13:40, Tuesday, 29th November, 2016

The 2016 ACL Open has reached the 4th round and is currently being lead by IM Daniel Jere from Zambia who stands alone at the top with a score of 2.5/3. He is being chased by a trio consisting of IM Henry Steel, IM Watu Kobese and FM Calvin Klaasen.

The games from the IM Section are now live on Chess24.com and the action can be followed daily at 3pm from https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/acl-im-tournament-2016/4/1/2.

Games from all rounds will shortly also be available for download from http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1

Entries are still open for the Prestige and Elite sections which will commence on Friday for locally based players who still want to register at late notice. Players who wish to register may do so at http://www.africanchesslounge.org/

We look forward to watching the action unfold over the course of the week and we wish all players the best of luck throughout the duration of the tournament.

17:39, Monday, 28th November, 2016

CM Thuso Mosutha from Botswana emerged as the winner of the 2016 Swazi Open after he defeated South Africa's Enest Tshabalala
in the final round to win the tournament by 1/2 a point with an impressive total of 5.5/6. There was then a 3 way tie for second place on 5/6 between Jonathan Pein from England, Elisha Chimbamu from Zimbabwe and Khanya Mazibuko from South Africa.

Nosimilo Mkhonto won the prize as the best lady while Wandile Similane and Fungai Matawa both scored 4/6 to end as the best placed Swazi platers.

The top 4 players were clearly better then the rest over the weekend as they also went on to share the blitz prizes as well! In the Blitz, Khanya and Jonathan shared first place with a final score of 5/6 whilst Elisha and Thuso placing tied for 3rd with 4.5/6.

A successful development section of 16 local players was also held and this was won by Lunga Malinga and Sibonelo Dlamini who both scored 6/7.

Final results for all 3 sections are now available at

Open
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

Blitz
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250830.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

Development
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250937.aspx?lan=1&art=1&wi=821

09:42, Sunday, 27th November, 2016

The 2016 Swazi Open has reached the final round and will see
Thuso Mosutha and Enest Tshabalala face off on board 1 for the victory as both players have reached 4.5 / 5.

The open event has attracted over 50 players and will be followed by a 6 round FIDE rated blitz later this afternoon.

Results and pairings for the final round at available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=6&wi=821

Final results will follow once the last games are finished later this evening.

09:40, Sunday, 27th November, 2016

The 2016 Swazi Open has reached the final round and will see
Thuso Mosutha and Enest Tshabalala face off on board 1 for the victory as both players have reached 4.5 / 5.

The open event has attracted over 50 players and will be followed by a 6 round FIDE rated blitz later this afternoon.

Results and pairings for the final round at available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr250580.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=6&wi=821

Final results will follow once the last games are finished later this evening.

10:42, Thursday, 17th November, 2016

MiniChess Lesotho and Metropolitan Lesotho successfully joined hands to run the very first pawn soccer tournament in the history of Lesotho on Saturday 12th November.Congratulations are due to St Stephens Primary School from Mohale's Hoek who won the event to become the 2016 Metropolitan MiniChess Champions!

The tournament was held at Iketsetseng Primary School with five local primary schools participating. The participating schools were Iketsetseng Primary, Phethahatso Primary, St James Primary, Masianokeng Primary and St Stephens Primary. All 5 are currently receiving MiniChess training thanks to the generous support of Metropolitan Lesotho.

We wish to join MiniChess Lesotho in thanking Mr Thabang Mapena and the company for their continued support which made both the roll-out of the program and the tournament possible.

We look forward to seeing similar events around the country as the program continues to grow next year.

08:58, Monday, 14th November, 2016

The final day of the 2016 Tanzania Open produced fighting chess which eventually resulted in a 3 way tie for first at the top of the open section.

IM Elijah Emojong started the day in fine style with an impressive win over his top seeded compatriot Arthur Ssegwanyi. This saw him take a full point lead into the final round where he faced the 6th seeded Zambian Kela Kaulule with the black pieces in the final round.

