A Weekend of Chess in Africa

Only last week, was the major sports festival concluded in Nigeria, with chess standing as a key sport at the festival.

Chess players assembled from across the country to represent various states and find a way to win medals for their respective states.

Image by Ogunsiku Babatunde

The Oyo state team won both the male and female team events. Delta state team finished second in the male section, while the Bayelsa team finished a close third.

However, in the female section of the tournament, the Lagos state team ended the tournament as a close second, while the host had to settle for bronze.

Image by Ogunsiku Babatunde

The best female player of the tournament was Enomah Emmanuella (representing Oyo state), who won three (3) gold medals, team, board and blitz gold medals.

Enomah Emmanuella| Image courtesy of Ogunsiku Babatunde

Although FM Oragwu Chukwunonso (representing Delta state) won the blitz gold, team silver, and board bronze. It was CM Onokpite Kennedy (representing Oyo state) who would go home as the MVP of the male section, having won the team gold and the individual board gold medals.

FM Oragwu Chukwunonso| Image courtesy of Ogunsiku Babatunde
CM Onokpite Kennedy| Image courtesy of Ogunsiku Babatunde

This weekend in Africa, there are a number of brilliant youngsters who have been given the opportunity to compete against themselves in tournaments at two different zones.

In Nigeria, the Danhypro U20 Open Chess Tournament would kick off the second edition of the series.

The first edition, which held at Port Harcourt, Nigeria, had Okemakinde Toluwanimi emerging champion of the tournament, with a better tie break against Olisa Tennyson.

Okemakinde Toluwanimi

This edition has more than double the number of participants in the first edition, and promises to deliver a better experience for both the kids and the followers of the event.

Okemakinde Toluwani is on ground to defend his title, and more youngsters are on ground to make it an impossible mission.

Oneke Isaac – One of the brightest youngsters in Nigeria| Image courtesy of Ogunsiku Babatunde

The top board of the event will be aired live via: https://view.livechesscloud.com/#4eeb340b-e1c7-4ea0-a224-a93428eafb7e. You do not want to miss this rapid fire event.

You can follow the results of each round, as well as the entire tournament through: https://chess-results.com/tnr557849.aspx?lan=1

Live from Uganda, the head coach of the nation, Fide Master Harold Wanyama has picked up from where he left off last year, with his brilliant invitational initiative.

The #WanyamaInvitational Junior Chess Tournament

This time around, he is giving an opportunity to a few of the young U20 players in the country, to show what they are capable of.

The games can be followed live through: https://live.followchess.com/#!fm-wanyama-invitational-2021.

Results can also be followed on: https://chess-results.com/tnr557929.aspx?lan=1

Finally, from the stables of the African Chess Confederation, comes the 2021 African Online World Cup Pre-Qualifying Chess Championship.

An event that is billed to host all the African zones separately, to find the top players in each zone. Unfortunately, players from zone 4.3 were unable to meet the registration fee of $40 per player.

These players will then be awarded a free flight ticket, accommodation and feeding for the African Individual Chess Championships in Malawi, next month.

All these events kick off today, and will definitely be a great follow for chess fans on the continent and beyond.

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