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Ghana hosted the maiden edition of the zone 4.4 youth under 16 chess championships from 16th – 23rd December at the Cape Coast sports stadium after several attempts since 2015

The tournament featured 5 teams from Ghana and two from Nigeria who engaged in an all play all games over 5 days. 

The Nigerians, who had just returned from the National Sports Festival in Abuja seemed better prepared for the contest as they won the initial rounds convincingly against the Ghanaian side. 

The Ghanaians, who were fairly new to classical FIDE rated competition took time to warm up into the games, this was evident when Ghana team D held the experienced Nigerian side to a 2-2 draw with convincing victories by Larry Vandyke and Enoch Nenyo Kpodzi against the PWC sponsored team. This result made Nigeria team A, coached by IM Adu Oladapo, automatic winners 

The overall winning team took home a trophy, computer tabletsfor each player as well as travel grant to play in the 2019 world youth chess championships. The team comprised of OsadebeMichael, Ayisha Azumi Suleiman, Garba-Jimba HaliyahTitilope, Adeyemi Ayomiposi, and Okemakinde Toluwanimi

Ghana’s best performing team was Ghana Team B made up of Naren Varyani, Joseph Sovereign, Audrey Aryiku, MalavDaftary and Eaga Rushikesh and they finished 2nd runner up.

Individual prizes also went to the following: Isaac Norvi, Aarush Thankkar, Rohan Sharma, Larry Vandyke and Alexis Rusquet.

Full details of tournament can be found at chess-results.com/tnr401375.aspx?lan=1

Thanks to all who made this dream happen. 

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