11:59, Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

The January 2016 FIDE rating lists included some significant milestones for a number of countries and also brought to an end a year which has seen some incredible growth.

The highlight of the month is undoubtedly the introduction of Burkina Faso to the world of FIDE rated chess. The invitational tournament which was run by KCF Africa in Ouagadougou in December produced no less than 12 new FIDE rated players and sees Burkina Faso enter the FIDE ranking list for the very first time ranked at world number 173.

Both Rwanda (+7) and Tanzania (+5) also made good gains whilst Namibia feel sharply after many of its top players dropped off the list due to inactivity.

On the Individual lists, both Kenya and Rwanda saw changes at the top of their open rankings as Peter Gilruth reclaimed the number one ranking in Kenya and Fidele Mutabazi did the same in Rwanda. The list of Top 20 African Ladies welcomed back WIM Tlale Tshepang who also re-claimed the top of the South African Woman's ranking list after comfortably winning the SA Woman's Closed Championships in December.

Some of the African countries that have produced phenomenal growth in the number of their FIDE rated players over the course of the last year are:

Countries Growth %
Burkina Faso 1100%
Swaziland 650%
Mauritius 500%
Madagascar 384%
Kenya 285%
Ghana 213%
Cote d Ivoire 200%
Tanzania 180%

KCF Africa is proud of the difference we are making on the African continent and we look forward to a productive 2016 as we continue to do so in the new year.

The full lists and country analysis based on the January 2016 FIDE rating lists are posted at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings.

11:47, Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

Hello grandmaster its good to be talking to you i think you try by all means to invite zimbabwe chess players to the tournament for africa

06:34, Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

The South African Junior Chess Championships got underway at the University of Cape Town yesterday and have attracted more than 2100 kids between the ages of 8 and 20 years old.

The annual SAJCC tournament is one of the largest junior sporting events in the country and it is fantastic to see the number of kids participating from across the country.

From next year, the tournament will be open to players from outside South Africa and it will be fantastic to see teams from neighboring countries participating alongside the best juniors from South Africa!

We wish all participants and teams the best of luck!

15:10, Monday, 4th January, 2016

The Open and Ladies sections of the 2016 Zimbabwe Open concluded yesterday with WFM Lorita Mwango and Godwin Phiri completing a rout for the Zambian contingent at this years event.

Lorita dominate the ladies section and recorded a comfortable win with a score of 7.5/8 ahead of Zimbabwe national teammates Colletta Wakuruwarewa (6.5) and Rhodha Masiyazi (6).

Godwin beat out a strong field which included a number of the players from the masters section to emerge victorious with a score of 6.5/7. He beat Elisha Thabo from Zimbabwe on tie-break despite Elisha recording impressive wins against both Spencer Masango and IM Kelvin Chumfwa.

New-comer Mugove Muririma topped the group on 6/7 to record an impressive place third finish.

KCF Africa would like to congratulate the Zimbabwe Chess team on an outstanding event which ultimately attracted more than 300 players across the 3 main events. Participation numbers are continuing to grow in Zimbabwe and we look forward to the emergence of new players who will no doubt benefit from the high level of competition that was experienced over the last few days.

Final results and standings from the open and ladies sections are available at the links below:

Open Section:

Ladies Section: