13:59, Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

There are two major events running this weekend with the 2016 Kenya Open taking place in Nairobi and the 2016 Easter Open being held in Harare. Registration for both events are now open.

As usual, the 2016 Easter Open will feature both an Open and Ladies section. The tournament will take place at the Ambassador Hotel in Harare from 25 - 28 March. IA Elton Mhangarayi is the tournament director and can be contacted at +263 771 471 822.

A promotional video has just been released on the Zim Chess players facebook page and is well worth a look for those feeling like a bit of light humor before the serious business begins. The video can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/dalithemba.ndlovu.31/videos/789720957839326/

We wish all participants the best of luck for both events!

10:23, Friday, 18th March, 2016

The very first MiniChess training session in the history of West Africa was conducted in Abidjan shortly after the conclusion of the Cote d'Ivorie invitational.

We were extremely privileged to have the MiniChess founder, Mrs Marisa van der Merwe present in person to deliver this very first training session! This will no doubt stand the first trainees in excellent stead as we commence the process of rolling out the program in West Africa.

We wish to congratulate the following six individuals who successfully completed the level 1 course and who are now accredited as licensed MiniChess Trainers in the region:

From Cote dÍvoire:
1. Cyrille Setty
2. Djobo Gnagne
3. Djobo Opportune
4. Koffi Koblan

From Ghana
1. Joseph Jamena
2. Elikem Attah

We wish them all the best of luck as they carry MiniChess to new audiences in their respective countries!

09:24, Sunday, 13th March, 2016

KCF Africa is pleased to be able to announce the full list of bursary recipients as part of our 2016 Academic Study Bursary program.

Following the numerous submissions received from around the continent, the KCF Africa Board approved the award of 4 academic study grants for the 2016 academic year.

The 4 individuals who were awarded grants in 2016 are:
1. Mr Iorvice Razanadratovo (Madagascar)
2. Mr Papa Samba Ndiaye (Senegal)
3. Miss Sandrine Uwase (Rwanda)
4. Miss Tcheche Marie Yavo (Cote d Ivoire)

The awards will enable these fantastic candidates to pursue their ongoing academic studies at their respective schools and universities and we wish them all the best of luck in the academic year that lies ahead.

14:20, Friday, 11th March, 2016

Media houses in Cote d'Ivoire have been reporting extensively on the success of the 2016 Cote d'Ivoire Invitational.

The news report as well as this report by TV station Buzz 2 Sport (https://youtu.be/mExR1PqlLQQ) share some of the highlights for french speaking readers

There is also a fantastic report from Guillaumesoro.tv available at https://www.facebook.com/federationivoiriennedesechecs/videos/1126069637....

18:49, Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

The African Rating Analysis based on the FIDE March list has now been updated on our main website.

While the March list produced few major changes among the top African players, it did see a significant milestone recorded as the Democratic Republic of Congo finally joined the FIDE rating for the very first time. We wish to congratulate Daniel Sangi who participated in the Rwanda Open in Kigali for becoming the first player from his country to achieve this feat.

The most notable change among the individual ratings was recorded by FM Andrew Kayonde from Zambia who won his 3rd straight national title at the end of February. This win finally saw him break into the top 20 and he now stands at 2394. He is now poised to become one of only a handful of African players to achieve his IM title through the required combination of norms and ratings and will join an elite group if he goes on to achieve this feat over the next few months.

FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria is another young player who is also making significant progress and he has risen rapidly to stand at 2346 and number 2 in his zone. Both players have earned invitations to the Capablanca IM Norm section as a result of their recent form and we look forward to watching both players in action in this top April event.

The full analysis and statistics are available as usual at
http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings.

19:16, Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

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

19:52, Friday, 4th March, 2016

The Cote dIvoire Invitational is now well and truly under way and the turnout has been truly amazing! A total of 10 teams consisting of 4 players each is participating in Abidjan and there are no less than 7 different West African Federations participating.

The national chess federations of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Liberia have all sent teams and they are joined by 4 teams of local players.

The teams from both Liberia and Burkina Faso are participating in their very first international tournament and we wish all teams well for the tournament which will conclude on Sunday night.

Photos of the round 1 action have just been released on the FIDEC facebook page and the results are now available at http://chess-results.com/tnr210725.aspx?lan=1&art=1&turdet=YES&wi=821.

There are already some interesting results with Liberia surprising with an excellent win over the second CIV team in round 2!

The festival will conclude with an individual rapid and blitz event on Monday in Dabou. It will then be followed by 2 days of MiniChess training for the local trainers as Cote dIvoire gears up to formally launch MiniChess!

18:51, Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

KCF Africa was very pleased to note the recent announcement from Millionaire Chess which has confirmed that the 3rd edition of the tournament will take place in October 2016. The 2016 edition is now scheduled to be held at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City from October 6 - 10.

Following the success of our MC satellite series last year we have started working on hosting similar tournaments in 2016 and we hope to be able to make announcements in this regard shortly.

In the interim, the two key newsletters that have recently been released regarding the 2016 tournament are available at:
https://millionairechess.com/newsletter-55-mc3-here, and
https://millionairechess.com/newsletter-56-new-prize-fund-entry-fee

On a lighter note, this video of MC organizer GM Maurice Ashley taking care of business in the park is currently attracting a fair amount of attention on both the MC main page and via its original youtube link -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5vnpOp0U_g

We look forward to partnering with the MC team again and we hope to see more African players emulating performances like that of Zimbabwean IM Farai Mandizha in last years tournament!

08:08, Saturday, 13th February, 2016

A major milestone was achieved yesterday in Kenya as the first MiniChess lessons were delivered in Nairobi.

We wish to congratulate MiniChess Kenya as well as St. George’s Primary School who are officially the first school to adopt the program!

There is now significant interest in the program from local schools in Kenya and we look forward to many more schools coming on board over the course of the next few months.

08:12, Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Eugene Kagabo emerged as the winner of the 2016 Rwanda Open after he benefited from a surprise loss by CM Ben Magana to CM Godfrey Kabera in round 6. Eugene grabbed his chance with a fine win in the last round to score 6/7 and place first on tiebreak. CM Magana and CM Kabera ended second and third respectively.

The tournament attracted a total of 44 players from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and was another major step forward for the Rwanda Chess Federation. The tournament also saw the emergence of a strong junior player from Burundi as 15 year old Ezra Chambers scored 5/7 to place 6th overall whilst also claiming the best junior prize.

Another encouraging aspect was the number of woman players participating. Kalisa Odile scored a commendable 4/7 to win the best ladies prize whilst finishing 15th in the overall standings!

Another major highlight was recorded by Daniel Sangi who became the first player from the DR Congo to secure his FIDE Rating. With an estimated population of almost 80 million people, the DR Congo appears to be a sleeping giant in the region and we hope to see many more players from this country achieve similar rates in regional tournaments in the near future!

KCF Africa would like to congratulate all the winners as well as the Rwanda Chess Federation on a well run tournament. Final standings are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=7&flag=30&wi=821.

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