General Secretary of the Ghana Chess Association (GCA), Joseph Jamena Mensah on Saturday launched the street chess programme at this year’s Chalewote Street Art Festival in Jamestown.
The event, which was organised by Mr. Mensah alongside his partners Elikem Kofi Attah and David Ameku, was to bring chess to the streets of Accra in a bid to promote and educate Ghanaians on the sport.
Mr. Mensah in an interview with Univers Sport stated “I want to bring street chess into the life of the normal Ghanaian, to see it being played on the street like draught and to find it everywhere you go on the street.”
At the launch, scores of persons, mostly children, showed up at the event showing keen interest in learning about the sports which was being taught by the former GCA President George Arko-Dadzie and Mr. Joseph Mensah.
His partner Elikem Kofi Attah who also spoke with Univers Sports stated his shock at the numbers that participated in the event.
“We were overwhelmed, we didn’t know what to expect, but what we got today was way more than we could even handle” – he said.
“The kids were very enthusiastic about the game and were happy to learn how to play it, so we took the opportunity to teach as many as we could.” – he added
Street Chess Ghana, although not under the auspices of the GCA, saw a number of its members and executives participate in the event including President of the GCA Philip Ameku
“We work as individuals and we work as a group, so if one person has something he is doing we all come and support him.” – Mr. Philip Ameku indicated
Mr. Mensah also stated that even though Street Chess Ghana is not operating under the GCA, he said it will receive the support of the GCA.
“We intend to run this to help support the association (GCA), to help support mother Ghana and for everybody.” he noted.
Story by: Leroy Hawkson/universnewsroom.com