• 13th All-African Games (Accra, Ghana)

    The recently concluded All-African Games were held in Ghana’s capital, Accra, and chess was one of the events. The last event was held in 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Chess Drum has covered previous editions of the All-African Games, and this event attracted 18 countries. Top African players, including Grandmasters…

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  • Amadou Lamine Cisse, President of Senegalese Chess Federation

    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…

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  • Federation Senegalaise des Echecs or “FESEC”

    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…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • West African feds support Kasparov2014

    Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by 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…

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  • 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…

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