Over the board (OTB) chess returned to Ghana after months of absence due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the Checkmate COVID-19 Chess Championships coming to an end today 23rd August 2020 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The competition which kicked off on 22nd August 2020 brought together 13 chessheads including 2019 National Champion, FIDE Master (FM) John Hasford and Ghana Chess Association (GCA) President, Philip Ameku as they battled it out for the 1st place prize of GHC700.
The prize alongside a gold medal would go to 2019 National Champion Hasford, who went undefeated securing 6.5 out of a possible 9 points, second place would go to GCA General Secretary, Candidate Master (CM) Joseph Jamena Mensah who scored 5 out 9 with GCA President Philip rounding up the top three placing third with 4.5 points.
Here are the final standing for the competition;
We spoke to Philip about the return of OTB chess and the competition “We are scheduled to have our first over the board tournament ever since the ban on non-contact has been lifted. Basically we came up with the guidelines and the protocols that we are going to strictly adhere to.”
He also spoke about the guidelines for the OTB tournament saying “We have guidelines from the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MoYS), we also have guidelines from the Ministry of Health, so we are going to combine all of them. The document [guidelines] was released back in July so I am hoping that all players and clubs are conversant enough with the document so that we can have a successful tournament.”
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com