13:14, Tuesday, 4th October, 2016

The October Ratings have been released and as expected there were some significant changes as a result of the participation of many African federations in the Chess Olympiad in Baku.

The biggest climber was Somalia who rose 14 places in the world rankings while Mozambique and Ethiopia fell 17 and 13 places respectively.

New entrants to the rating list include both Gambia and Cabo Verde who were granted full membership during the General Assembly meeting in Baku. In addition, Tanzania became the 25th African country to register a female rated player with Fena Gwamwamba securing the honor of becoming the countries first rated female.

In terms of number of rated players, Sao Tome & Principe were the biggest gainers this month and the Island Federation has now risen to 30th in the list of countries with most rated players.

The fact that less than 20 African federations have in excess of 20 FIDE rated players remains a major concern and there is still a lot of work to do to improve this situation moving forward. Only Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco and Kenya currently have more than 200 rated players and these 5 countries account for more than 56% of all FIDE rated players on the African continent.

Changes to the individual lists were somewhat less dramatic then expected with most of the top players remaining fairly unchanged this month. GM Hicham Hamdouchi did made a welcome return to the rating list however and has returned to the number one ranked player in zone 4.1.

Full analysis for October is now published as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-statistics

10:49, Saturday, 24th September, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have recently received a new shipment of chess equipment from our international suppliers. In addition to our standard KCF branded boards and sets, we are now also able to offer both DGT and LEAP clocks at excellent prices.

The clocks now available include the brand new LEAP PQ9912, as well as the older LEAP model PQ9903A which is now being offered at a special price of R500 (including VAT).

The recent strength of the Rand has allowed us to secure stock at excellent prices and we have updated the equipment page on our website to reflect the latest items we have in stock.

Any individuals interested in ordering equipment may do so by downloading the order form from our website at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/equipment. Delivery can be arranged throughout Southern Africa where required.

Prices for all equipment are listed on the main at the link above.

14:29, Tuesday, 13th September, 2016

Congratulations are due to team USA (Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Sam Shankland and Ray Robson) who have just been confirmed as the gold medal winners at the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku. Also to team China (Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi and Guo Qi) who won the ladies gold medal.

Final standings
1. USA
2. Ukraine
3. Russia

1. China
2. Poland
3. Ukraine

Final standings are now available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr232875.aspx?lan=-1

09:59, Friday, 9th September, 2016

The September ratings analysis was a little delayed this month due to the ongoing Olympiad in Baku but has now been updated on our main website - see http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings.

Last month saw Morroco rise 2 places in the overall country rankings and they are now ranked 3rd in Africa. South Africa continues to slide and is now 6th.

Morroco also created more than 30 new rated players in August and now has the 4th highest number of rated players among African chess federations. They held a number of rated tournaments in the month of August which have helped them to achieve this.

The month was fairly quiet as far as changes to the top of the open ranking lists were concerned but it did see IM Adnam Fawzy rise to 8th on the mens side.

On the ladies side, we see WFM Fadoua Arif (Morroco) re-enter the list at number 8 while WIM Zineb Abdi (Algeria) rose an impressive 8 places to find herself at number 9 as at the end of August.

Despite the disappointment of seeing many African countries unable to participate in Baku, we still expect some major changes next month when the results of the Olympiad are processed. We wish all participating African teams well and look forward to the updated results at the end of the tournament.

14:19, Saturday, 20th August, 2016

KCF Director, Mr Graham Jurgensen was interviewed by GM Maurice Ashley during the 8th round of the Sinquefield Cup held in St Louis.

Their conversation covered topics ranging from the work that KCF is doing in Africa to Maurice's recent experiences during his African tour.

The interview segment is now available on our KCF YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT0oMTOjYiE

14:35, Thursday, 18th August, 2016

We were extremely privileged to be able to attend an advance screening of the Queen of Katwe during the Sinquefield Cup tournament in St Louis.

The film is officially scheduled to premier in select markets on 23 September with the global release planned for the 30 September.

Listening to the reaction of some of the best players in the world it is clear its going to be a major success.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in chess in Africa!

15:19, Saturday, 13th August, 2016

The three winners of our Millionaire Chess Dream Maker Satellite tournaments have now been successfully registered and they will be joining a top field featuring many of the worlds best players in the finals in Atlantic City.

The Millionaire Chess website just posted this nice article profiling Maurice's recent trip to Africa. See https://millionairechess.com/mc-newsletter-64-july-gone-just-two-months-...

The latest list of participants is also posted at
https://millionairechess.com/mc3-list-participants for those interested in seeing what they are up against!

12:00, Friday, 5th August, 2016

Round 1 of the 2016 Sinquefield Cup will get under way this evening at 20.00 Central African Time (GMT +2).

The tournament is the third leg of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour and features 10 of the 14 best players on the planet. The average rating is 2779 making the the event one of the strongest fields ever assembled.

Live games will be broadcast from the official tournament website with commentary available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Tune in to http://grandchesstour.org/live-2016-sinquefield-cup-grand-chess-tour to watch the worlds best players in action every evening until the winner is finally crowned on the 15 August!

17:33, Thursday, 4th August, 2016

The August Rating list has been released and there are some significant movements after a very active month which included the 3 Millionaire Chess Satellite events as well as the African Individual Championships in Uganda.

Morroco added no less than 80 new FIDE rated players in July alone after holding their national championships, as well as a large junior event and a large open event all in the same month. They have surged to 5th on the list of African countries with the most number of FIDE rated players.

The on the individual front, FM Andrew Kayonde and FM Moklis el Adnani both climbed 7 spots and are now ranked 12th and 13th respectively on the Open list.

On the ladies side the biggest gainer was WFM Eman Elansary from Egypt who rose 6 places to sit in 8th place overall.

The recent trend of strong female players emerging in Nigeria has also continued this month and we must take note of the performance of Precious Agbazue who enters the FIDE rating list for the first time as the number 1 ranked female player in Nigeria and number 11 in Africa overall.

Younger players are also now finally starting to emerge in Ghana and we also wish to congratulate Joseph Jamena who finally reached his goal of topping the national ranking list in Ghana for this first time this month.

The full stats for August can be viewed as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-statistics.

20:37, Monday, 1st August, 2016

The overnight leaders in Accra both had excellent last days which eventually saw them share first place with an impressive total of 8/9 each.

Overnight leader Ajibola Olanrewaju just edged out FM Simplice Degondo on tie-break to take the first place trophy but both players will be very pleased as they recorded 2300+ performances and earned 43 and 51 rating points respectively.

FM Ochuko Onovughe finished in a distant 3rd place with 6/9 while CM Joseph Jamena justified his position as the top rated player in Ghana by finishing as the best local player in 5th place overall.

The ladies prize was shared between Angela Ayiku and Christiana Ashley who are both slated to represent Ghana at the forthcoming Olympiad in Baku in September.

We wish to congratulate all the winners and we thank the Ghana Chess Association, the Sheraton Hotel and Reisseco for partnering with us to put on another top tournament.

Final standings and the key games from the event can be downloaded from http://www.chess-results.com/tnr231927.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&wi=821.