08:24, Thursday, 12th October, 2017

The 2017 Cote d’Ivoire Team Chess Invitational 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. The event will consist of:
1. A Team Invitational (FIDE Rated Classic); and
2. An Open Swiss (FIDE Rated Rapid).

The team tournament will be played as a round-robin over a total of seven (7) rounds. Eight (8) invited teams will participate with each team consisting of four (4) players. The time control for the team event will be 75 minutes per side with 30 seconds increment per move from move 1.

A 9 round open swiss rapid tournament will be played on Sunday Afternoon and a FIDE Arbiters Seminar will be held in parallel with the tournament.

Full details are available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/FIDEC%20-%202017%20Cote%20d...

07:58, Monday, 9th October, 2017

The KCF Africa Team Chess Invitational tournament ended last night with an exciting final round. At the end of the day, the Invitational 3 Team of FM Matt Pon (RSA), Joseph Mwalw (MAW), CM Richard Mbedza (MAW) and WIM Tshepang Tlale (RSA) emerged victorious with a narrow one point victory margin ahead of Team Zambia who finished second. The SA Veterans Team recovered from a slow start to end in a commendable 3rd place.

The board prize winners were
- FM Matt Pon and KG Mosethle (both with 5/7 on board 1)
- Geoffrey Luanga (ZAM) who topped board 2 alone on 5.5/7
- Heinco Du Plessis, FM Shabir Bhawoodien, and CM Richard Mbedza who all scored 5/7 on board 3 and
- WIM Epah Jere who dominated the ladies board with a score of 6.5/7 and a net rating gain of 56 points.

The top rating gain in the entire event was however recorded by the fast rising Keith Khumalo of the Emerging Players team. Keith scored 4/7 on board 4 for a tournament performance of 2029 and an ELO gain of 89 points!

The prizes were awarded by Mr Kharty Padayachee, a member of the Executive Management team at Carnival City. We would like to thank the staff and management team at Carnival City for their fantastic support throughout the tournament and we hope to be able to partner with them to bring more events like this to the venue in the future.

Final standings as well as 107 games from the tournament are now posted and available at http://chess-results.com/tnr305721.aspx?lan=1

09:38, Sunday, 8th October, 2017

The final day of the KCF Team Chess Invitational has arrived and there are still 5 teams with a realistic chance of winning the event.

Team Zambia had been slowly pulling away from the field but suffered a shock 4-0 loss to the SA Veterans team in round 5. This result has brought them back to the field and there are now 5 teams within 3 points of the lead at the end of round 5.

WIM Epah Jere is now the only player with a perfect score and her 5/5 result has seen her record a tournament performance of 2508. She will look to extend the streak further in her round 6 match against Kgomotso Ndachipiwa of Botswana this morning.

The final result is now highly likely to come down to the final round where Team Zambia is slated to face the Invitational 3 team. These two teams are narrowly leading the event at the moment but are being chased hard.

Latest standings are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr305721.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821 and the round 6 games are currently live at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/kcf-africa-team-chess-invi...

10:13, Saturday, 7th October, 2017

Round 4 of the KCF Team Invitational is under way and the field remains very tight packed with only 3.5 points separating the top team from the bottom at the end of round 3.

Only two players have a full score of 3/3 and they are South Africa's Jacob Mnguni on board 2 and Zambia's Epah Jere on board 4.

Timothy Kabwe of Zambia is also playing well and he finds himself leading on board 1 with a total of 2.5/3. He is the only board 1 player to record two wins to date with his victories coming over Jack van zyl Rudd in round 2 and IM Providence Oatlhotse in round 3.

The latest standings are published at http://chess-results.com/tnr305721.aspx?lan=1 while the live games for round 4 are currently in progress at
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/kcf-africa-team-chess-invi... and on the FollowChess Mobile App.

10:04, Friday, 6th October, 2017

The first round of the KCF Team Invitational saw four tightly contested matches with three results ending 2.5 - 1.5 and the other as a 2-2 draw. The teams are clearly very well matched which promises fighting chess throughout.

Games are being played in the Rio Conference Rooms which are located within the main Casino complex at Carnival City. All 16 games from each round are being broadcast live on Chess24 and FollowChess with games starting at 10am and 4pm daily.

Round 1 results are published at http://chess-results.com/tnr305721.aspx?lan=1 and the second round is currently live at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/kcf-africa-team-chess-invi...

12:37, Thursday, 5th October, 2017

The KCF Africa Team Chess Invitational is scheduled to start this evening at 18.00 Central African Time (GMT + 2). Games will then be played daily at 10.00 and 16.00 until Sunday.

The event format is an 8 team invitational team round-robin with teams featuring some of the top players from across Southern Africa. Algeria, Botswana, England, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are all represented among the participating teams.

