KCF Africa wishes to announce that we will sponsoring an African tour in July be GM Maurice Ashley, one of the lead commentators for the Grand Chess Tour and the driving force behind the annual Millionaire Chess tournament!

GM Ashley made history when he became the first African - American Grandmaster in the annals of the game. He has since managed to translate his love of chess to others as a national championship coach, world-class commentator, tournament organizer, author, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker.

He is best known for his work commentating on the biggest chess events in the world including the World Chess Championships, the US Chess Championships and the legendary Man vs. Machine matches between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue.

In recognition for his immense contribution the game of chess, he was also recently inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame!

His tour schedule will include stops in Kenya, South Africa and Madagascar and will include engagements linked to the Millionaire Chess Satellite tournaments in both Kenya and South Africa in July. He will end the tour in Madagascar where his activities will revolve around the 2016 Madagascar Open! He is also expected to conduct exhibitions and visit some local school programs during the 3 week tour schedule.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is delighted that GM Ashley has agreed to visit our continent and we look forward to the involvement of local corporates who will hopefully support aspects of his tour itinerary whilst he is in each country.

Further information on Maurice is available at http://mauriceashley.com/about/ whilst details of the tournaments he is expected to visit will be published as received at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

Players who are interested in joining Maurice at the Madagascar Open this year can already get full details of this tournament at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/ICO_MAD_2016_Invitation_Eng...