15:43, Monday, 25th April, 2016

The 2016 PSS Rapid and Blitz tournament exceeded many expectations and ultimately saw the top Zambian players dominate the field.

A tightly contested Rapid tournament ended in a three way tie on 8/10 with IM Chitumbo Mwali emerging victorious on tie-break ahead of IM Daniel Jere and IM Rodwell Makoto.

The Blitz event also went down to the very last round with IM Daniel Jere finally emerging victorious with a score of 8.5/10 ahead of IM Rodwell Makoto (8) and FM Andrew Kayonde (7.5).

The trophy and title of champion for this inaugural event were hence presented to IM Daniel Jere who scored and incredible total of 16.5/20. What made this fete even more incredible is that Daniel recorded this performance after spending almost 28 hours in transit from Lusaka and after missing the 1st round of the rapid tournament!

The classic section was won in fine style by IM Kudzanai Mamombe from Zimbabwe whilst the Junior Rapid tournament was won by Rogan Scullard.

Hosting the tournament at the Royal JHB and Killarney golf course turned out the be an inspired decision as the course offered excellent facilities which helped enormously to set the tone for the tournament. We also wish to thank Mr David Swartz from Phillip Silver Swartz Inc. without whom the event would never have been possible!

The final standings and results from all sections are now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr216511.aspx?lan=1!

We also wish to thank Chess24.com for carrying the games live and helping us through the live broadcast process throughout the couse of the two day tournament. Players wishing to access their games can now do so at the following links:



20:36, Saturday, 23rd April, 2016

Today has seen 7 rounds of action in the Prestige Rapid 7 as well as 3 in the Classic section at the PSS.

The live broadcast will resume tomorrow at https://chess24.com/en/embed-tournament/pss-rapid-2016#live starting from 9am South African time (GMT +2). Tomorrow sees the conclusion of the rapid event followed by 10 rounds of Blitz in the afternoon.

IM Daniel Jere and IM Rodwell Makoto currently lead the standings with 6/7 each.

All results from the first 7 rounds as well as the round 8 draw is now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr216511.aspx?lan=1&art=0&fed=RSA&turdet=Y....

The classic draw for round 4 is also available at the same link.

14:48, Wednesday, 20th April, 2016

KCF wishes to congratulate FM Daniel Anwuli who secured his second IM norm with a full round to spare at the 18th Dubai Open which concluded in Dubai yesterday.

Daniel faced 6 different GM's during the course of the event and beat GM Ankit Rajpara and GM Arun Prasad on his way to securing the title norm result.

In addition to securing his 2nd norm he also gained 27 rating points and his live rating now stands at 2367. He will now be looking to secure his third and final norm when he competes in the Capablanca IM Norm section in Pretoria at the end of the month.

Before Capablanca, he will also be featuring in the PSS Rapid and Blitz Open as part of a very busy chess period which sees him compete in no less than 33 FIDE rated classical games, 10 rapid and 21 blitz games within a 40 day period!

We wish him well at the remaining tournaments in South Africa as part of his ongoing chess journey!

08:16, Tuesday, 12th April, 2016

Entries for both the PSS Rapid and Blitz and Capablanca Chess Festivals are coming in steadily and both events have attracted many of the top players from across the Southern African region.

Players intending to participate at Capablanca are asked to specifically take note of the change of venue as the tournament will now take place at Waterkloof High School in Pretoria and not at Supersport Park as previously advertised.

The 10 player IM Norm Field at Capablanca has been announced and is now expected to feature the following players:
1 IM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2412
2 FM Kayonde Andrew ZAM 2394
3 FM Anwuli Daniel NGR 2365
4 IM Jere Daniel ZAM 2357
5 IM Mwali Chitumbo ZAM 2328
6 IM Phiri Richmond ZAM 2323
7 IM Oatlhotse Providence BOT 2295
8 IM Van Den Heever Donovan RSA 2231
9 Ovcina Dennis RSA 2214
10 FM Klaasen Calvin Jong RSA 2202

The average rating of this section is well over 2300 which will make the section one of the top events on the African continent this year. All the key games from both PSS and Capablanca will be carried on Chess24.com.

The vast majority of these players are also expected to feature in the PSS Rapid and Blitz tournament which will take place at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course over the weekend of 23/24 April. The entries for the FIDE rated PSS events have now been published and will be updated regularly at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr216511.aspx?lan=1

Entries for the RR events at Capablanca have also now been published and can be tracked at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr216504.aspx?lan=1

Players still wishing to enter both events are encouraged to do so asap. Entries should be effected via the links at http://www.tshwanechess.com/tournaments-events/ with payments made to the relevant bank accounts as indicated on the entry forms.

