The African Rating Analysis based on the FIDE March list has now been updated on our main website.

While the March list produced few major changes among the top African players, it did see a significant milestone recorded as the Democratic Republic of Congo finally joined the FIDE rating for the very first time. We wish to congratulate Daniel Sangi who participated in the Rwanda Open in Kigali for becoming the first player from his country to achieve this feat.

The most notable change among the individual ratings was recorded by FM Andrew Kayonde from Zambia who won his 3rd straight national title at the end of February. This win finally saw him break into the top 20 and he now stands at 2394. He is now poised to become one of only a handful of African players to achieve his IM title through the required combination of norms and ratings and will join an elite group if he goes on to achieve this feat over the next few months.

FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria is another young player who is also making significant progress and he has risen rapidly to stand at 2346 and number 2 in his zone. Both players have earned invitations to the Capablanca IM Norm section as a result of their recent form and we look forward to watching both players in action in this top April event.

The full analysis and statistics are available as usual at