After months of playing over the internet, Ghanaian chessheads can breathe a sigh of relief as the country is set to resume its over the board (OTB) chess activities with the Checkmate COVID-19 Chess Championships which is set to take place at the Accra Sports Stadium Media Center from 22nd to 23rd August 2020.
We spoke to Ghana Chess Association (GCA) President, Philip Ameku about the return of OTB chess and the upcoming 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.”
“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.”
The tournament will also be the first time we will see the GCA’s new look Technical Committee in action. The GCA on 16th August 2020 revealed the committee that will be led by former GCA Vice-President, Candidate Master (CM) Edward Thompson.
The committee was elected on 7th August 2020 with an impressive line-up which includes former GCA Treasurer and FIDE Arbiter (FA) Ambrose Amexo (who will serve as the committee’s secretary), 2019 National Chess Champion FIDE Master (FM) John Hasford, FA John Solarays, Prof. Richard Adanu, and Dr. Kwabena Adu-Poku.
The committee’s main task will be to come up with policies and guidelines regarding arbitration, anti-cheating, local titles and licenses, national team selection, among others.
Speaking exclusively to PMChess about the committee, GCA President, Philip Ameku said “With the caliber of people on the team it tells you that they are going to work as a team and definitely there will be no stone left unturned.”
The winner of the tournament will receive GHC700 in prize money and a gold medal, second will receive GHC500 and a silver medal, third GHC300, and a bronze medal and the best junior and best female claim GHC200 respectively.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com