Mr Charles Lorng, the man who will manage the local operations of MiniChess Côte d'Ivoire has arrived in South Africa for 2 months of intensive training. Cote d'Ivoire is one of the four African countries selected for support by KCF Francophone and the country has elected to adopt the MiniChess program to drive the development of the game of chess within their local schools.

MiniChess Cote d'Ivoire has now been successfully registered as a separate legal entity and will have a permanent staff compliment and a team of trainers. This team will be responsible for popularizing the game of chess in schools throughout the country.

Charles arrived in South Africa on Sunday 15 May and spent his first week in the field working at 4 different schools that form part of the Spark group. He will also be spending time in the MiniChess head office in Pretoria where he will get hands on experience with the of running a local MiniChess business.

Charles is scheduled to stay in South Africa for almost two months and during which time he will also attend the Minichess Business Symposium and Color Accounting course. He is working directly for the founder of the MiniChess franchise, Mrs Marisa van der Merwe which should ensure that he acquires the necessary skills to preside over the destinies of the children of Cote d'Ivoire.

Côte d'Ivoire is the first country in French-speaking West Africa to acquire a MiniChess franchise and will hopefully pave the way for roll-outs in many other West Africa countries in the near future.

We welcome Charles to South Africa and wish him luck with the training!