The US Peace Corp is currently raising funds to support The Gambia Youth Chess Tournament which aims to bring together 20 boys and girls from across the country for three days. The plan to create an environment of fun and competition, where the participants will test their skills and make connections with other young people and with organizers at the local Federation. This event represents a rare opportunity for children from isolated rural villages to become members of the national chess community.

Participants will be selected from among children trained in the Chess For the Gambia project. For the last year, this project has offered over 160 children in rural villages the opportunity to train and practice through play and workshops. The Gambia Youth Chess Tournament will give these hard-working children the chance to win recognition for their achievements.

The event will provide a chance for the participants to be recognized for their hard work, and will promote education through chess in all the communities it touches.

The project is seeking to raise just under $2,500 and has already secured half the required funds. Anyone wishing to help fund this project can give to the 2017 Gambia Youth Chess Tournament by way of a community contribution at

We wish the organisers well as they seek to spread the development of chess in the Gambia!