21:38, Sunday, 4th December, 2016

The 2016 ACL Open came to an end in Cape Town earlier today and congratulations are due to IM Daniel Jere, IM Henry Steel, and IM Watu Kobese who all tied for first place with scores of 7/9! All 3 produced tournament performances in excess of 2450 which would have secured them IM Norm were they not already IM's!

FM Kalvin Claasen also put in a top class performance and will be earning 41 ELO's for his score of 5.5/9 which was sufficient for 4th place overall.

The Elite section was won by FM Mohamed Bhawoodien and the Prestige Section by CM Bartoli Andrew Flores who both scored 5/6 while Tristan Willenberg topped the Open section with a score of 4.5/5.

Final results and all 45 games from the IM Section will shortly be available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1.
We wish to thank the team from ACL for running a great event as well as Chess24.com who carried the games from the Masters section throughout the tournament.

We wish all South Africa junior players well as they finalize their preparations for the SAJCC tournament at Birchwoods Hotel later this month.

11:49, Friday, 2nd December, 2016

The December Rating Lists were published yesterday and the results of both the 2016 Tanzania Open and 2016 Swaziland Open were submitted in time to be included within the December rating lists.

Both Swaziland and Tanzania added to their number of rated players and both countries have now entered the top 25 in Africa when measured by number of rated players in the country. Given that neither country had a single rated player 2 years ago this is an impressive achievement for both.

Other than these two events, it was a fairly quiet month across the rest of the continent and the lack of activity is reflected in the fact that the individual rating tables are relatively unchanged.

Since January 2016, it is encouraging to note that the number of active FIDE rated players has grown be a total of 632 off a base of just under 3000. This represents year on year growth of 21%.

Whilst the percentage growth is encouraging, the fact that less than 4000 African players currently have FIDE ratings remains a source of grave concern as this still represents only 1% of the global population of chess players with an active rating.

The latest rankings based on the December 2016 list is available as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings.

10:19, Friday, 2nd December, 2016

The ACL IM Norm event has reached round 6 and is now lead by IM Daniel Jere, IM Henry Steel and IM Watu Kobese who all have 4.5/6.
All 30 games from the first 6 rounds are now available for download at
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1

and live games can be followed daily at
https://chess24.com/…/live-tou…/acl-im-tournament-2016/7/1/1

The Elite and Prestige sections will commence on Saturday morning and are expected to attract a large number of local Cape Town players. Players are asked to note that the playing venue for the weekend has changed and all games will take place at Sans Souci Girls High School in Newlands (7 Esme Road, Newlands).

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.

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