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The Cameroonian chess community is currently organizing two tournaments on July 27th-July 29th. Jean-Baka Domelevo-Entfellner contacted chess organizations and presented the conditions. He has made an envoy to the Kenya and stated,

"I've been spending a few days in Nairobi and I've met Ben Magana, one of the strongest players in Kenya that some of you already know. It is now highly probable that six Kenyan players are going to join us for this event. Mr. Magana is amongst them"

Mr. Domelevo-Entfellner stated that there will be two events: a "Cameroonian Masters" with the strongest players and will be FIDE-rated. However, the Open tournament may not be eligible for FIDE classification.


He expects approximately 20 to 25 participants in the Masters tourney and hopes for 60 players in the Open. Both tournaments will be seven rounds, 90 minutes per player for the whole game in the Masters, approximately 60 minutes per player in the Open. Players from Nigeria are also expected to attend.

Accomodation: first-class hotel for 20.000 CFA per person per day, full board, transportation to and from the venue included:

(Masters) 1st 200,000 CFA, 2nd 100,000 CFA, 3rd 50,000 CFA
(Open) 1st 80,000 CFA  2nd 40,000 CFA 3rd 25,000 CFA

Exchange Rates: CFA 489.06 = $US1.00; CFA 655.96=€1.00; CFA 969.90= £1.00 (18 June 2007)

Organizing Committee

  • Jean-Baka Domelevo-Entfellner +237 96 63 48 59 (Orange) or +237 74 72 90 90 (MTN)
  • Col. Nguele-Viang, President of Yaoundé Chess Club and Arbiter, +237 77 95 04 14 (MTN), also English-speaking
  • Pierre Makem, 1st Vice-President: +237 99 59 66 27 (Orange)
  • Benjamin Banlock, 2nd Vice-President: +237 96 32 33 49 (Orange)
  • Jean-Louis Palla, Marketing and Public Relations: +237 99 88 00 10 (Orange).

Domelevo-Entfellner has offered to help with visa requirements but requests that all names should be submitted. He will send letters on behalf of the Yaoundé Chess Club, and official and fully-recognized association. This letter may be necessary for the visa application.  Contact Jean-Baka Domelevo-Entfellner  at

Posted by The Chess Drum: 18 June 2007