16:43, Saturday, 16th September, 2017

GM Nigel Short completed his brief two day visit of Swaziland this morning with a clock simultaneous against 13 of the countries top players. He proved too strong on this occasion and recorded a perfect 13-0 score at this event.

On arrival from Lesotho he had met with the membes of the Swaziland Chess Executive and also conducted a training session at the Khanyisile Primary School for some of the countries top players.

Nigel was driven to the Namaacha/Lomahasha Border post this afternoon in the company of Melo Mdluli (President of the Swaziland Chess Federation) and he was met on arrival by Milton Botoa (Vice President of the Mozambique Chess Federation).

He is now safely in Maputo where he will be conducting the last round of exhibitions and training sessions before he departs from Africa.

We wish to thank their Swaziland Chess Federation for hosting Nigel and we wish the Mozambique Federation for this final leg of his tour.

05:11, Thursday, 14th September, 2017

GM Nigel Short has concluded his two day visit to Lesotho with a 22 board simultaneous display against some of the countries top players.

His exhibition was the culmination of a visit which also saw him conduct two intensive training sessions for Lesotho's top trainers and players and meet with both the Minister of Education and the Deputy Prime Minister of the country, the Honourable Monyane Moleleki.

As usual, Nigel has been in fine spirits throughout the tour and has graciously been sharing from his extensive experience as one of the world's leading players.

Lesotho can be very proud of Teboho Makhele who was able to take the full point from the GM in the exhibition match which ended with a score of 21/22.

Nigel leaves Lesotho this morning and will visit both Swaziland and Mozambique before he flies to the Isle of Man to participate in the 2017 Isle of Man International Chess Festival.

We thank him for sharing his experiences in Lesotho and look forward to his visits to both Swaziland and Mozambique later this week. We would also like to thank the Blue Mountain Inn Hotel and Metropolitan Lesotho who both played important roles in facilitating the tour from a logistical perspective.

13:05, Monday, 11th September, 2017

The 7th Presidents Cup starts in Ghana on Friday 15th September and there are just 4 days left for players who still wish to register.

There are already more than 30 players entered and the tournament has already attracted players from as far afield as Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire and Uganda.

Players can register by contacting the tournament organizers directly or by completing the online entry form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAwfER5YM0wpPGgT4Sk-PYcwdChD9w...

The full entry form is available for download from http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/7th%20President%27s%20Cup%2... and the players list has now been published as well at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301197.aspx?lan=1. This list will be updated daily as entries are received. All pairings and results will also be published via this link as the event unfolds over this weekend.

Any players that have registered but whose names are not reflecting on the players list, are asked to notify the organizers asap so that their entries can be confirmed. Players that wish to participate but that have not yet registered should note that entries will close on Thursday evening at 8pm.

We look forward to a good fight in what will be the first KCF sponsored tournament in West Africa in 2017.

16:11, Monday, 4th September, 2017

This event is a 10 teams invitational round robin with each team consisting of 4 open players and 1 female player. It will feature most of the top players from Southern Africa and offers a total prize pool of R50,000. IM Norms are possible and the average rating is expected to exceed 2200 across the open field.

The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes + 15 minutes to complete the game with 30 seconds increment per move from move 1.

12:44, Monday, 28th August, 2017

7 round swiss tournament to be played at a rate of 75/75 + 30 seconds per move. The event offers a prize fund of USD 2,000 and is open to all players with a FIDE rating under 2200.

11:45, Monday, 28th August, 2017

We have updated our calendar of forthcoming events for the rest of the 2017 calendar year and our next major event is the 2017 Presidents Cup which is scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana from 15 - 17 September.

This tournament will be played as a 7 Round Swiss at a time control of 75/75 + 30 seconds per move and is open to all players with a FIDE rating of less than 2200. It offers an attractive prize fund of US$ 2,000!

The full calendar of forthcoming events for the rest of the year can now be accessed at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

The tournament brochure for the Presidents Cup is available at

Players from West Africa that are interested in participating are asked to contact the Chief Organiser, Mr Philip Ameku or the Tournament Director Ms Christiana Ashley. Their contact details are available within the tournament brochure.

Christiana can also be contacted where foreign based players require assistance to find accommodation close to the playing venue.

