Ghana for World Chess Olympiad

The National chess team of Ghana (Golden Knights) will participate in the 43rd Chess Olympiad scheduled to take place in Batumi, Georgia, this year.

The biennial event fixed for Saturday, September 22 to October 6, would attract more than 160 countries including Ghana.

Ghana will be represented by 10 players made up of five men and women to be accompanied by four officials.

The women team has two new entrants Maud Benson, a first year student of Achimota Senior High School, as well as Tobi Felix a level 200 student of the University of Ghana, who made it through the qualifiers earlier in March.

The other members are the Ghana Chess Association (GCA) Vice President Christiana Ashley, WFM Angela Ayiku and Dorcas Allotey who were all part of the previous national team.

The male team has current national champion FM Hasford John, six-time national champion IM Francis Anquandah, former University of Ghana champion Jamena Mensah, new sensation Anthony Ajavon and Lionel Adu-Jnr formerly of KNUST who qualified on his third attempt.

The delegation would be accompanied by the GCA President and Congress delegate Mr. Philip Ameku, National Arbiter John Solarays as well as CM Edward Sosu as Coach.

Ghana is also well represented at the arbitration department with Group Captain George Arko-Dadzie’s historic selection as an arbiter of the world event.

The GCA president said that, regarding funding of the team, there has been many attempts through the ministry and corporate Ghana with some room left for improvement.–GNA

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