18:06, Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

The management team of MiniChess Cote d’Ivoire has recently completed a series of 4 refresher training sessions which were held on the 19th and 30th November as well as the 1st and 2nd December 2017. The sessions focused on refresher training for the qualified MiniChess trainers who will be responsible for the roll-out of the program in the country.

Mr Charles LORNG, the Director General of MiniChess Cote d’Ivoire has also been actively visiting the pilot schools with representatives of the Ministry of Education. They recently visited the 4 public primary schools in Yopougon– to the delight of more than 400 learners that will benefit from the program.
They also visited schools in Marcory and Port Bouet which have additional schools that will benefit more than 150 children each.

The launch of MiniChess is causing considerable excitement in the Cote d'Ivoire and we welcome the involvement of the local Ministry of Education who has embraced the MiniChess program from the outset.

KCF Africa wishes all trainers well as they commence the first lessons in the weeks that lie ahead.

18:38, Monday, 27th November, 2017

The final two rounds of the 2017 Swaziland Open were concluded yesterday morning and were swiftly followed by the blitz event which was contested over 7 rounds in the afternoon.

The open section title came down to the wire and was eventually shared between CM Musa Simutowe from Zambia and Joseph Mwale of Malawi. Both scored an impressive 5.5/6 to earn a share of the winner's spoils. CM Donaldo Paiva from Mozambique beat his compatriot Milton Botoa in the 6th and final round to end on 5/6 and secure 3rd place on his own.

The same 4 players were to feature prominently in the blitz event as well. In this case it was CM Musa Simutowe and CM Donaldo Paiva who cam out on top however. Both scored 6/7 to edge out Joseph and Milton who ended in a tie for 3rd place with 5.5/7 each.

The top placed Swazi player in the open section was the consistent Fungai Matahwa who has also featured prominently in the Phela Live tournament held earlier in the year. The blitz event also unearthed a new local talent in the form of Keith Dube who recorded an excellent 5/7 to end in 5th place overall in this section. Keith is currently unrated but has immediately established himself as a player to look out for in the future.

The development section was played in parallel with the main event and featured 20 local emerging players. In this section, Simphiwe Dlamini and Fakudze Nduduzo shared first place with 5/6 each.

Full results from all three sections as well as players rating adjustments can now be accessed at http://chess-results.com/tnr317077.aspx?lan=1

KCF Africa would specifically like to thank the Swaziland National Sports & Recreation Council for the financial support they provided to the tournament. It is very encouraging to see chess receiving support at this level from the official national sports body and we hope to be able to partner with them for future events as well.

19:16, Sunday, 26th November, 2017

The 2017 Tanzania Open has come to an end in Dar es Salaam and congratulations are once again due to IM Elijah Emojong from Uganda.

Elijah put in a dominant performance to secure 6.5 points from his 7 games and win the event by a full point ahead of local CM Yusuf Mdoe who capped an impressive outing with a fine win in the final round over Kenya's Githinji Hinga.

Hinga was the only player who was able to hold Elijah to a draw and had looked set to secure second place until this final round loss. Githinji ended up in a 4 way tie for third place with FM Haruna Nsubuga but Haruna ultimately took the final podium position after winning his final round game.

KCF would like to thank CM Nurdin Hassuji and FA Duke Machieka who together oversaw the organisation of another fine event.

The final results and standings are posted at

10:09, Sunday, 26th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open is currently also under way at the St Juliana Conference Centre in Manzini, Swaziland.

The event has attracted a record number of visiting federations (8) and see players from Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Botswana participating.

The tournament includes a 6 round FIDE Rated Classical Section, a development section, and a 7 Round FIDE Rated Blitz.

At the end of round 5, Zambia's CM Musa Simutowe and Malawian number 1 Joseph Mwale are tied at the top with 4.5/5 each.

Musa will be facing off against Richard Mbedza on board 1 in the final round while Joseph has the tough task of winning with black against Zimbabwe's Elisha Chimbamu. Board 3 will see a clash between the Mozambique duo of Donaldo Paiva and Milton Botao with both needing a win to end amongst the top prizes.

