The August Rating list has been released and there are some significant movements after a very active month which included the 3 Millionaire Chess Satellite events as well as the African Individual Championships in Uganda.

Morroco added no less than 80 new FIDE rated players in July alone after holding their national championships, as well as a large junior event and a large open event all in the same month. They have surged to 5th on the list of African countries with the most number of FIDE rated players.

The on the individual front, FM Andrew Kayonde and FM Moklis el Adnani both climbed 7 spots and are now ranked 12th and 13th respectively on the Open list.

On the ladies side the biggest gainer was WFM Eman Elansary from Egypt who rose 6 places to sit in 8th place overall.

The recent trend of strong female players emerging in Nigeria has also continued this month and we must take note of the performance of Precious Agbazue who enters the FIDE rating list for the first time as the number 1 ranked female player in Nigeria and number 11 in Africa overall.

Younger players are also now finally starting to emerge in Ghana and we also wish to congratulate Joseph Jamena who finally reached his goal of topping the national ranking list in Ghana for this first time this month.

The full stats for August can be viewed as usual at