The fourth edition of the Kees Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament saw University of Ghana chess player crowned champion. Anthony Adjavon clocked up 25.00 from winning 6 out of 7 rounds of the tournament, defeating ex National champion Hashford John Kojo to clinch the title.
Anthony was followed by Thompson Edward Nii Lamptey and vice president of the Ghana Chess Association Ameku Philip Elikem.
Anthony is in his third year at the University of Ghana studying Actuarial Science and is currently ranked 16th in the country.
The tournament saw top national chess players gather at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium on the 22 April 2017, to honor Dutchman Kees Hoogendijk who financially supported the national chess team during local and international tournaments.
The Swiss format of chess was employed during the tourney with each player having 20 minutes for every round.
Mr. Kees was a national chess player of Dutch origin and raised Ghana’s flag at the World Chess Championship 2008 in Dresden, Germany. He also financed several chess events in the past as he tried to develop the game.
He passed away in 2009 and had a competition organized in his honor since 2013.
Vice president of the Ghana Chess Association, Elikem Philip Ameku told GhanaSportsMail that the standard of chess had been raised at the tournament “the level has gone higher because we had a new face coming to win the tournament which is very very uncommon”