GCF set for National open championship

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Gambia Chess Federation is gearing up for its national open chess championship scheduled for 17th to 19th November 2017 at the KMC community centre along Jimpex road.

The three-day event will be coordinated by the federation’s international chief arbiter David Segwich from UK who is in Banjul for a weeklong visit as well as support the federation in their quest to develop and expand the game in the country.

Speaking ahead of the event, the first vice president of the federation Sasuna Mbye urged all chess players, especially those with FIDE ratings to come forward and register in time for the competition.

According to him, this will give the players better opportunity to better their FIDE ratings as the championship will be FIDE rated.

Mr Mbye reiterated the chess federation’s steadfastness in promoting the game in the country despite the numerous challenges they face.

“This is the beginning of many competitions we are planning to organise”, he said, adding that they are working very hard with their chief arbiter to organise a very successful tournament to reignite the interest of every chess enthusiast in and around the country.

Meanwhile, any player interested in participating in the competition can contact the secretary general for registration or any of the executive members as the number of the participants for the championship would be finalized on Friday.

Author: Amadou Kanteh