GCF national open championship held

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The Gambia Chess Federation (GCF) national open championship ended over the weekend at the Cathedral hall in Banjul, with players drawn from different clubs across the country.

After six rounds of matches, Modou Sowe beat Ebrima Bah for the first prize and the first time in many years. As winner, Sowe received D5000. Ebrima Bah, known as Kuru Boy has been Gambia’s long standing best and dominant chess player.

He finished second place with five points losing one game during the competition and was rewarded with D4000.

Jalamang Jallow, Habib Mboob, Musa Sisaho and Dawda Jobe all shared the third position prize of D3000.

Meanwhile in female category, Sira Jallow used her Batumi Olympiad experience to come out on top and took the first prize of D3000 and Christiana Aziz who participated for the first time in the local competition finished second place and won herself D2000 while Fatou Jabbie and Huja Jallow both shared the third place prize of D1000.

From fourth to tenth position in the men category, each received D500 while in the women category, from fourth to tenth position each received D300.

All the participants were awarded certificates to complement their effort during the Federation’s national open championship in Banjul.  

President of the Federation Amadou Jallow encouraged participants to take the game seriously in order to achieve their desired goals in the future. He also urged them to continue training for the betterment of the game.

Second vice president Habib Mboob called on the government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports to consider the existence of chess game in the country and to empower the Federation as chess is the most tactical game in the world.  

Author: Amadou Kanteh