The 2016 Cote d'Ivoire Festival concluded in Abidjan yesterday with the Lekan Adeyemi Rapid & Blitz Swiss Events.The tournament was held under the patronage of the Mayor of Dabou and saw fighting chess from start to finish with many closely contested games.

The top seeded Nigerian team lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favorites and ultimately dominated in all 3 formats. The fight for second was closely contested however and ultimately Cote d'Ivoire edged out Mali into third and Ghana into 4th!

In the individual rapid events and blitz events, the Nigerian duo of FM Abimbola Osunfuyi and Precious Emojevu dominated and tied for first in both formats.

A number of strong performances were recorded by the Liberian team who had players tie for 3rd place in both individual tournaments. They also placed in a very commendable 5th place in the overall competition. Given that this was the first time a Liberian team had ever participated in an international event, they appear to be a team to watch closely in the future.

We wish to congratulate the entire team from FIDEC who put in a sterling effort and ultimately attracted the largest field of international players ever to be seen in the West African region. It is clear that chess in West Africa is moving in the right direction as federations start working closely together to co-ordinate their activities.

Final results from the main team event are available at
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr211151.aspx?lan=1