Africa

  • Black Girls in Chess: Keeping Men in Check!

    clockwise (l-r): Boikhutso Mudongo (Botswana), Medina Parrilla (USA), Sabrina Chevannes (England), Brianna Conley (USA), Deborah Richards (Jamaica), Jessica Wamala (USA). Women’s chess has come a long way since the days of old when the only women at a tournament were spouses. In 2005, many more females can be found “behind…

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  • Historic Moments: Africans in the 2004 FIDE World Championship

    Clockwise (L-R) GM Hichem Hamdouchi (Morocco), IM Amon Simutowe (Zambia), IM Ahmed Adly (Egypt) and IM-elect Kenny Solomon (South Africa). The Dawn of a New Beginning The 2004 FIDE World Knockout Championship was a historic event for many reasons. First, it is the next step toward unification; secondly, the tournament…

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  • Simutowe in Nigeria!

    My Trip to Nigeria by IM Amon Simutowe IM Amon Simutowe I have developed great interest in what really makes chess players perform well. Our Chess Program is headed by Dr. Tim Redman. He insists on good diet and physical exercise as the best factors to improve our performance. He…

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  • Egypt takes Team Gold!

    Egypt takes Team Gold! Playing Site… Agura Hotel Bolstered by a solid team of International Masters, Egypt  held the lead throughout and coasted to a gold medal performance at the 8th All-Africa Games with 31½ match points; Algeria took thebronze with 28½; Zambia took the bronze with 27.  IM Fouad…

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  • The Rising Stars of Africa

    Africa has long produced strong players, but lack of exposure and training resources prevented many from reaching their full potential. Manuel Mateus and Pedro Aderito of Angola earned their IM titles at a young age, but their talents have gone largely unnoticed. IM Watu Kobese has also struggled to find…

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  • Historic Moments: Country Spotlight… Mauritius

    Mauritius is one of those islands that one does not hear about often, but it is not because it is not a beautiful place. The picturesque island sits off the Africa’s east coast and is well-known for tourism and for tea. What the chess world has discovered is since 1986…

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  • Historic Moments: Ancient Chess in Africa!

    “Algers–Negres jouant aux Echecs” The undated postcard is loosely translated “Algers-Blacks playing chess.” Of course, in French “échecs” does not necessarily refer to “chess,” but could refer to other board games such a warri, ayò, or draughts. Pictured are four men playing what looks like a precursor to contemporary chess.…

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  • Reflections on the Wilbert Paige Memorial

    The 2nd Harlem Renaissance!!All photos Daaim Shabazz (The Chess Drum) On the 13 July 2001, 10 players of African descent traveled to historic Harlem to help fulfill a dream for many. The Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament, which had been conceived months earlier by Dr. Jones Murphy Jr. and put together…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #9

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #9 Tuesday, 23 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: The heat is on for two players in the penultimate round of the Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament! Both FM William “The Exterminator” Morrison and NM Norman “Pete” Rogers will have to come…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #8

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #8 (Monday, 22 July 2001) Exchanging and getting autographs… classic moment!Bob Ali getting autograph from Amon Simutowe Wilbert Paige Memorial players and commentators. Seated (L-R) IM Amon Simutowe, NM Grace Nsubuga, GM Maurice Ashley (commentator), FM Ronald Simpson, IM…

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