The Ghanaian contingent to the 2021 Africa Schools Individual Chess Championships are off to a flying start after impressive performances by all 5 representatives. The event which commenced on 13th December 2021 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is being hosted at the Pride Azure Hotel and features players from Botswana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and hosts Kenya. 


Relentless Jeshurun

In the Under 7 category Jeshurun Pryce-Tandoh, after coming close to winning U-8 Africa medal for Ghana earlier in the year, continued to practice and participate in both junior and adult events whilst preparing for Kenya. This afforded him the necessary confidence as he has so far succeeded in taking down tough opponents from Kenya and South Africa. Jeshurun has so far outwitted his opponents with his principled style of play coupled with his comparative concentration levels. He usually capitalized on his opponents’ blunders and then converts the advantage to secure his wins. With a perfect score 5 out of 5, he only needs to maintain the impressive form to take home Ghana’s first ever U-7 continental medal.

Jeshurun Pryce-Tandoh
Jeshurun (left) notating his move against his South African opponent Soojay Josiah


The Fearless One

A similar narrative was recorded in the Under 9 category as defending champion, Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong announced his presence by comfortably taking down two Ugandans, two Kenyans and one Zimbabwean. 9 year old Dave, after an managing an average performance during the under 10 African Youth, opted to play in the Under 20 division of the National Juniors and equally competed with adults in the Open Nationals as good preparation before heading for Kenya. He has also recorded 5 wins out of a possible 5 after shoving off stiff competition from his counterparts from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Acheampong Dave Quansah Chief
Dave (left) paired on board one against Jayden Mubiru of Uganda


Wonder Boy Mawuli Strikes Yet Again

New U-13 sensation, Mawuli Richardson, after earlier winning the Primera division of the Accra Individual Chess League and the National Under-14 championships did not cease to impress even at the African stage. He stands on top of the u-13 ranking table after holding his own against 5 competitors from Malawi and hosts Kenya. His major test will come in round six when he takes on second placed South African top seed, Soojay Jorah in what promises to be a tough encounter.

Richardson Mawuli
Mawuli (on the right)

Jeddidiah Acheampong and Mawutor Richardson despite both suffering two major upsets, are still in contention for a medal in the ongoing championships with 4 more rounds to go. Jedidiah boasts of 3 points out of 5 in the Under 7 open category points whilst Mawutor is currently on 2.5 points in the Under 11 category which is currently being dominated by South African players.

According to the GCA President, Mr Philip Ameku who is with the team in Kenya, the team decided to take advantage of the rest day to visit some tourist sites in Kenya notably the Nairobi Animal Orpharnage, GP Karting and the Village Market Mall, which according to him would serve as a rejuvenating day for the Ghanaians ahead of decisive games the following day.

The 9 round Swiss tournament will end on 19th December 2021 and we look forward to more achievements for our Ghanaian players.

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