The FIDE Rating list for April has been released and the updated rating stats for Africa are now available at

There were not a lot of significant movements in the individual rankings but South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Libya all recorded double digit growth in the number of their rated players after large FIDE rated events were held in these countries.

Zambia moved up one spot to lie 5th in Africa whilst Angola also improved by one to lie 8th.

In Nigeria, Miss Sadiku Omolola entered the rating list with an initial rating of 1910 and instantly became the number ranked female player in the country whilst also becoming the number 14 ranked female on the continent. She will be one to keep an eye on for the future.

On the men's side, the steady rise of FM Daniel Anwuli continued and he has rapidly ascended to assume the position of Nigeria Number 1 after improving his rating by almost 200 points since Jan 2016 alone! He now stands at 2365 and is well on his way to securing the IM title through rating and norms.

On the titles front, South Africa added 8 new titled players in the month of April whilst Kenya and Nigeria also had titles awarded to new players. We congratulate all players on these achievements.