Hasford, Ayiku Excel In Chess Tourney

Kojo Hasford won the 2014 edition of the National Chess Championship sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

He obtained 7 ½ points out of nine games to defend the national title, while Angela Ayiku won the ladies version.

The event, aimed at selecting the top two players from both male and female divisions to represent Ghana in the upcoming zonal championship.

Hasford beat a strong field of players, including Dr Sekou Nkrumah, an avid chess player; to defend the title he won last year, with Ayiku also overcoming Dorcas Allotey and Sarah Sena to defend her title.

President of the Ghana Chess Association, Philip Ameku, urged the government to make the game of chess part of the educational or sporting curriculum of the Basic and Second Cycle schools.

According to him, chess was one of the most effective educational tools available to strengthen a child’s memory as it enhances the concentration, patience and perseverance of an individual.

He added that Chess developed a child’s creativity, intuition, memory and ability to analyze, adding that Ghana could win medals with it when given the needed support.

The Treasurer of the Association, Amexo Ambrose, says funding had been the major bane to the growth of the game in the country.

He pleaded with the corporate bodies to come to their aid and went on to thank the sponsors of this year’s championship for their assistance.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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