8-Year-Old Ghanaian Wins Africa Under 9 Chess Championship

Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong

Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong of the Jack and Jill School has won the Africa Under 9 Chess Champion Competition in the just ended African Schools Individual Chess Championship 2020. 

This is the first time a Ghanaian chess player has won such a contest.

For his prize, the 8-year-old gets a roundtrip air ticket by the African Chess Confederation to represent Africa in the World Schools Individual Chess Championships to be held in Halkidiki, Greece between May 2-11, 2021.

This year’s African Chess Confederation contest was hosted online as a result of the COVID-19. 

The five-day tournament saw 105 players from countries in the continent including Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Angola, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Morocco competing in different age categories: Under 9 years, Under 11 years, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17years.

Dave, who is currently Ghana’s under 8 champion, started the tournament with a win in the 1st round and suffered 3 defeats in subsequent rounds. 

Despite, the defeats, Dave came back to win every game in the remaining 5 rounds of the tournament. He finished with 6 points out of 9 to clinch first place prize ahead of top favorites: Mohammed Hossam Adham from Egypt and Rannveer Tak from South Africa.

source: graphic sports

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