The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has revealed the countries that will be participating at the maiden edition of the FIDE Online Olympiad with Ghana being seeded 141st out of the 163 registered countries.
Ghana will be without its highest rated chess head and National Chess Champion FIDE Master (FM) John Hasford who according to Ghana Chess Association (GCA) President, Philip Ameku, had problems registering for the competition. “The procedure was a bit problematic for Hasford, so Hasford in particular, is not registered” Ameku said in an exclusive interview with TalksAfrica.
Ghana’s team consists of Candidate Master (CM) Lionel Adu Jnr, Bernard Anhwere, Women Candidate Master (WCM) Tobi Felix, GCA Vice President Christiana Naa Merley Ashley, Candidate Master (CM) Anthony Ajavon, International Master (IM) Eric Anquandah, Women FIDE Master (WFM) Angela Ayiku, Dzidor Dotse while the U20 category will see the country represented by Philip Amoako, 2019 National Girls Champion Angel-Jordan Quansah, Devina Gokaldas and 2018 National Youth Champion Rohan Karamchandani.
Registration for the FIDE Online Olympiad ended 17th July 2020 with the competition set to begin 22nd July 2020 and end 30th August 2020 and Ameku revealed the GCA’s plans for the competition. “We are making arrangements for us [the team] to converge at the stadium [Accra Sports Stadium] with all the protection, then we set up a stable internet, provide them [the team] with gadgets to play over there.”
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com