17:37, Monday, 4th July, 2016

The July rating stats have been released and the monthly analysis is available on our homepage at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings

A notable change that has taken place over the last few months is in Libya where the local chess federation has made great strides with regards to the number of FIDE rated players. They have risen to 4th place in the country rankings based on number of rated players after almost doubling the number of FIDE rated players in the country over the course of the last 6 months.

In terms of individual rankings the two top African juniors continued to move forward and both Fy Rakotomaharo and Adam Fawzy have now entered the top 10.

Another significant milestone was recorded in June by Zambian FM Andrew Kayonde who crossed the 2400 barrier to re-enter the top 20 after after a strong showing in his latest tournament in Lusaka. Andrew now needs just one further IM norm to complete his title requirements.

The ladies ranking list saw two new players from Morocco enter the top 20 following the completion of the Zone 4.1 Championship in Agadir in May.

We expect to see some major changes in August once the results from the busy July period are taken into account.

12:56, Monday, 4th July, 2016

July promises to be an extremely busy month as we are hosting no less than 5 major tournaments across the continent this month alone! Our full list of tournaments for July includes the following FIDE rated events.

1. Nairobi Gymkhana Millionaire Chess Open from 9 - 10 July in Nairobi, Kenya
2. The 2nd Nigerian Millionaire Chess Open from 12 - 16 July in Lagos, Nigeria
3. The Redpath Mining Millionaire Chess Open from 13 - 17 July in Johannesburg, South Africa
4. The 2016 Madagascar Open from 20 - 25 July in Antananarivo, Madagascar and
5. The 6th Presidents Cup from 28 July – 1 August in Accra, Ghana

We are delighted to be able to renew the partnership with Millionaire Chess this month and we look forward to the exciting Satellite tournaments that are planned in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. We also very pleased to be able to welcome Redpath Mining as the title sponsor for the South Africa tournament.

Full details for all 5 regional events have been published on the local chess pages but are also available for download at

We look forward to a bumper month of chess which will no doubt see many of the top players on the continent clash in the various events that lie ahead this month.

12:14, Saturday, 18th June, 2016

Day 2 of the YourNextMove GCT Rapid tournament from Leuven is now running live. Follow the action at http://grandchesstour.org/watch-live

12:50, Sunday, 12th June, 2016

The final day's play in Paris is currently under way with action heating up right now.

Catch up on all the videos and highlights at http://www.dailymotion.com/parisgrandchesstour.

Live games are available with commentary in both english and french at http://games.dailymotion.com/parisgrandchesstour and at http://grandchesstour.org/2016-paris-gct/watch-live

Enjoy the games!

08:44, Wednesday, 8th June, 2016

The June Rating Analysis is now published and there have been some significant milestones this month as expected.

Mali, Dijibouti, Eritrea and South Sudan all entered the rating list this month after players from these countries participated in the Cote D'Ivoire Invitational and the Zone 4.2 tournament in Tanzania.

On the ladies side, Marie Faustine Shimwa became the first female player from Rwanda to secure a FIDE rating!

Amongst the top male players, FM Fy Rakotomaharo continues to make progress and has risen to number 3 in Africa after recording a perfect 9/9 in the French Cadet Championships! Fy will be playing an exhibition match against GM Maurice Ashley during the Madagascar Open in July and we look forward to watching this match with great interest!

The full analysis based on the 1 June list can be found as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings

19:19, Tuesday, 17th May, 2016

KCF Africa wishes to announce that we will sponsoring an African tour in July be GM Maurice Ashley, one of the lead commentators for the Grand Chess Tour and the driving force behind the annual Millionaire Chess tournament!

GM Ashley made history when he became the first African - American Grandmaster in the annals of the game. He has since managed to translate his love of chess to others as a national championship coach, world-class commentator, tournament organizer, author, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker.

He is best known for his work commentating on the biggest chess events in the world including the World Chess Championships, the US Chess Championships and the legendary Man vs. Machine matches between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue.

In recognition for his immense contribution the game of chess, he was also recently inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame!

