Africa

  • 2008 Reykjavik Open features Carlsson, Simutowe!

    Having finished the Málaga Open with a good performance, GM Pontus Carlsson heads to Reykjavik, Iceland to compete in the Reyjavik Open. IM Amon Simutowe will also be in the field. Last year, the Reykjavik Open featured a motivated Emory Tate. Apparently Tate will sit just one out, but Reykjavik…

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  • Odion Aikhoje launches blog!

    Nigerian IM Odion Aikhoje has launched a very interesting blog which features everything from chess to recipes! He also has a nice collection of photos at several major events including the All Africa Games and the Olympiad. Aikhoje told me that he is in London, England studying in a Sports…

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  • African Origins of Chess?

    Exhibit at U.S. Chess Hall of Fame on the ancient Egyptian game, Senet. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz. Dr. Joseph Bailey, II has recently penned an article titled, “Chess Originated in Africa.” We have all heard this before, but let us be specific! For example, Bailey states in his essay,…

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  • Black History Month (2008)

    Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana) February is “Black History Month” and although we should celebrate history all year around February is the month that we pay special tribute to Black pioneers in the U.S. Over the years, my standing issue is that we are often presented with histories only of U.S.…

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  • Peace Flags… Kenya

    Alex Makatia and Issac Babu Odiah (both of Kenya) at 2004 Chess Olympiad (Mallorca, Spain). Photo by Daaim Shabazz. As you all know, the country of Kenya is gripped in a tragic crisis. While not going into specific details, the nation is literally being torn asunder. Kenya, one of Africa’s…

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  • 2008 Botswana National Championship

    Kenneth Boikhutswane, “Chess Season Kicks Off,” Mmegi/The Reporter, 25 January 2008 (Gaborone, Botswana). The 2008 chess season kicks-off tomorrow at Naledi Secondary School with the first round of the national championships. The event marks the first step in what is likely to be a rigorous battle to the national crown.…

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  • South Africa’s ChessCube.com

    Mark Levitt of South Africa sent me a message about chesscube.com, an all-purpose chess website that includes gaming, news, blogs, forum and other features. He states, I wanted to highlight www.ChessCube.com, a chess initiative started in Cape Town, South Africa. ChessCube is a free playing site, with a strong social…

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  • Ugandan Chess in Crisis

    Sande Bashaija & Lambert Rusoke, “Cash Crisis Hurts Chess ,” The Monitor, 3 January 2008 (Kampala, Uganda). There were some tremendous individual performances but financial hiccups continued to hinder the development of chess in 2007. The Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) was throughout the year rocked in a financial quagmire that…

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  • 2007 African Junior Championship (Malawi)

    News just in from chessalee blog… Kareim Wageih of Egypt won the African Junior Championship in Malawi. He scored 7/9 in a tournament with a field of 23 players. Calvin Klaasen of South Africa was second on 6.5/9. There were four players knotted with 5.5/9 including Melissa Greef who is the…

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  • Questions about Botswana Chess

    Top African chess journalist Kenneth Boikhutswane wrote a very interesting article which points to many of the problems concerning African chess. The story raised the question of why Botswana, one of Africa’s most economically stable countries, was not sending a contingent to the 2007 African Junior Championship held in Malawi last…

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