The brochures for both events are also available for download at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

15:25, Thursday, 7th April, 2016

A second African Arbiter who was also awarded his IA title during the March Presidential Board Meeting was IA Gilton Mkumbwa from Malawi.

Gillton earned his first IA norm at the 2014 World Amateur Chess Championships in Singapore and also officiated at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso. He went on to complete his norms at the 2015 Zone 4.3 Championships and 2015 African Junior Championships.

We wish to congratulate Gilton on this achievement which also sees him become the first arbiter from Malawi to earn the IA title.

13:22, Wednesday, 6th April, 2016

KCF would like to congratulate Purity Maina from Kenya who was awarded her International Arbiter title during the FIDE Presidential Board meeting held in Moscow at the end of March!

By fulfilling all the IA title requirements, Purity has become the very first female international arbiter from the African continent!

We congratulate her on this incredible achievement and wish her well as she continues to fulfill her arbiter functions in her home country and abroad.

Purity also recently qualified as one of our first licensed MiniChess trainers in Kenya and she is currently actively involved with the roll-out of the MiniChess program in Nairobi.

The full list of FIDE titles that were awarded during the March PB meeting can be found at http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9528-list-of-t...

08:43, Saturday, 2nd April, 2016

The FIDE Rating list for April has been released and the updated rating stats for Africa are now available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-statistics.

There were not a lot of significant movements in the individual rankings but South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Libya all recorded double digit growth in the number of their rated players after large FIDE rated events were held in these countries.

Zambia moved up one spot to lie 5th in Africa whilst Angola also improved by one to lie 8th.

In Nigeria, Miss Sadiku Omolola entered the rating list with an initial rating of 1910 and instantly became the number ranked female player in the country whilst also becoming the number 14 ranked female on the continent. She will be one to keep an eye on for the future.

On the men's side, the steady rise of FM Daniel Anwuli continued and he has rapidly ascended to assume the position of Nigeria Number 1 after improving his rating by almost 200 points since Jan 2016 alone! He now stands at 2365 and is well on his way to securing the IM title through rating and norms.

On the titles front, South Africa added 8 new titled players in the month of April whilst Kenya and Nigeria also had titles awarded to new players. We congratulate all players on these achievements.

13:47, Thursday, 31st March, 2016

The Capablanca Chess Festival has earned a justifiable reputation as one of the top events on the African continent and this year we are delighted to announce that the event will be coupled with a brand new FIDE Rated Rapid and Blitz Tournament.

The new event is known as the PSS Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships as is being sponsored by the Houghton based law firm Phillip Silver Swart Inc.

The two events will be run back to back between the 23rd April and the 2nd May 2016. They offer 29 FIDE rated games between them over the 10 day period (9 Classical, 10 Rapid and 10 Blitz) and a combined total prize pool exceeding R 90,000!

Top class facilities are being used for both events with PSS scheduled to take place at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course whilst Capablanca will be hosted this year at the Supersport Park Cricket Ground in Centurion. DGT boards will be used at both events and games will be broadcast live both locally and on international servers.

The number one rated players from Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa are currently all expected to feature in the series and we look forward to watching the top players battle it out at the end of the month.

The entries for both events are now opened and online entries can be completed at the following links



The full tournament brochures are then available for download at
http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0 for those wanting more information.

07:09, Thursday, 31st March, 2016

The tournaments in Nairobi and Harare have both come to an end and we wish to congratulate all the winners.

In Kenya, the open event was won by Ben Nguku on tie-break as he edged out Mehul Gohil after both players ended with 7/8. Top seed, Peter Gilruth placed third with 6.5/8. The ladies section was dominated by Jane Wambugu who amassed an impressive total of 7.5/8 to win by 2 full points ahead of WCM Riah Shah and Joyce Nyaruai who both ended with 5.5/8.

Full results of both sections are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr213040.aspx?lan=1

In the Easter Open in Harare, WIM Anzel Laubscher successfully defended her ladies title whilst Zhemba Jemusse from Zimbabwe recorded a number of excellent wins to tie for first place with IM Chitumbo Mwale from Zambia.

13:59, Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

There are two major events running this weekend with the 2016 Kenya Open taking place in Nairobi and the 2016 Easter Open being held in Harare. Registration for both events are now open.

As usual, the 2016 Easter Open will feature both an Open and Ladies section. The tournament will take place at the Ambassador Hotel in Harare from 25 - 28 March. IA Elton Mhangarayi is the tournament director and can be contacted at +263 771 471 822.

A promotional video has just been released on the Zim Chess players facebook page and is well worth a look for those feeling like a bit of light humor before the serious business begins. The video can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/dalithemba.ndlovu.31/videos/789720957839326/

We wish all participants the best of luck for both events!