The June Rating Analysis is now published and there have been some significant milestones this month as expected.

Mali, Dijibouti, Eritrea and South Sudan all entered the rating list this month after players from these countries participated in the Cote D'Ivoire Invitational and the Zone 4.2 tournament in Tanzania.

On the ladies side, Marie Faustine Shimwa became the first female player from Rwanda to secure a FIDE rating!

Amongst the top male players, FM Fy Rakotomaharo continues to make progress and has risen to number 3 in Africa after recording a perfect 9/9 in the French Cadet Championships! Fy will be playing an exhibition match against GM Maurice Ashley during the Madagascar Open in July and we look forward to watching this match with great interest!

The full analysis based on the 1 June list can be found as usual at