His tour schedule will include stops in Kenya, South Africa and Madagascar and will include engagements linked to the Millionaire Chess Satellite tournaments in both Kenya and South Africa in July. He will end the tour in Madagascar where his activities will revolve around the 2016 Madagascar Open! He is also expected to conduct exhibitions and visit some local school programs during the 3 week tour schedule.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is delighted that GM Ashley has agreed to visit our continent and we look forward to the involvement of local corporates who will hopefully support aspects of his tour itinerary whilst he is in each country.

Further information on Maurice is available at http://mauriceashley.com/about/ whilst details of the tournaments he is expected to visit will be published as received at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

Players who are interested in joining Maurice at the Madagascar Open this year can already get full details of this tournament at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/ICO_MAD_2016_Invitation_Eng...

20:16, Monday, 9th May, 2016

We would like to congratulate the team at MiniChess Lesotho who have just secured two fantastic corporate sponsorship deals from Metropolitan Lesotho and Kentucky Fried Chicken Lesotho.

These two companies have seen the value that the MiniChess program is delivering in the country and have each agreed to sponsor 5 schools during the course of the 2016 academic year.

Thanks to the support they have provided, the MiniChess program will be expanding in Lesotho and is reaching more than 2,000 learners this year.

We wish to thank both companies for their willingness to provide the substantial funding commitments that is required to make this possible.

We welcome their ongoing participation in the program and thank them for their willingness to partner with MiniChess and KCF Africa to bring the benefits of the game to thousands of learners across the country.

The sponsorship announcements were carried on national television news in Lesotho and have also been reported on in numerous media channels. This nice report from The Public Eye in Lesotho is just one of the nice reports that were generated in the local news media ...

13:22, Thursday, 5th May, 2016

The FIDE Rating List for May has been released but has not seen many significant changes this month.

One major positive development was the inclusion of Liberia for the first time as 3 Liberian players successfully secured the countries first ratings following the Zone 4.2 tournament held in Ghana.

Amongst the top 20 players, the biggest climber was FM Fy Rakotomaharo who moved up to 9th place in Africa after scoring a perfect 9/9 in the French Cadet Championships and increasing his ELO to 2437. Fy is now within 10 points of becoming the highest ranked junior in Africa as he closes in on IM Adam Fawzy from Egypt who currently holds this spot with a rating of 2447.

June promises bigger changes with a number of the African zonal tournaments as well as the recent KCF Africa events held in both Abidjan and South Africa due to be rated next month.

The full statistics for May are available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-rankings

The KCF tournament calendar has also been updated and is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

17:49, Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

The 2016 Capablanca Open came to an end yesterday and saw IM Daniel Jere from Zambia secure a well deserved victory with a score of 6.5/9 in the IM section of the tournament. Daniel played exceptional chess during both the PSS and Capablanca tournaments and richly deserved his victory which earned him in excess of $1000 in prize money across the two tournaments.

IM Richmond Phiri (ZAM) also played well and ended clear second on 6/9 whilst 3rd place was shared between FM Calvin Klaasen (RSA), IM Donovan van der Heever (RSA) and IM Andrew Kayonde (ZAM) who all scored 5.5/9.

In total, more than 240 players participated across the 11 different sections and we also wish to congratulate the following players who won their respective categories:

RR A: Willem Van Der Westhuizen (+43 ELO)
RR B: Ernest Tshabalala (+118 ELO)
RR C: Lawrence Tavagwisa (+118 ELO)
RR D: Yashkar Balmakhun (+94 ELO)
RR E: Ernst Rex (+87 ELO)
RR F: Victor Mantati (New FIDE Rating)
Swiss A: Johannes Moche (+89 ELO)
Swiss B: John Mkhaliphi
Swiss C: Hendrik Greyling
Swiss D: Christopher Jansen van Vuuren

The format of the event has once again proven to be highly successful and we are pleased to have been able to support this event for the past 5 years now. We specifically want to thank Phillip Silver Swartz Incorporated, Waterkloof High School, Chess24.com and the entire team of organizers, arbiters and officials who made this special tournament possible again this year.

We also wish to thank Mr Reint Dykema who has captured more than 100 images every round and whose fantastic photographic work from the tournament can be viewed at

Final standings from all sections as well as the pgn files are now available for download at

09:13, Wednesday, 27th April, 2016

Round 2 games from the IM norm section at the Capablanca Festival are now live at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/capablanca-chess-festival-...

Remaining games are at 4pm daily (GMT +2) other than Saturday which sees games at 10am and 4pm as well.