The Chess Federation of Cote d'Ivoire (FIDEC) will be partnering with KCF Africa and KCF Francophone to run a major team invitational tournament in Abidjan from 26 - 29 October. Teams from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, and all other interested chess federations in the West Africa/ECOWAS region are invited to participate.

The event forms part of the series of 15 global tournaments which are being organized by the Kasparov Chess Foundation to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the founding of the original Kasparov Chess Foundation in New York City.

The tournament will be held at the Olympic Village of the Francophonie Games in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from Thursday 26th October until Sunday 29th October 2017. It features two separate events, namely:
1. A Team Invitational (FIDE Rated - Classical); and
2. An Open Swiss Rapid (FIDE Rated Rapid).

A FIDE Arbiters Training Seminar is also being arranged in parallel with the main tournament. The seminar will be run by IA Stephen Boyd and will be conducted in both English and French. The test at the end of the seminar will also be administered in both languages to allow individuals throughout the West African region to participate and qualify as FIDE Arbiters.

Details of the seminar including the full schedule are available on the FIDE Arbiters website at

The tournament brochures are also now published in both English and French and can be accessed at the following links:



Foreign teams will consist of 4 players each and should be nominated by their national chess federations. The rapid event is an open tournament however and may be entered by individuals regardless of whether they play in the team event or not.

Any national federations that would like additional information regarding the event are asked to contact Mr Privat Kouakou, (FIDEC Director General ) or Mr Charles Lorng, (FIDECVice President). The contact details of both these individuals are available in the tournament brochure.

KCF Africa is excited by this new initiative and we wish to thank the team at KCF Francophone who have sourced and provided the funds that are necessary to make this event a reality.