19:36, Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

Day one of the Tanzania Open has seen a fairly predictable set of results with the rating favorites progressing relatively easily in the early going.The only major upset occurred on board 4 in the second round where the local player Athuman Shiza (1609) defeated Lars Moller Larsen (1965) from Denmark.

Six players have had a perfect start of 2/2 and they will compete on the top 3 boards with the following pairings for round 3:
1 Pablo Rodriguez 1934 vs IM Elijah Emojong 2333
2 FM Haruna Nsubuga (2207) vs Geoffrey Mwanyika (1763) 3 Athuman Shiza (1609) vs Githinji Hinga (2119)

Games from this point forward should be more evenly matched with the fight for the top places likely to take place in rounds 5 and 6.

Results and pairings for round 3 are now available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=3&flag=30&wi=821

08:03, Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

The 2017 Tanzania Open is now under way at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam and has attracted representatives from Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Denmark, Spain and India in addition to the host country.

The Ugandan duo of IM Elijah Emojong and FM Haruna Nsubuga will start as strong favorites but could be challenged by Kenya's Githinji Hinga who has also made the trip from Nairobi.

The open field consists of 28 players and this is expected to be supplemented by more than 50 juniors who have already signed up to compete in the various junior sections over the weekend. These numbers are very encouraging for the Tanzania Chess Federation which is actively focusing on the development of their youth.

The tournament is being run in conjunction with both the Tanzania Chess Federation and the Tanzania Chess Foundation and the chief arbiter is FA Duke Michieka from Kenya.

Results can be followed at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1

We wish all players the best of luck and we look forward to watching the event unfold over the next 4 days.

13:48, Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

A reminder that this coming weekend sees two separate KCF events running in Tanzania and Swaziland respectively.

The Tanzanian event takes the form of a 7-round open swiss while the event in Swaziland will feature a 6 round open swiss followed by a blitz tournament.

Both are being run as regional events and have attracted strong players from East Africa and Southern Africa respectively. The latest players lists are published on the respective tournament website at the following links
Tanzania: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1
Swaziland: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr315519.aspx?lan=1

Entries for both events are still possible but will be closing soon so players that wish to participate are asked to contact the local event organizers asap. Links to both tournament brochures are available from the KCF Tournament page at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

We look forward to watching the games and we wish both federations well as they finalize the preparations for their respective events

21:03, Monday, 20th November, 2017

The results of the FIDE Arbiters seminar held in Abidjan have been released and KCF Africa would like to congratulate the 6 successful candidates who managed to pass the examination.

Candidates from Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe participated and 6 succeeded in the test. They are all expected to be awarded the FIDE Arbiter title after the approval of the next FIDE Presidential Board meeting.

The successful candidates were Mr Koffi Botsoe (TOG), Mr Tyeoulou Kouya (CIV); Mr Paul Zirimba (CIV), Mr Jocelin Trah (CIV), Mr Leon Ndrin (CIV) and Mr John Solarays (GHA).

KCF Africa would specifically like to thank Dr Essoh Essis and his team at FIDEC for making the seminar possible and we congratulate FIDEC on their 4 new FA's who will be the first FIDE qualified officials in the history of Cote d'Ivoire.

We also wish to thank IA Stephen Boyd whose traveled from France to deliver the training and whose guidance throughout the event and the seminar was invaluable to everyone involved.

The full FIDE results announcement is published

14:32, Thursday, 16th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open Chess Championships will take place at the St Juliana Conference Center in Manzini from 24 - 26 November. It will include both a 6 round open swiss tournament at classical time controls and a 7 round blitz event. It offers a prize pool of R 23,000 across the various sections.

The event is expected to attract a number of top players from across Southern Africa. Both the open and the blitz events will be rated by both FIDE and the URS.

Full details of the event including round times and registration information is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Swazi%20Open%20-%20T...

Dorm style accommodation is available on-site from R130 per person sharing per night and there is also accommodation in a nearby hotel with rates starting from R225 per person sharing per night (breakfast included).

Players wishing to register and secure accommodation in Manzini are asked to contact Mr Melo Mdluli or FA Dumsane Msibi. Contact details for are contained in the tournament brochure.

We wish all players the best of luck for the event.

