18:51, Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

KCF Africa was very pleased to note the recent announcement from Millionaire Chess which has confirmed that the 3rd edition of the tournament will take place in October 2016. The 2016 edition is now scheduled to be held at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City from October 6 - 10.

Following the success of our MC satellite series last year we have started working on hosting similar tournaments in 2016 and we hope to be able to make announcements in this regard shortly.

In the interim, the two key newsletters that have recently been released regarding the 2016 tournament are available at:
https://millionairechess.com/newsletter-55-mc3-here, and
https://millionairechess.com/newsletter-56-new-prize-fund-entry-fee

On a lighter note, this video of MC organizer GM Maurice Ashley taking care of business in the park is currently attracting a fair amount of attention on both the MC main page and via its original youtube link -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5vnpOp0U_g

We look forward to partnering with the MC team again and we hope to see more African players emulating performances like that of Zimbabwean IM Farai Mandizha in last years tournament!

08:08, Saturday, 13th February, 2016

A major milestone was achieved yesterday in Kenya as the first MiniChess lessons were delivered in Nairobi.

We wish to congratulate MiniChess Kenya as well as St. George’s Primary School who are officially the first school to adopt the program!

There is now significant interest in the program from local schools in Kenya and we look forward to many more schools coming on board over the course of the next few months.

08:12, Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Eugene Kagabo emerged as the winner of the 2016 Rwanda Open after he benefited from a surprise loss by CM Ben Magana to CM Godfrey Kabera in round 6. Eugene grabbed his chance with a fine win in the last round to score 6/7 and place first on tiebreak. CM Magana and CM Kabera ended second and third respectively.

The tournament attracted a total of 44 players from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and was another major step forward for the Rwanda Chess Federation. The tournament also saw the emergence of a strong junior player from Burundi as 15 year old Ezra Chambers scored 5/7 to place 6th overall whilst also claiming the best junior prize.

Another encouraging aspect was the number of woman players participating. Kalisa Odile scored a commendable 4/7 to win the best ladies prize whilst finishing 15th in the overall standings!

Another major highlight was recorded by Daniel Sangi who became the first player from the DR Congo to secure his FIDE Rating. With an estimated population of almost 80 million people, the DR Congo appears to be a sleeping giant in the region and we hope to see many more players from this country achieve similar rates in regional tournaments in the near future!

KCF Africa would like to congratulate all the winners as well as the Rwanda Chess Federation on a well run tournament. Final standings are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=7&flag=30&wi=821.

16:39, Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016

The FIDE Rating List for February has been released and as usual there are some notable movements from both federations and individuals.

The federations that added the most rated players in the month of January 2016 were Nigeria (21), Uganda (16), Angola (11) and Lesotho (10). A total of 81 new African players were added to the list of active rated players in the month!

The results at an individual level are particularly impressive this month though as two juniors have made huge strides forward.
We wish to congratulate Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria who rose from 2182 to 2346 and became the number 2 rated player in the country as well as 2015 African Junior Champion IM David Silva who also added over 100 points to rise from 2164 to 2332 (and take the number 1 spot for Angola.)

Junior players continue to benefit from their K-Factor of 40 and results like this are becoming increasingly common both in Africa and across the world. Having said this both players were arguably
heavily underrated beforehand and their new ratings are probably fair reflections of their true playing strength.

The full statistical results for February are available as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings

07:30, Sunday, 31st January, 2016

The 2016 Rwanda Open has reached the half way point and sees players from Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi fighting it out on the top boards in round 4.

Top seed CM Ben Magana has started with a perfect 3/3 but is joined on this score by CM Alexis Ruzigura who he is meeting round 4. Eugene Kagabo from Rwanda is the only other player on full score and finds himself paired against the Burundi Chess Federation President, Mr Deo Ntagasigumwami.

Deo is joined on 2.5/ 3 by his compatriots Ezra Paul Chambers and Gilbert Ryumeko are scheduled to fight out a local battle on board 3.

The results to date and draw for round 4 is now available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=4&flag=30&wi=821

11:53, Friday, 29th January, 2016

The draw for the first round of the Rwanda Open has now been published and the event will see 42 players lining up to participate including participants from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and the DRC.

Results and pairings will be available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1 as the action unfolds over the course of the next 4 days.

18:34, Tuesday, 26th January, 2016

Slight changes have been announced to the Rwanda Open schedule but the dates and playing venue remain unchanged.

Players from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya are currently expected to participate and CM Ben Magana from Kenya is currently the top seed.

There are still 3 days left for players to register and we wish all participants the best of luck.

The latest players list is available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1 for those still considering registration.

22:16, Monday, 25th January, 2016

There is sad news emerging for the Lesotho Chess Family as the LCF have just announced the passing of Libuseng Lepheane, who was killed in a car accident this morning on her way to school.

Libuseng was a student and a chess player at Masowe High School and had joined Mazenod chess club three weeks ago. She participated in the 2016 BMI Lesotho Open in the Under 14 section.

Details concerning the arrangements for her memorial service will be announced later on the federation page as soon as they are publicly available.

KCF Africa mourns her passing and offers our condolences to her family and friends.

22:05, Monday, 25th January, 2016

Sandile Mfundisi emerged victorious at Prestige section of the 2016 Lesotho Open as he held his nerve in the final round to head home a 1/2 point ahead of the field of 44 players.

He was made to wait before claiming the prize however as the final standings were decided by board 1 match which proved to be the last game in the entire event to finish. Clive Mthunzi eventually had to agree to a draw on board 1 after pushing for many hours against the local hero Tokelo Klaas and this left both players in a tie for second place. They were joined by WFM Jesse February who beat the ever consistent Alfred Pesa in the final round to also secure her place on the podium.

Klaas ended as the top ranked Lesotho player and earned over 60 FIDE rating points for his efforts. He is expected to improve to number 3 in Lesotho as a result of his efforts.

Congratulations are also due to Khanyapa Theko; Nyofane Katleho; Motlohi Motlatsi; Mohlahli Motsie; Maepe Thabang; Sekhoto Lehlohonolo; Motlomelo Khotso and Mohale Lebona
who all achieved full FIDE rating results in the tournament.

There were over 120 players participating across the 3 sections which also saw 40+ players in the U/14 section and a further 40+ players in the Open category.

We look forward to seeing the overall impact of the tournament when the February FIDE rating list is released next week.

Final results are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr202904.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=7&wi=821 and the games from the top 10 boards in each round will be uploaded shortly for those that wish to retrieve them.

20:22, Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

The second days play at the Lesotho Open has produced some fascinating results as well as a good share of upsets. The local players giving have given and excellent account of themselves and the overall results are extremely encouraging for the future of chess in Lesotho.

There has clearly been some significant improvement in the playing strength of many Lesotho players over the course of the last year and this is showing in the results.

After 4 rounds, Clive Mthunzi stands proudly at the top of the leader-board on 4/4. Time will tell however whether he can continue his good form tomorrow as he will need to play well to overcome the pack chasing him.

The latest standings at the end of round 4 as well as the draw for round 5 are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr202904.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=5&wi=821.
Games from the top boards will also be uploaded in due course.

We wish all the players in the Mountain Kingdom the best of luck for the final 3 rounds which will conclude tomorrow.

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