The November rating list was released yesterday and saw a relatively quiet month with limited activity in many African countries.

Egypt was the one notable exception as they added another 49 rated players to take their total of active rated players to 943. This represents 26% of all active rated players on the entire continent.

South Africa remains in a distant second place with 419 active rated players, followed by Algeria with 255.

On the individual side, FM Phemelo Khetho made a welcome return to competitive chess in the Botswana Open which concluded last month. He has immediately retaken the number 1 ranking in Botswana after a long absence and will hopefully be playing more regularly again in the future. FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria also added a welcome 30 ELO after beating two GM's in Atlantic City on the way to a 4th placed finish in the 3rd Millionaire Open tournament.

There were no major changes on the ladies side this month and the top ladies ranking table sees Egypt maintain a firm grip at the top with 5 of the top 7 ladies hailing from this country as at the end of November.

The December list should see some larger movements as events like the Swaziland Open and Tanzania Open are taken into account and we wish all participating players the best of luck in these upcoming events.

Full analysis of the latest ratings is available as usual at