• 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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  • African Chess made strides in 2015

    After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing…

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  • Ilyumzhinov in Togo and Cameroon

    Two candidates for FIDE President have been criss-crossing the continent of Africa vying for critical votes in a continent that is often fractured and does not always vote as a bloc. Seems like a common ritual every four years when the election campaign heats up. The current FIDE President Kirsan…

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  • Chess in Togo!

    Togo delegation at the General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Togo is a very modest country of 6.7 million sandwiched between Ghana and Benin. It is a country known primarily for it cocoa, but they are now known for something else… a budding chess community. I met…

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