We have a number of strong events scheduled for the month of October 2017 and we will be releasing the full event brochures for these events within the next 2 weeks. This will hopefully allow adequate time for all interested players to plan their participation accordingly.

15:09, Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017

Fresh from a second place finish in the Abu Dhabi Masters, GM Nigel Short will be returning to Southern Africa early next month! KCF Africa is delighted to announce that Nigel is expected to visit Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique as part of a 4 country tour of the region.

The tour has been made possible thanks largely to the initiative and perseverance of the Talking Squares Chess Trust in Botswana. Founded by FA Kenny Boikhutswane in October 2016, they initiated the original negotiations with Nigel and secured the necessary sponsorships which have enabled him to return to Africa. Talking Squares Chess Trust subsequently agreed to allow KCF Africa to leverage his presence in the region to arrange additional short visits to Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique in conjunction with the local chess federations in each of these three additional countries.

Nigel will commence his tour activities in Botswana on the 5th September and will remain in Southern African region until the 19th September. During this time he will conduct a series of lectures, exhibitions and training events in each country and meet with leaders of local corporates who are interested in developing chess in the region. His last visit to Africa proved to be highly successful and saw him emerge as the winner of the 2015 South African Open while he also used the opportunity to conducted a series of training events and exhibitions in Kenya.

KCF looks forward to welcoming Nigel back to Africa and we wish to thank the local corporates and federations who are partnering with us to make his tour a success. We are especially grateful to Talking Squares Chess Trust and their sponsors (Boitekanelo Group, Innolead Consulting, Collins Chilisa Consultants and Kobe Trading) in Botswana, who have contributed significant financial resources towards making Nigel’s visit a reality.

We also wish to thank the BMI Hotel Group in Lesotho and the Swaziland National Sports and Recreation Council in Swaziland who will be partnering with their local chess federations to ensure the success of Nigel's visits to Lesotho and Swaziland respectively.

We look forward to welcoming Nigel back to Africa next month!

16:59, Monday, 14th August, 2017

KCF Africa would like to wish our patron GM Garry Kasparov well as he plays his first professional chess game since 2005 at the Grand Chess Tour's St Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament in Missouri, USA this evening!

During the opening ceremony held last night, Garry announced that he would be donating his tournament winnings to support the development of chess on the African continent!

We wish to thank him for his generous gesture and we wish him well on his highly anticipated return to the game that made him famous!

His comments from the opening ceremony can be viewed at

All from the tournament will be streamed live from 20.00 CAT at http://grandchesstour.org/

11:30, Friday, 4th August, 2017

The 2017 Kinshasa Open took place over the weekend of 24 - 25 June and was run by the Congo Chess Federation (FECOJEC) with support from KCF Africa and Bralima.

The event is one of the smaller annual tournaments we support on an annual basis but it is very important to the local chess federation which continues to try and grow the game in the country.

The DRC is one of the largest countries in Africa and its sheer size makes it logistically challenging to attract international players. Despite this, there are a number of strong local players who are based within the capital city of Kinshasa.

The 5 round tournament was played as an open swiss event and it attracted 18 participants. It was won with a perfect score of 5/5 by FM Willy Mimbasa who lived up to his reputation as the only titled player from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We wish to recognize the ongoing work of Mr Guy Esungi and his team at FECOJEC and we thank Mr Dady Katungulu who officiated at the tournament.

11:00, Sunday, 30th July, 2017

The South African Junior Chess Championships will once again take place at the Birchwoods Hotel and Conference Center with the next edition scheduled to be held from the 3 – 12 January 2018. These dates have been released as part of the first tournament circular which was recently published on the event website.

The SAJCC is the largest annual chess tournament on the African continent and attracted in excess of 2400 participants across all age groups last year. There are multiple events forming part of the championships including both team and individual competitions.

The championships are not restricted to South Africans and African federations who are interested in sending representatives can get full information from the official tournament website at http://www.sajcc.co.za/.

The circular with full event details can also be downloaded at https://www.sajcc.co.za/static/downloads/2017%20SAJCC%20Circular%2011Jm.pdf.

Any enquiries can be directed to the tournament director, IO Judy-Marie Steenkamp at info@sajcc.co.za.

The SAJCC continues to go from strength to strength and we would encourage all African chess federations to consider sending representatives to what promises to be another excellent tournament early in the new year.