Greetings from Ghana- West Africa!
Ghana, after hosting the Zone 4.4 U-16 Team Championships in December 2018, was considered to host the 2019 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championships after the original hosts Cape Verde pulled out from hosting the event.
The 2019 zone 4.4 chess championships took place in Ghana at Oceanic Hotel from 20th – 29th April with participation from over 70 player from 9 countries in both men and women categories with a prize fund of $4000 distributed to winners.
With a total number of 54 players registered in the open section and 18 players in the Women’s section, it is the highest turn out ever recorded at an African Zonal Championships according to Africa Chess Media.
Daniel Anwuli, a 27 year old Nigerian emerged winner of the tournament and walked home with the International Chess Master Title and a place at the Chess World scheduled for Khanty-Mansiysk Russia coming September.
The tournament was also graced by the distinguished presence of American
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley who handed out the cash prizes to the
All in all, I would like to thank FIDE, ACC, Oceanic Resort, the Arbitration team, the Organizing team, all players and Grandmaster Maurice Ashley for a successful event.
We also look forward to more of such opportunities and collaborations in the near future.
Yours in Chess,
GHANA CHESS ASSOCIATION
Philip E. Ameku
PRESIDENT – GHANA CHESS ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT- FIDE ZONE 4.4
GM MAURICE ASHLEY CHESS WORKSHOP AND SIMULTENEOUS EXHIBITION