Senegal crowns national chess champion!
Back in December, when the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Senegal was hosting its National Open qualifier to determine who would compete in the National Championships. The seven-round Open Swiss tournament attracted 44 participants and had a time control of 60 minutes. The event took place at the…Read More »
Senegalese chess forging ahead during COVID-19 crisis
Since 2016, Senegal has been riding the chess wave of momentum seen on the African continent. Francophone Africa has been making quite a bit of inroads in countries where draughts has a more prominent following. The Federation Senegalaise des Echecs or “FESEC” is currently led by Mr. Amadou Lamine Cissé…Read More »
Baku 2016: The Africans are Coming!
>Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America.…Read More »
Senegal relaunches chess in 2016!
Senegal is the home of many strong draughts players including a former world champion, Baba Sy. While chess is played in Senegal and goes all the way back to the Almoravids (Moors), there have been many variants of the game on the continent. It leads some to believe that chess…Read More »
2016 Africa Chess Calendar is out!
African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get…Read More »
West African feds support Kasparov2014
Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by kasparov2014.com. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has been busy with his campaign for FIDE President having recently finished an Asian tour and an African tour. The Asian tour occurred during the World Chess Championship in November…Read More »
GM Baba Sy: World Checkers Champion
I have written a few stories about draughts (checkers) on The Chess Drum. What is amazing is that players of African ancestry have a formidable presence in the game with many Grandmasters in French-speaking Africa. One of the best players ever is Baba Sy (pronounced “see”), a Senegalese master who…Read More »