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"The Accra Classics tournament was an incredible experience. It brought together talented players and showcased the immense chess talent in West Africa."
1.All players with a FIDE ID are eligible to play in the rated section. 2. All players not banned by FIDE are eligible to play. 3. Non FIDE rated players can only play in the unrated section.
The event will be held at the Mercy Adelaide Aforo Asante Centre of Excellence, in Accra.
14th September All Day ARRIVAL
15th September 1200 Opening Ceremony, 1500 Technical Meeting, 1530 Round 1
16th September 0900 Round 2, 1300 Round 3, 1500 Lunchbreak, 1600 Round 4
17th September 1100 Round 5, 1500 Round 6
18th September 0900 Round 7, 1300 Round 8, 1400 Lunchbreak, 1600 Round 9, 1800 Blitz, 1900 Closing Ceremony
19th September Adventure Trip (Optional)
20th ALL DAY - Departure
16th September, 2023
0900 Round 1
1000 Round 2
1100 Round 3
1200 Round 4
1300 Lunch Break
1400 Round 5
1500 Round 6
1600 Round 7
FIDE rated swiss system will be used and the entire tournament shall be governed by the General Regulations for FIDE Competitions. 5.2 Players belonging to FIDE affiliated organizations as approved by the FIDE Council are also eligible to participate subject to these regulations. 5.3 Time Control is 90minutes plus 30seconds increment starting from move one. 5.4 Default time is 15 minutes. A player who arrives at the chessboard after the default time shall lose the game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise. 5.5 The final ranking order of the players shall be determined by the number of points scored; the player with highest number of points wins. 5.6 If two or more players tie for the first place or for any position, the tie shall be broken in the following order: Direct Encounter points (applies only if all tied players have played each other); Buchholz Cut 1; Buchholz; Greater number of wins with black pieces. Greater number of wins.
The Organizer shall award Trophies, medals, certificates and cash prices to eligible participants as follows:
Overall winner (1st Prize) /- Certificate of Honour, Trophy- Kwame Nkrumah Excellence Award, Medal -Trophy -Cash price of GHC 5,000
2nd Prize - Certificate of Honour, Climate Gatekeeper Award, Trophy, Medal, Cash Price of GHC 3,000 -
3rd Prize - Certificate of Honour - Trophy- Organic and Green Sensitization Gatekeeper Award -Medal Cash Price of GHC 2,000
Overall Best Female - Yaa Asantewaa Gallant Warrior Award
Overall Best Youth - Male & Female - Rising Star Award
Fair Play Award - Pryce Kojo Thompson Fair Award
Registration – Accommodation package includes (per person): . Accommodation for 11 Nights . Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Transportation from the Kotoka International Airport to the venue/hostel upon arrival and from the hostel to the airport on departure. (NB: Hostel accommodation is free for all titled invited players who opt to stay in the hostel).
There is also a 5 Star Hotel Accommodation at the African Regents Hotel per night as follows:
Price per Single room - $200
Price per Double room – $ 175
Price per triple room – $ 150
The deadline for registration and booking is 10th September, 2023.
Payments shall be made after an invoice has been issued from the Organizers. Official email [email protected].
Participants should book their flights to Kotoka International Airport, Accra Ghana
“Joining the West Africa Chess Academy was a game-changer for me. It provided me with the opportunity to compete in prestigious tournaments and connect with fellow chess enthusiasts.” - Yan Martinez
Any participant who requires a visa to enter Ghana is required to contact the organizer before 14th August, 2023 for the necessary invitation letters. The organizer shall not be responsible for late submissions and applications for visas.
Charles R.A. Tandoh Esq