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Maurice Ashley seems to be making Africa his third home. The Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-bred chess impresario has been making his rounds on the Africa continent (Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire) for the past several years and making a mark in the process. This year in May, he came to Abidjan, Côte […]

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The New Orleans Film Society presents its lineup for the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival. This arena is to showcase the talent of filmmakers and to bring to light many fascinating stories that would otherwise go untold. Chess is one such activity that has as many stories as there are players. There is a film […]

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Egypt still Valley of Kings and Queens! Bassem Amin sings Egyptian anthem.Photo by Mohamed Bounaji Going into the popular blitz segment, everyone knew the Egyptians would be tough to beat. However, Africa has many strong blitzers throughout the continent and the Internet has made it more popular than ever. Who would be able to unseat […]

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Egypt Double Gold in Rapids! In individual rapid event at #AfricanGames2019 OpenGM Ahmed Adly Egypt ?? GOLD ?GM Bassem Amin Egypt ?? SILVER ?FM Harold Wanyama Uganda ?? BRONZE ? WomenWGM Shrook Wafa Egypt ?? GOLD ?WFM Lorita Mwango Zambia ?? SILVER ?WIM Sabrina Letreche Algeria ?? BRONZE ? pic.twitter.com/raxfHom1SO — Daaim Shabazz (@thechessdrum) August […]

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IM Kassa Korley in CopenhagenPhoto by xtraconchessopen.dk IM Kassa Korley has been charting a course to the coveted GM title since graduating from Duke University a few years ago. After earning his first GM norm last June, he has recently played in a series of tournaments and his hard work is beginning to pay off. […]

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Moiseenko-Korley, Xtracon Open 2019After 19.Rad1, Korley played 19…Re5!!! IM Kassa Korley has been trying to find his groove for the past year in search of stability in his GM pursuit. He is currently in Denmark playing in the Xtracon Chess Open (Helsingør, Denmark) and played an absolute brilliant game in round four (July 22nd). His […]

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IM-elect Josh ColasPhoto courtesy of Webster University (SPICE) Josh Colas just finished his junior year at Webster University and has begun a series of tournaments in Europe. Colas has a GM norm and two IM norms needing only to reach 2400 to have the IM title conferred. He is looking to add to his collection […]

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In what has become somewhat of a tradition on the continent of Africa, the Egyptian’s major haul in continental championships continued in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Republic of Egypt took five of the six medals in the Open and Women’s African Individual Championships over the past week and cemented their status as the African Lion. From […]

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OPEN Ahmed Adly wins the 2019 African Individual Championship!Bassem Amin takes the silver… El-Gindy bronze! There were a lot of combinations in terms of the medal race, but in the end, everyone knew an Egyptian Grandmaster would be on the gold medal stand. The question was, “Would it be Adly or Amin?” GM Ahmed Adly […]

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Round #8:Shrook Wafa wins the 2019 African Women’s Championship!! Shrook Wafa is the 2019 African Women’s champion! In what has been a truly dominating performance, the 22-year old Egyptian wins her 3rd continental title winning consecutively in 2013 and 2014. Mabrouk! Photo courtesy of Babatunde Ogunsiku (Africa Chess Media) WOMEN It appears that the Egyptians […]

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Round #7:Adly storms into the lead… Rakotomaharo upsets Bellahcene, moves in joint 2nd with Amin…Shrook held, Latreche closes gap OPEN There is no odds-on favorite to win the 2019 edition of the African Individual Championship. The story of the day has to be the young IM from Madagascar Fy Rakotomaharo who stands as one of […]

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Round #6:Amin on a roll, crushes Fawzy… Adly back in the huntShrook devastating field, 6/6 OPEN Another exciting round of chess. Three of the top seeds are back on course and are sitting atop the field with 5/6. The situation may favor Ahmed Adly since he has already played three of the top seeds. He […]

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Round #5:Amin beats Adly moves back into joint first… Shrook Wafa on 5/5 OPEN GM Hesham Abdelrahman has exited the tournament after five rounds. The 2016 African Champion suffered three losses and one can only imagine that something is not well with the Egyptian player. Takaedza Chipanga of Zimbabwe also exited the tournament after forfeiting […]

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Round #4:Adly and Shrook win… both lead the field on 4/4 OPEN Tunisia is sizzling right now. It is not the heat of the weather, but it is the action at Hotel Caribbean. After the top seed went down yesterday, the player who beat lost to Ahmed Adly leaving him with the only perfect score. […]

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Round #3:Tournament heats up… top seed Bassem Amin goes down! OPEN It was “Fire on Board” at the 2019 African Championships as the top two boards saw titanic struggles lead to decisive results. Amin-Ballahcene and Hamdouchi-Adly represented three different generations of chess. GM Bassem Amin battling upstart GM Bilel BallahcenePhoto by Tunisian Chess Federation Last […]

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