Over the weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Ghana Chess League also took place and its set to end in September with the next round being played in July.
Larry Vandyke, a 15 year old member of the newcomers Elichess played for the first time in replacement of regular player Joseph Sovereign.
In the end he defeated well established chess heads.
The youngest player at the league was a six year old boy, Chief Quansah Acheampong, son of the Director of Mentors Chess Academy. He demonstrated his skill as a boy from the Chess house.
President of the Ghana Chess Association and Founder of Elichess, Philip Ameku said he believes Ghana could be getting its first Grand-master. He made mention of the Ghana Chess Association planning on bringing Jamaican-American Grand-master, Maurice Ashley to mentor theses young talents on April 27, 2019.
He also appealed to corporate bodies for support towards the African Zone 4.4 Championships to be hosted in Ghana this week with over four countries in attendance.
Some top women grandmasters tend to say that their chess is more exciting because they play less draws. That theory was supported more in the first round of the Inaugural Cairns Cup in St. Louis with four out of five games ending decisively.
The Saint Louis Chess Club gets first honors in 2019 by staging a brand new top tournament for women only.
A 10-player round robin started on Wednesday in St. Louis and runs until February 15 with one round per day, and a rest day on the 11th. At stake is a $150,000 prize fund with the top three finishers receiving $40,000, $30,000, and $20,000 respectively.
With two players from the world’s top 10, the field is not as strong as the organizers would have liked to see ,mainly due to some players having to decline due to not getting their U.S. visa ready in time, the tournament was announced relatively late and it’s still a great group of players.
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