Amadou Lamine Cissé crowned 2020 Senegal National Chess Championship
Amadou Lamine Cissé is the 2020 Senegal National Chess Champion. He secured the title with a perfect score of 9 points out of nine rounds with a round to spare.
It is interesting to note that Amadou Lamine Cissé was unrated at the start of the tournament.
Gbedo Sy Mansour was the runners up with 7.5/9.
Bernard Lesbros and Mouhamadou Mourtada Fall tied for third place on 5½/9, with the former taking bronze thanks to better tiebreaks.
Amadou Lamine Cissé v Mouhamdou Fallilou Dioum
2020 Senegalese Women National Chess Champion
Nadezhda Marochkina the only lady participant in the tournament, obtained an impressive 4½/9 and was crowned the 2020 Senegalese Women National Chess Champion.
Venue and other details
The National Championship was to occur in late December 2020, right after the Senegal Open Championship, with the top ten players from the first phase. However, the authorities suspended sporting activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The easing of restrictions in June 2021 allowed the federation to host the final phase of the delayed 2020 Senegal Chess Championship. The final phase took place from 11th to 20th June 2021 at the Arène Nationale De Lutte in Dakar, Senegal.
The event was a 10-player round-robin tournament with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
Robert Kaundum Diatta v Mansour Gbedo Sy
An interesting position occurs at the end of White’s 35th move which seems to represent the siege of Constantinople by the troops from the Ottoman Empire! The nine squares in the right hand corner has the white King surrounded by 3 pawns and 5 pieces!
Wara Diop v Mouhamdou Mourtada Fall
Photo credits Federation Senegalaise des Echecs and Mario Kpan.
Senegal National Chess Championship – Phase One
The first phase of the Senegal National Championship was held at Cours Sainte Marie De Hann from 4th to 6th December 2020. The event was open for both Senegalese and foreigners. The seven-round Swiss tournament brought together 44 participants. Top ten finishers qualified for the second phase. The winner of the first phase was Gbedo Sy Mansour, who earned the ‘2020 Senegal Open Champion‘ title.
The players and their points from the first phase who qualified are shown below.
1. Mansour Gbedo Sy – 6 points.
2. Nadezda Marochkina – 5½ points.
3. Wara Diop – 5 points.
4. Sékou Aransbène Badji – 5 points.
5. Robert Kaunduma Diatta – 5 points.
6. Al Hassane Wane – 5 points.
7. Bernard Lesbros – 5 points.
8. Amadou Lamine Cissé – 5 points.
9. Mouhamadou Mourtada Fall – 5 points.
10. Mouhamadou Falilou Dioum – 5 points.
Chess facts about Senegal
Amadou Lamine Cissé is the President of the Federation Senegalaise des Echecs which was registered in 1974.
The highest-ranked player in Senegal is Gbedo Sy Mansour at 2111.
Senegal has only 14 rated players.
Senegal has participated in seven Chess Olympiads (1982, 1986, 1988, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018)
Interesting facts about Senegal
The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Millions of Africans were taken as slaves to the Caribbean and the Americas through the ‘Door of No Return’ on Goree Island.
In January 1959, Senegal and French Sudan became the Mali Federation, which became fully independent on 20th June 1960 from France. This did not last long, and Senegal and Mali broke apart into separate nations.
The Great Green Wall
In 2012, Senegal began planting the Great Green Wall – a 7,000km long and 16 km wide wall of trees stretching across the arid Sahel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. The project is behind schedule but there is still optimism regarding its completion.
Dakar the capital city
Dakar was founded in 1857 by the French, who built a fort on the site of the modern Place de l’Indépendance.
One nickname for Dakar is the ‘Paris of Africa‘.
Sports in Senegal
Senegal’s most popular sport is ‘laamb‘ (wrestling).
The Dakar Rally, first held in 1978–79 and covering up to 15,000km between Southern Europe and Senegal. It is considered the world’s most gruelling automobile race. The rally was relocated in 2009 to South America after its organisers cancelled the event due to terrorism concerns.
Les Lions de la Téranga (The Lions of Teranga) is the nickname of the Senegal national football team.
Senegal flag and national symbol
The flag of Senegal has three equal vertical bands of green, yellow and red, with a five-pointed green star in its centre.
Senegal’s national symbol is the lion. A lion is the soccer team’s mascot. In addition one adorns the presidential seal, and lion statues are often placed at the entrances to towns and in front of military installations. Niokolo-Koba National Park holds the last remaining lion population in Senegal after years of encroachment and poaching.
Other facts about Senegal
The city of Touba in Senegal is known as ‘Africa’s Mecca‘. More than a million Muslim pilgrims visit it annually from around the world. The pilgrimage commemorates the Sufi Islam movement’s founder Cheikh Amadou Bamba and his exile in 1895 by French colonial authorities
Tribes of Senegal
A Griot or Jeli is a West African historian, storyteller, genealogist, teacher and more.
The local tribes such as Mandika and Wolof all celebrate this all-wise and all-knowing spirit even after they die. Griots when they die are buried inside the centre of a sacred baobab tree but not underground.