08:30, Saturday, 4th February, 2017

The 2017 BMI Lesotho Open is under way in Maseru and has attracted players from South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The event features a 7 round FIDE Rated swiss tournament, a number of development tournaments and a FIDE rated blitz which will be played on Sunday.

The FIDE event has reached round 3 and there are currently 7 players who have recorded a perfect 2/2 start.

Results and pairings can be tracked at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr259312.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=3&wi=821 throughout the duration of the tournament.

20:27, Thursday, 2nd February, 2017

The February 2017 URS Ratings were published yesterday and see GM Wesley So clime to 4th place after his win at the Tata Steel Masters.

All 9 participants in the 2017 GCT Tour as well as GM Kramnik who declined his invitation are now ranked in the top 10 on the URS rating scale at the end of February.

Players can access all the latest rating information at http://universalrating.com/

07:06, Wednesday, 25th January, 2017

Chessbase have just published a great article by GM Maurice Ashley about the forthcoming Chess Masters for Africa Tour which will kick off in February 2017!

We wish to express out sincere thanks to the Paul Allen Family Foundation as well as to Chessbase and London Chess & Bridge who have both made significant donations to help make the tour a reality!

See the full article at

15:23, Saturday, 21st January, 2017

The 2017 BMI Lesotho Open has been postponed by 1 week and will now take place in Maseru from 3-5 February.

The tournament offers in excess of LSL 20,000 in prize money across the various sections and will feature both a FIDE Rated prestige tournament as well as a FIDE rated blitz event.

Entries are open and players wishing to participate should kindly contact Mr Tséliso Motloheloa to register and book accommodation as required.

The entry form and tournament brochure can be downloaded from http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0 while entries can be tracked at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr259312.aspx?lan=1

We wish all players the best of luck for the tournament.

19:51, Tuesday, 10th January, 2017

We were very pleased to receive the following photos from the launch of a new chess in schools program at the Dhagah Tuur Schol in Somalia.

The the program will run under the supervision of the Association of Chess Players of Somalia and has been implemented by the Somali Chess Federation with the help of boards and sets donated by the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa in 2016.

We are very pleased to see the equipment we donated put to good use and we congratulate the Somali Chess Federation on the launch of the new program.

13:11, Friday, 6th January, 2017

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is delighted to be able to announce that we will be collaborating with the Paul G Allen Family Foundation to facilitate a series of chess master training tours across the African continent during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year. The program will be known as “Chess Masters for Africa” and will primarily be funded by way of grant received from the Paul G Allen Family Foundation.

The exciting new program will see structured chess training provided across six African countries by Master level players including GM Maurice Ashley, GM Pontus Carlsson, GM Kenny Solomon, IM Andrew Kayonde and IM Arthur Ssegwanyi.

Between them, the masters will conduct training sessions in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania from February until June 2017. More than sixty locally based trainers are expected to benefit directly from the program which is also expected to impact more than 1,500 children through indirect training sessions.

We wish to thank Mr Paul G Allen for his leadership and willingness to partner with us to make this tour a reality. We are confident that the training provided will greatly improve both the playing strength and technical knowledge of the local chess trainers and we look forward to witnessing the results as they pass on this knowledge within their local communities in the future.

Download the full press release at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/press-releases

09:13, Thursday, 5th January, 2017

URS story now picked up by mainstream chess media as well

15:48, Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

The KCF Africa calendar of forthcoming events for the first 6 months of 2017 has been published and is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

Further events are still in the process of being finalized and will be added in due course.

We look forward to launching our activities for the start of 2017 in Lesotho at the end of January. The official tournament brochure for this event will be released within the next few days so that players wanting to participate can make suitable travel and accommodation arrangements as required.

12:25, Sunday, 1st January, 2017

KCF Africa would like to wish all chess players across the continent a happy a prosperous 2017! The new year will see a number of exciting initiatives not least of which is the launch of the exciting new Universal Rating System. While we wait for this service, here is the latest analysis from the January 2017 FIDE rating list.

Of note this month is that South Africa moved forward 8 places after both IM Henry Steel and FM Nicholas van der Nat returned to action after long periods of inactivity. The country improved its rating to number 70 in the world as a result and nudged back ahead of Zambia to be ranked 5th in Africa overall.

Egypt then added a very impressive total of 129 players to their live list in December and found itself just 1 player short of becoming the first African federation to register 1000 players.
Egypt now accounts for more than 25% of the rated players on the continent and remains the only African country ranked in the top 50 in the world.

Egypt also boasted the top 3 rated men as well as the top two rated ladies as at 1 January 2017. Algeria and Morocco are the only other countries with more than 1 player in the top 10 on either the open or ladies rating lists.

The KCF tournament calendar for the first half of 2017 will be published later this afternoon and we wish all players the best of luck in all events they participate in 2017.

21:38, Sunday, 4th December, 2016

The 2016 ACL Open came to an end in Cape Town earlier today and congratulations are due to IM Daniel Jere, IM Henry Steel, and IM Watu Kobese who all tied for first place with scores of 7/9! All 3 produced tournament performances in excess of 2450 which would have secured them IM Norm were they not already IM's!

FM Kalvin Claasen also put in a top class performance and will be earning 41 ELO's for his score of 5.5/9 which was sufficient for 4th place overall.

The Elite section was won by FM Mohamed Bhawoodien and the Prestige Section by CM Bartoli Andrew Flores who both scored 5/6 while Tristan Willenberg topped the Open section with a score of 4.5/5.

Final results and all 45 games from the IM Section will shortly be available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr249034.aspx?lan=1.
We wish to thank the team from ACL for running a great event as well as Chess24.com who carried the games from the Masters section throughout the tournament.

We wish all South Africa junior players well as they finalize their preparations for the SAJCC tournament at Birchwoods Hotel later this month.