Africa started off with 22 players, only 2 progressed to the second round, and only Africa’s number one managed to jump over that hurdle into the third but fell…
The number of games in the World Cup are becoming less and less as more and more players are getting knocked out. A lot of the favourites are making great progress to the coveted World Cup, but there have also been a handful of upsets. Bassem Amin is leading the way for Africa against former Candidate Etienne Bacrot from France, who…
We are happy to report that history has been made! GM Bassem Amin is now the first African to advance to the third round of the Chess World Cup.
Bassem Amin is arguably the greatest African chess player of all time. He continues to raise the bar higher and higher for Africans. The 5-time African champion became the first player to reach the second round of the World Cup in 2015 and now he has done one better and reached the third round! How did he manage to achieve this feat?
The second round of the World Cup welcomed the top 50 seeds of the tournament, who had received a bye in the first round. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri and, Africa’s very own, Amin Bassem, were amongst those who joined the event which was not without controversy following a COVID scare!