Report: 2021 African Youth Chess Championship in Accra, Ghana

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Isaac Okeke (U-18) from Nigeria Spotted here receiving his trophy. He won the championship with a round to spare.

The 2021 African Youth Chess Championship took place at the Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel, in Accra, Ghana, from 17th to 26th September 2021. The tournament had over 170 participants from 11 countries. Isaac Okeke—2135 (U-18) from Nigeria was the top seed at the event.

African Chess Confederation (ACC) organized the event in collaboration with Ghana Chess Association who played host to the participants.

Ghana Chess Association President—Philip Elikem Ameku addressing the audience at the closing ceremony

The championship had both male and female sections. Boys and girls competed in five (5) categories, namely:

  • U-8 
  • U-10
  • U-14
  • U-16
  • U-18 

The 9 round swiss tournament had time control— 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes to finish the whole game with an increment of 30-sec per move starting from move 1. 

Here is the list of Gold Medal winners in each of the categories:

Under 18

  • Boys—Isaac Okeke (NGR): 8/9
  • Girls—WFM Miladi Amen (TUN): 7½/9

Under 16

  • Boys—George Michael Kevin (EGY): 7½/9
  • Girls—WFM Marape Naledi (BOT): 8/9

Under 14

  • Boys—Mohamed Abderrahim Taleb Mohamed (MTN): 7½/9
  • Girls—Badenhorst Cleo (RSA): 8½/9

Under 12

  • Boys—CM Mena Martins (EGY): 8½/9
  • Girls—Romany Joy (EGY): 8/9

Under 10

  • Boys—Ekunke Odey Goodness (NGR): 8/9
  • Girls—Quickpen Deborah (NGR): 8/9

Under 8

  • Boys—Olanrewaju Obaloluwa (NGR): 9/9
  • Girls—Alaa Eldin Raghad (EGY): 7/9
Pictorial impression of some of the winners

Final standings Boys: Under 18 Under 16 | Under 14 | Under 12 | Under 10 | Under 8

Final standings Girls: Under 18 | Under 16 | Under 14 | Under 12 | Under 10 | Under 8

Due to low turnout, girls in the U-8 and U-10 played in the same tournament. After nine (9) rounds, winners emerged for final ranking and Prizes in each category.

Medal table and rankings

Photo Gallery

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