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2021 African Youth Chess Championship

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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 market scene.
Accra market scene.

Accra is its capital and largest city. Ghana’s official language is English. Ghana Cedi (GHS) is its official currency.

Ghana means ‘Warrior King’ in the Soninke language. Soninke is primarily spoken in Mali, but still has speakers in Ghana and in several West African countries.

The flag of Ghana consists of three horizontal bands (strips) of red (top), gold (middle) and green (bottom); the three bands are the same height and width; the middle band bears a five-pointed black star in the centre of the gold band, the colour red band stands for the blood spilled to achieve the nation's independence: gold stands for Ghana's industrial mineral wealth, and the color green symbolises the rich tropical rainforests and natural resources of Ghana.
The flag of Ghana consists of three horizontal bands (strips) of red (top), gold (middle) and green (bottom); the middle band bears a five-pointed black star in the centre of the gold band, the colour red band stands for the blood spilled to achieve the nation’s independence: gold stands for Ghana’s industrial mineral wealth, and the color green symbolises the rich tropical rainforests and natural resources of Ghana.

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.

Panorama view of Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central region on the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, covers an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi).

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.

Kofi Annan.
Kofi Annan.

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.

Etor is a popular dish in south Ghana, prepared with plantain and/or with yam boiled and mashed, and mixed with palm oil. Groundnuts (peanuts) and eggs are used to garnish the dish.

Links

2019 African Youth Chess Championship.

2018 African Youth Chess Championship.

Kisumu town all set for 2018 African Youth Chess Championship.

Recap of the 2016 African Youth Chess Championship.

Update on 2015 African Youth Chess Championship.

Kenya bags two bronze medals at the 2015 African Youth Chess Championship.

2015 African Youth Chess Championship.