Results and final round pairings are available at

The blitz tournament will take place this afternoon as soon as the 6th round of the classical tournament is over.

16:53, Saturday, 25th November, 2017

A successful day of junior events has come to an end in Tanzania and we wish to congratulate the various winners.

The Under 8 section was won by Ansh Sareen and Niya Vinay who both ended with 5/6. The Under 10 section was similarly shared on the same 5/6 score between Nishit Sai and Chauhan Adi.

Both the Under 12 and U18 sections saw perfect 6/6 scores recorded however. Aditya Bhattbhatt emerged victorious in the U12 section and Cleophas Charles did the same in the U18's.

At the time of writing the key match between IM Elijah Emojong and Githinji Hinga is still ongoing and remains a tight contest. The open event will be decided tomorrow with the final round scheduled to commence at 15.30pm local time on Sunday afternoon.

The final results from the juniors sections can now be accessed at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1
The open section is also being updated live as results come in from round 4

07:48, Saturday, 25th November, 2017

The Tanzania Open has reached the half way stage and takes a small break this morning as the juniors take center stage. There are a total of 4 separate junior sections which have attracted a combined total of 62 children. This is a great turnout for the Tanzania Chess Federation and a result of the outstanding efforts of the entire TCF team.

Round 4 of the open section saw an important result on board 1 as IM Elijah Emojong defeated FM Haruna Nsubuga to take the sole lead on 4/4. Elijah will face former Chess Kenya chairman Githinji Hinga in round 5 in what could be the deciding game of the tournament.

Haruna also remains in the hunt and will play Tanzania's Emmanuel Mwaisumbe on board 2. William Kangwa of Zambia will complete the top 3 matches with a game against TCF Secretary General CM Nurdin Hassuji on board 3.

The round 5 pairings and all results to date are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=5&flag=30&wi=821

19:36, Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

Day one of the Tanzania Open has seen a fairly predictable set of results with the rating favorites progressing relatively easily in the early going.The only major upset occurred on board 4 in the second round where the local player Athuman Shiza (1609) defeated Lars Moller Larsen (1965) from Denmark.

Six players have had a perfect start of 2/2 and they will compete on the top 3 boards with the following pairings for round 3:
1 Pablo Rodriguez 1934 vs IM Elijah Emojong 2333
2 FM Haruna Nsubuga (2207) vs Geoffrey Mwanyika (1763) 3 Athuman Shiza (1609) vs Githinji Hinga (2119)

Games from this point forward should be more evenly matched with the fight for the top places likely to take place in rounds 5 and 6.

Results and pairings for round 3 are now available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=3&flag=30&wi=821

08:03, Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

The 2017 Tanzania Open is now under way at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam and has attracted representatives from Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Denmark, Spain and India in addition to the host country.

The Ugandan duo of IM Elijah Emojong and FM Haruna Nsubuga will start as strong favorites but could be challenged by Kenya's Githinji Hinga who has also made the trip from Nairobi.

The open field consists of 28 players and this is expected to be supplemented by more than 50 juniors who have already signed up to compete in the various junior sections over the weekend. These numbers are very encouraging for the Tanzania Chess Federation which is actively focusing on the development of their youth.

The tournament is being run in conjunction with both the Tanzania Chess Federation and the Tanzania Chess Foundation and the chief arbiter is FA Duke Michieka from Kenya.

Results can be followed at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1

We wish all players the best of luck and we look forward to watching the event unfold over the next 4 days.

13:48, Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

A reminder that this coming weekend sees two separate KCF events running in Tanzania and Swaziland respectively.

The Tanzanian event takes the form of a 7-round open swiss while the event in Swaziland will feature a 6 round open swiss followed by a blitz tournament.

Both are being run as regional events and have attracted strong players from East Africa and Southern Africa respectively. The latest players lists are published on the respective tournament website at the following links
Tanzania: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1
Swaziland: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr315519.aspx?lan=1

Entries for both events are still possible but will be closing soon so players that wish to participate are asked to contact the local event organizers asap. Links to both tournament brochures are available from the KCF Tournament page at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

We look forward to watching the games and we wish both federations well as they finalize the preparations for their respective events