2021 African Youth Chess Championships
The 2021 African Youth Chess Championship will take place in Accra, Ghana from 17th to 26th September 2021.
The championships will feature both Open and Girls events in the following age categories: U-10, U-12 U-14, U-16, and U-18. Federations have the right to present one official player and up to a maximum of 4 additional players for every age category.
The venue for the 2021 African Youth Chess Championship will be the plush African Regent Hotel, Accra, Ghana.
Further details of the can be found in the 2021 AYCC Invitational Letter.
Medals for Kenya?
Kenya has had a reasonable amount of success at the past editions of the African Youth Chess Championship.
WFM Sanjana Deshpande (Ladies U18) and Aravind Vengarai (Boys U14) both won bronze medals at the 2015 edition held in Zambia.
Kenya obtained four bronze medals in 2018 edition held in Kisumu, Kenya. These came from WCM Janvi Nipul Shah in the Girls U8 and Naiya Gosrani in the Girls U14. Pranjal Ameetkumar Parikh in the Girls U18 and Dev Bijesh Shah in the Boys U18 were the other two.
Chess Kenya is due to send in a team to represent the country at the 2021 African Youth Chess Championship.
It will be interesting to see if Kenya can grab some medals at the 2021 African Youth Chess Championship.
Interesting facts about Ghana
Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of 27 million and has an area of 238,533 square km.
Accra is its capital and largest city. Ghana’s official language is English. Ghana Cedi (GHS) is its official currency.
It has three bordering countries that are Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Togo.
Ghana was a British crown colony from 1875. Because of the vast amounts of gold found in the area, it was dubbed ‘The Gold Coast‘.
Ghana is known for its butterflies. Kakum National Park is home to over 600 species of butterfly.
Kofi Annan is undoubtedly Ghana’s most well-known worldwide figure. He was the UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. Annan died in 2018 at the age of 80.
In 1991, Ghanaian Ferdie Ato Adoboe set the world record for the fastest run backwards. He ran 100m backwards in 13.6 seconds.
Ghana was the first country to gain independence in West Africa.