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Gambia return from 2016 Chess Olympiad

Oct 12, 2016, 12:21 PM | Article By: Amadou Kanteh GCF media officer

The Gambia chess national team recently returned from the 42nd chess Olympiad in Baku Azerbaijan.

A five-man delegation headed by the Gambia Chess Federation president Amadou Jallow left Banjul on 3 September and arrived in Baku on 4 September 2016.

Members of the delegation included the 1st vice president Sasuna Mbaye, who also doubles as team captain, Ebrima Bah alias Kuru boy, Modou Lamin Sowe and Ousainou Garba as players.

During the three-week championship the Gambian team made “great performances” despite their late arrival for the competition.

The Gambia’s best chess player Ebrima Bah, commonly known as Kuru boy, made significant achievement by becoming the only second player to achieve the FIDE Master (FM) title in the sub-region.

Modou Lamin Sowe and Ousainou Garber both bagged candidate master (CM).

Amadou Jallow, president of the Gambia chess federation, while in Baku attended the FIDE general assembly where the international body presented its reports to the delegates for deliberations.

The 1st vice president, Sasuna Mbaye, who was team captain, attended a seminar course and was awarded a developmental instructor certificate.

Meanwhile, the Gambia Chess Federation congratulated the team for their heroic performance during the competition and thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their support during the team’s travelling as well as the National Sports Council and the GNOC for their unflinching support.

The federation also congratulated and commended their international chief arbiter David Segwich for his “great support” and technical advice to the federation and team before and during the tournament.

The Gambia’s FIDE rating has improved from 166th to 61st out of 180 FIDE member countries.