National Junior Chess Championships 2021

This year’s National Junior Chess Championship which was held at the DPS International School in Tema saw the participation of 64 juniors with 19 playing in the U20 category, 24 playing in the U14 and 21 in the U10 category. The top 10 from each category qualify for the FIDE rated finals to take place on the 4th – 5th December, 2021.

U-20 CATEGORY

Lary the G.O.A.T

Lawrence Ayim or Lary the G.O.A.T as he is passionately referred to by his peers had a perfect day at the National Junior Chess Championship as he topped the U20 category with a perfect score of 5/5. Lary is a 3rd year electrical/electronic engineering student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He loves to play the guitar, produce music and watch Japanese anime. Lary looks up to Fabiano Caruana and loves his personality, preparation and playing style and would like to become titled in the future.
Lawrence Ayim
U-20 Champion
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Benson beats Benson to 2nd Place

Benson Andrew Melomey, a third year Physician Assistantship student of the Central University beat the former girl child prodigy from Achimota School, Maud Benson to second place in the U20 category at this year’s National Junior Chess Championship. Despite them both finishing with 4 points, Andrew had a stronger tie break of 14.5 as compared to Maud’s 13.5 earning him the second spot. They both however qualify for the FIDE rated final which takes place this December.

Benson Andrew Melomey
1st Runner Up
Benson Maud
2nd Runner Up
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10-Year-old Wrestles Giants

10-year-old Acheampong Dave Quansah Chief proved why some refer to him as ‘The future of Ghana Chess’ as he plays strongly in the U20 category of the National Junior Chess Championship finishing 7th with 3 points after 5 rounds. The young Dave books a ticket to the FIDE rated final which takes place this December.
Acheampong Dave Quansah Chief
10 years old
David vs Larry
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U-20 Finalists

				
					Ayim Lawrence
Benson Andrew Melomey
Maud Benson 
Norvi Isaac
Amedro Selassie
Sevindir Omar Farouk
Acheampong Dave Quansah Chief
Allotey john
Maanvendra Kothari
Jeremiah Adjetey
				
			

U-14 CATEGORY

Wonder Boy Mawuli Strikes Again

Richardson Mawuli topped the very competitive U14 category at this year’s National Junior Chess Championship with an impressive 4.5 points after five rounds. Mawuli went unbeaten as he won his first 4 games and drew a very competitive game with his brother Richardson Mawutor in the last round. They both however made the podium and qualify for the FIDE rated final which takes place this December.
Richardson Mawuli
U-14 Champion
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The BUCCHOLZ Tie-Break Decides.

An interesting turn of events in the U14 category at the National Junior Chess Championships as 4 players (Akaba Connel Nukunu Etsey, Richardson Mawutor, Thakkar Aarush and Shah Neev) finish the tournament with 4 points after 5 rounds leaving the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spots in the category to be determined by the Buchholz Tie-breaks. Akaba Connel Nukunu Etsey took the 2nd spot as he had the strongest tie-break score of 15.0. Richardson Mawutor followed closely in 3rd place with a tie-break score of 14.5. Thakkar Aarush and Shah Neev came in 4th and 5th with tie-break scores of 13,0 and 11.0 respectively.
Akaba Connel Nukunu Etsey
1st Runner Up
Richardson Mawutor
2nd Runner Up
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U-14 Finalists

				
					Richardson Mawuli
Akaba Connel Nukunu Etsey
Richardson Mawutor
Thakkar Aarush
Shah Neev
Gurbani Muskaan
Chandankhede Prasanna Lokesh
Akaba Conrad Nunyuie Atsu
Tandoh Hephzibah Awura-Ama Manubea
Akorli Joshua
				
			

U-10 CATEGORY

Nana Yaw Rules

Young Ofori-Boateng Nana Yaw dominated the U10 category at this year’s National Junior Chess Championship as he won all five of his games and scored a perfect 5 points after 5 rounds of play.

He qualifies for the FIDE rated final which takes place this December as the top seed no doubt.

Ofori-Boateng Nana Yao
U-10 Champion

The Tagboto Twins Magic

Tagboto Kathryn Nukunu and Tagboto Kayla Makafui who took part in this year’s African Youth Chess Championship came in 2nd and 3rd in the U10 Category of the National Juniors Chess Championship. Kathryn took the No. 2 spot with 4 points after rounds of play while Kayla took the No, 3 spot with 3.5 points after 5 rounds of play.
Tagboto Kathryn Nukunu
1st Runner Up
Tagboto Kayla Makafui
2nd Runner Up
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U-10 Finalists

				
					Ofori-Boateng Nana Yaw
Tagboto Kathryn Nukunu
Tagboto Kayla Makafui
Tetteh Elijah Oklemeh Lawer
Pryce-Tandoh Jeshurun Obiri Yeboah
Jipsa Adith Bija
Tandoh Hadassah-Mercy Aforo
Kissiedu Keith Ohene
Tagboto Philip Selasie
Ofori-Boateng Kwabena
				
			
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