The Cote dIvoire Invitational is now well and truly under way and the turnout has been truly amazing! A total of 10 teams consisting of 4 players each is participating in Abidjan and there are no less than 7 different West African Federations participating.

The national chess federations of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Liberia have all sent teams and they are joined by 4 teams of local players.

The teams from both Liberia and Burkina Faso are participating in their very first international tournament and we wish all teams well for the tournament which will conclude on Sunday night.

Photos of the round 1 action have just been released on the FIDEC facebook page and the results are now available at

There are already some interesting results with Liberia surprising with an excellent win over the second CIV team in round 2!

The festival will conclude with an individual rapid and blitz event on Monday in Dabou. It will then be followed by 2 days of MiniChess training for the local trainers as Cote dIvoire gears up to formally launch MiniChess!