13:56, Thursday, 16th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open Chess Championship will feature a 6 round open swiss classical tournament and a 7 round blitz event. Both will be rated by FIDE and the URS.

Time controls is 65/65 + 30 seconds increments per move for the Open Section and and 5 minutes per player for the blitz.

There is also a development section for local players from within Swaziland.

Full details including registration information is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Swazi%20Open%20-%20T...

07:25, Tuesday, 14th November, 2017

The 2017 Tanzania Open will be the next event on the KCF Africa calendar and this tournament will again be held at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

This popular event in now in its third year and has fast established itself as a regular feature on the KCF calendar.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi won the 2016 edition tournament on tie-break ahead of IM Elijah Emojong and Kela Siame from Zambia.

This years event has already attracted entrants from Spain, Denmark, Zambia. Kenya and Uganda and has been expanded to run over 8 rounds and 4 days. It will also feature a one day junior event for the first time this year.

Full details are available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Tanzania%20Open%20Po... and the players list can be accessed at

Players wishing to register are asked to contact Mr Nurdin Hassuji or FA Duke Machieka in order to enter and arrange local accommodation as required.

14:34, Monday, 13th November, 2017

The 2017 Uganda Open ended yesterday evening with a resounding victory for FM Patrick Kawuma who scored a perfect 8/8 to win the tournament by a full point. For his efforts, Patrick recorded a tournament performance over 2700(!) and pocketed the first prize of 1,5 million Ugandan Shillings (+- USD 410).

He was chased all the way by Deng Rehan from South Sudan whose last round victory over IM Elijah Emojong meant that he had beaten the top two ranked players in East Africa in the same tournament. His silver medal earned him a massive 162 rating points and will no doubt see him establish himself as a serious contender for future East African tournaments as well.

UCF President Emmanuel Mwaka proved that he should also be taken seriously over the board and ended in a very impressive 3rd place. His effort was even more commendable given that he was heavily involved in the running and hosting the tournament at the same time as attempting to play!

The ladies race also saw an exciting new face as local player Shakira Ampaire recorded a 1900+ tournament performance on her way to securing a total of 5 points. Her impressive tournament saw her defeating two 1800 level players in the final two rounds and this was enough to edge out WFM Ivy Amoko (4.5 points) and secure the 2017 ladies title.

A tightly contested U1600 tournament saw both the round 7 leaders stumble at the last hurdle. This resulted in a 3 way tie at the top between Jimmy Sserwadda, Johnson Mugyenyi and Huzaifa Junju. Jimmy edged the title of u1600 champion on tie-break.

Impressive performances in the U1600 section were also recorded by Edwin Pido and Vincent Buwule amongst the juniors and by Brendah Kyaterekera who ended as the highest placed girl in the u1600 section.

KCF Africa would like to thank the entire team at the Uganda Chess Federation for their sterling effort which has seen 9 new players secure their first FIDE ratings from the tournament. A further 15 players made partial results at the tournament and should secure ratings in their next FIDE rated event. We also wish to thank Mr Brian Kidula for the use of the DGT boards as well as Mr Eastmond Mwenda for providing the great photos throughout the tournament.

Final standings as well as the games from the tournament are now available for download at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1

12:24, Sunday, 12th November, 2017

The Ugandan Open has reached the final round and FM Patrick Kawuma has put in a dominant performance to all but secure the title with a round to spare. Patrick's perfect 7/7 sees him needing only a draw with the white pieces in his final round game against Rajab Kamoga to secure the tournament victory.

A number of strong players are still in the fight for second place and the board 2 game between IM Elijah Emojong and Deng Rehan from South Sudan will likely be pivotal in deciding the final standings. Mattius Ssonko, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, CM Bob Bimbasa and UCF President Emmanuel Mwaka are all still in the hunt however and any one of this group could still end up on the podium this evening.

On the ladies side, WFM Ivy Amoko and WFM Christine Namaganda have both scored 3.5/7 to date and they enter the final round tied in the race for the title of ladies champion.

The U1600 section sees Victor Kanyike and Eugene Mafabi tied at teh top with 6.5/7 each and both will be keen to win their final games to try secure the title in this section.

The pairings for the final round are now published at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=8&turdet=YES&flag...

All pictures are once again supplied from the venue by Mr Eastmond Mwenda.