Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong of the Jack and Jill School has won the Africa Under 9 Chess Champion Competition in the just ended African Schools Individual Chess Championship 2020, making him the first Ghanaian chess player to win such a contest.

For his prize, the 8-year-old gets a roundtrip air ticket by the African Chess Confederation to represent Africa in the World Schools Individual Chess Championships to be held in Halkidiki, Greece between May 2-11, 2021.

This year’s African Chess Confederation contest was hosted online as a result of the covid-19. The five-day tournament saw 105 players from countries in the continent including Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Angola, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Morocco competing in different age categories: Under 9 years, Under 11 years, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17years.

Dave, who is currently Ghana’s Under-8 champion started the tournament with a win in the 1st round and suffered three losses in subsequent rounds and that would make many junior chess players lose hope and forfeit a tournament, however, the young boy showed great fighting spirit and came back to win every game in the remaining 5 rounds of the tournament to be crowned champion.

He finished with six points out of nine to grasp first place prize ahead of top favorites. Mohammed Hossam Adham from Egypt and Rannveer Tak from South Africa.

Chief has his sight set on becoming a chess grandmaster in the near future and it has become imperative for the young prodigy to maintain his consistency in his chess hobby and therefore will need all the support going forward.