All games from the tournament will be carried on both Chess24 as well as the FollowChess Mobile Application. Anyone wishing to follow the games live can do so at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/kcf-africa-team-chess-invi... and at http://live.followchess.com/#!kcf-africa-team-2017

Results and pairings for all rounds are also available at
http://chess-results.com/tnr305721.aspx?lan=1

KCF Africa would like to thank the staff and management at Sun International as well as our hosts at Carnival City for partnering with us to make this tournament a reality. We wish all players well over the course of the next 4 days.

09:17, Tuesday, 19th September, 2017

GM Nigel Short has concluded his four country tour of Africa and has left Mozambique bound for Portugal and ultimately the Isle of Man.

During his two day visit to Maputo he recorded a perfect 31-0 in a large exhibition against some of the countries best juniors and female players. He also held productive meetings with the executive team of the Mozambique Chess Federation.

In addition, Nigel was able to meet with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr Alberto Nkutumula and the Minister of Education and Human Development, Mr John Kachamila. He also conducted a training session for some of the top players in the country.

We wish to thank GM Short for continuing to invest his valuable time and energy in the development of chess on the African continent and we wish him well at his next event in the Isle of Man where he will again be pitting his skills against many of the very best players in the world!

16:14, Monday, 18th September, 2017

The dramatic final round of the 7th Presidents Cup saw decisive results recorded on the top 14 boards as players fought it out to the last breath to secure top honors.

In the end, it was the board 1 victory of Haji CHARLES of Liberia over FM Simplice DEGONDO of Cote d'Ivoire that decided the event in the favor of the Liberian and denied Simplice an outright victory.

CM Adeyinka ADESINA of Nigeria also won his final round game and joined Haji on a fine total of 6/7. He secured the silver medal on tie-break.

Abelas SOYOYE of Nigeria was the only other player to remain undefeated throughout the tournament and he finished with an excellent 5.5/7 to claim the bronze medal.

The top ladies prize was shared between WFM Angela AYIKU and the GCA Secretary General Christiana ASHLEY who both recorded a commendable 3/6.

The prizes were awarded by Mr Danny Mawuenyega, who is the General Secretary of China Ghana Business Development Promotion as well as the International Secretary of Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International. He is also a chess enthusiast who will be supporting chess programs in Ghana in the future.

The final standings and cross-table for the event is now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301197.aspx?lan=1 while the available tournament games can be downloaded at http://www.chess-results.com/PartieSuche.aspx?lan=1&id=50023&tnr=301197&... by players who wish to access them.

We wish to congratulate the GCA on hosting an excellent tournament and we wish all the international travelers a safe journey as they return to their various homes across West Africa.

We also look forward to the next KCF Africa event in West Africa which will take place in Abidjan at the end of October!

10:18, Sunday, 17th September, 2017

It's a busy weekend for African chess as the 3rd Nigerian National Youth Games have also just concluded. The event took place from the 7th to 17th September at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and saw 20 states participating in the male and female categories of the chess event.

The tournament is part of an U/17 youth competition and features a large number of sports in addition to chess.

The chess competition was played as a team event with teams consisting of 4 players each. There was also a blitz competition which was split into male and female categories.

The Open team event was won by Delta State with a total of 17.5 points ahead of Anambra State with 15 and FCT with 14.

The Female team event was won by Anambra with 19.5, ahead of Delta state with 17.5 and Kogi State with 12.

Overall Kaduna State earned the most medals however with a total of 3 gold and 2 bronze once the individual and board medals were also taken into account.

The Nigerian Chess Federation donated 10 KCF MiniChess boards and sets to each of the participating states at the conclusion of the tournament.

As always we are very pleased to see our equipment being put to good use and we wish to congratulate NCF President, Mr Lekan Adeyemi, as well as the team of local organizers for hosting a highly successful event.

06:04, Sunday, 17th September, 2017

The 2017 Presidents Cup is currently under way in Accra, Ghana and has reached the half way point. Now in its 7th year, the tournament is gaining in popularity and has attracted a strong field of 47 players representing Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire.

The top seed is CM Adeyinka ADESINA from Nigeria who comes into the tournament with a rating of 2198. There are 5 other players rated above 2000 including the national champions of both Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.

The event has been hard fought to date and at the end of round 4 no player has a perfect score. The event is currently being led by CM Adeyinka ADESINA (NGR); FM Simplice DEGONDO (CIV), FM Eugene UNWANA (NGR) and FM John HASFORD (GHA) who all have 3.5/4.

The last 3 rounds will take place today and we wish all participants the best of luck as they fight for the title of champion.

KCF wishes to thank FA George Arko-Dadzie, President of the GCA as well as his team for their ongoing dedication to this important regional event. We also wish to thank Mr Kwadwo Bonsu who has being sharing his excellent pictures from the event on the Ghana Chess Facebook page.

All pairings and results from today's play can be followed at http://chess-results.com/tnr301197.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=5&wi=821

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