The 2017 Kinshasa Open took place over the weekend of 24 - 25 June and was run by the Congo Chess Federation (FECOJEC) with support from KCF Africa and Bralima.

The event is one of the smaller annual tournaments we support on an annual basis but it is very important to the local chess federation which continues to try and grow the game in the country.

The DRC is one of the largest countries in Africa and its sheer size makes it logistically challenging to attract international players. Despite this, there are a number of strong local players who are based within the capital city of Kinshasa.

The 5 round tournament was played as an open swiss event and it attracted 18 participants. It was won with a perfect score of 5/5 by FM Willy Mimbasa who lived up to his reputation as the only titled player from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We wish to recognize the ongoing work of Mr Guy Esungi and his team at FECOJEC and we thank Mr Dady Katungulu who officiated at the tournament.