Kela went for broke knowing that only a win could stop Elijah and he succeeded in pulling off the upset with a fine game. The board 1 upset result allowed Arthur back into the frame and he duly beat IM Gillan Bwalya on board 2 to win the title on tie-break.

WCM Christine Namaganda from Uganda scored 2.5/6 to win the ladies section while a one day Junior event saw 28 youngsters take part in a separate 8 round tournament. This was won by George
Aaron who just beat out Charles Cleophas on tie-break after both scored an impressive 7/8. Navini Choudary scored a very impressive 6/8 to win the best girls prize and also place 3rd overall.

We wish to thank the Tanzania Chess Federation as well as arbiters FA Duke Machieka and IA Vinay Choudary for facilitating an excellent event. Final results and standings from both events are available below.

Open - Final Standings
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr243611.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6&flag=30&wi=821

Juniors - Final Standings
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr241852.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=8&wi=821

08:41, Sunday, 13th November, 2016

Top seeded IM's Arthur Ssegwanyi and Elijah Emojong will face off on board 1 in round 5 of the Tanzania Open as both have successfully navigated their way to 4/4 at the end of play on day 2 of the tournament.

Arthur defeated IM Chitumbo Mwali from Zambia in round 4 while Elijah took care of business against Githinji Hinga of Kenya.

The winner of this critical round 5 encounter will be strong favorite to take the overall honors but will still face a tough challenge in the final round as IM's Gillan Bwalya and Chitumbo Mwali remain within striking distance on 3/4.

The Round 5 pairings are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr243611.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=5&flag=30&wi=821 for those wanting to follow results as they come in later today.

19:31, Sunday, 6th November, 2016

The global KCF network recently released a magazine entitled "The Future of our Game" which was distributed to over 2000 participants at the World Chess Olympiad in Baku.

The 2016 magazine is the inaugural copy and seeks to showcase the recent activities and successes of the global Kasparov Chess Foundation family around the world. It will be produced on a more regular basis moving forward.

KCF Africa is proud to be a part of the global network of KCF Foundations and we hope that our regular readers enjoy the contents of the magazine.

The full soft copy has just been released and is now available for download at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/The%20Future%20of%20Our%20G....

Please note that the magazines is designed to be read as a two page spread and is best read in this format. Hard copies can also be requested free of charge from the local foundation heads in each jurisdiction for individuals who would like to receive them.

08:41, Sunday, 6th November, 2016

A children's tournament was held in the town of Guediawaye in Senegal on Sunday 30th October. It was organised by a collection of chess enthusiasts from the Diisoo Chess Club who now plan to organize a monthly tournament moving forward.

Their ultimate goal is to introduce chess to every school in the Wakhinan Nimzatt district where the club is based.

We thank Mr Maktar Sohna for sharing the attached photos with us and we wish the organizers well with their activities in Senegal.

20:25, Tuesday, 1st November, 2016

The November rating list was released yesterday and saw a relatively quiet month with limited activity in many African countries.

Egypt was the one notable exception as they added another 49 rated players to take their total of active rated players to 943. This represents 26% of all active rated players on the entire continent.

South Africa remains in a distant second place with 419 active rated players, followed by Algeria with 255.

On the individual side, FM Phemelo Khetho made a welcome return to competitive chess in the Botswana Open which concluded last month. He has immediately retaken the number 1 ranking in Botswana after a long absence and will hopefully be playing more regularly again in the future. FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria also added a welcome 30 ELO after beating two GM's in Atlantic City on the way to a 4th placed finish in the 3rd Millionaire Open tournament.

There were no major changes on the ladies side this month and the top ladies ranking table sees Egypt maintain a firm grip at the top with 5 of the top 7 ladies hailing from this country as at the end of November.

The December list should see some larger movements as events like the Swaziland Open and Tanzania Open are taken into account and we wish all participating players the best of luck in these upcoming events.

Full analysis of the latest ratings is available as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-statistics

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