2019 National Youth Chess Championships Report

There was an exceptional show of talent at the 2019 National Youth Chess Championships which took place at DPS International School Auditorium on the 8th of June, 2019 featuring over 90 players in 7 different age categories namely; under 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and the new U-8 and girls-only categories.

A champion’s beauty is next to impossible to describe directly and hence deserve the acknowledgement for such exceptional performances. This year’s event saw a new set of winners for all categories which doesn’t only show the competitive nature of the event but also the room for improvement in each of these categories.

Joseph Sovereign, a rising prodigy from Achimota Senior High School toppled defending champion Rohan Karamchandani of Ghana International School with a splendid 5 points out of 5 performance.

An outstanding performance from Joshan Shunjaiy of host school Delhi Public School secured him the top spot for the U-16 category a position held by his school mate Larry Vandyke who took the second spot this time.

The girl’s title went to Angel-Jordan Quansah of International Community School as she secured 3.5 out of 5 points in the under 12 age category. We also witnessed a great show of talent by Enoch Nenyo Kpodzi from Great Stars Montessori as he displaced defending champion John Allotey of Basics International to second place in the Under 14 category.

The U-12 category was won by the adventurous Neequaye Jeffery from BASICS International and will surely be crowned the new ‘King of Chorkor’. He took the place of Alexis Rusquet of Lycee Francais d’Accra who didn’t participate in this year’s edition.

The unrivaled passion and determination shown by Tianjie Gao of Ghana International School ensured he took home the under 10 national title previously held by Rohit Godhwani of DPS International.

The fearless and courageous 6 year old Dave Quansah Acheampong won the under 8 category with a perfect score. The young chap from Jack and Jill School is the first to hold this title as it’s the first time the under-8 championships is being held.

All participants showed great enthusiasm for the competition and were focused while playing the matches. The matches clearly brought forth the eagerness with which our youth are building their skills. Congratulations to the winning participants who made their families, schools and Ghana proud allowing them to grab some awards in the form of trophies, medals, and special prizes.

GCA wishes to thank FIDE Development commission for supporting the initiative, DPSI for hosting the event and also to the Chairman of B5 Plus Ghana Limited Mr. Mukesh Thakwani who provided special awards for all medalists.

U8 Category
U10 Category
U12 Category
U18 Category

Below is the full list medalists

Under 18 Gold Joseph Sovereign Achimota Senior High School
Silver Rushikesh Eaga Delhi Public School International
Bronze Malav Daftary Delhi Public International School
Under 16 Awards Gold Joshan Shunjaiy Delhi Public School International
Silver Larry Vandyke Delhi Public School International
Girls Awards Gold Angel Jordan International Community School
Silver Akshaya Janakirana Delhi Public School International
Bronze Mercy-Hadassah Tandoh University of Ghana Basic School
Under 14 Gold Enock Nenyo Kpodzi Great Stars Montessori
Silver John Allotey BASICS International
Bronze Jeremiah Adjetey BASICS International
Under 12 Gold Neequaye Jeffery BASICS International
Silver Roy Edudzi Emmanuel Presby School
Bronze Vincent Yartey BASICS International
Under 10 Gold Tianjie Gao Ghana International School
Silver Mawunyor Nutepe Springforth Community School
Bronze Oscar Roberts Ghana International School
Under 8 Gold Dave Acheampong Quansah Jack and Jill School
Silver Sevor Eklenam Springforth Community School
Bronze Elijah Tetteh Queens International School