyike. She became a symbol of what Onakoya was trying to achieve in his “Chess in Slums” initiative.…

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  • Belize, Dominica, Niger, and St. Vincent join FIDE

    A couple months ago, GM Nigel Short contacted The Chess Drum and mentioned that St. Vincent and the Grenadines would become a provisional FIDE member. At the 92nd General Assembly meeting, St. Vincent as well as Belize, Dominica and Niger became full FIDE members. St. Vincent & Grenadines Back in…

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  • Ncube discusses youth tourney on Kenya TV

    Elizabeth Cassidy scored 9/9 in the under-11 Girls section. Photo by KBC Sports Lewis Ncube, President of African Confederation of Chess, was recently featured on Kenya’s KBC Sports TV to discuss the recent Africa Schools Individual Chess Championship held in Nairobi. He discussed the impact of COVID on chess in…

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  • Chess brought before Kenyan Parliament

    Kenya has long been an active member of the international chess community over the years, but in the past decade, they have increased the profile of chess within the country. Chess Kenya has been promoting chess in underserved areas. TEAM KENYA with Ministry of Sports Most recently Fred Sagwe trekked…

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