The University of Ghana (UG) chess club over the weekend from 2nd – 3rd March, 2019 participated in the in the first week of the Ghana Chess Association’s (GCA) inaugural Chess League at the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra.
The team has had a rough road in preparation towards the competition as a number of it’s regular chessheads were poached by new club Elichess, but this has given the opportunity to some fringe chessheads to shine such as the unrated Isaac Williams who is currently unbeaten in the competition.
Speaking exclusively to Univers Sports, UG Chess Club President and National Women’s Champion, Tobi Felix, has praised the performances of the team so far.
“This isn’t really the team we expected to bring, we had less hope in this team, but they are actually making us proud” she went on “We are doing well, we are hoping for better games and more wins.”
President of the GCA, Philip Ameku, seemed to agree with Tobi on the performances of underdogs in the competition stating that “…as we have already said is here to unearth talent and it’s obvious, we have many players causing upsets here and there with most of them being unrated, so I believe this presents a very unique opportunity for them to improve their skills.”
The University of Ghana are currently in 5th place on the table with 2 victories 1 draw and 2 defeats but captain Tobi believes that the team can get a top 3 finish by the end of the competition
“We looking to make it into the top 3, that’s our highest goal for now, it’s going to be very difficult but if we can do that there is no problem” she further stated “It’s a double round competition, we are going to play all the teams we played again, and so far we have made some mistakes and had some problems, but the players keep improving so I am sure the next round they play they would have improved.”
The next week in the Chess League is set to kick-off from 13th – 14th April, 2019 as the 9 competing club battle it out for a prize pool of GHC10,000.
Story by: Leroy Hawkson|universnewsroom.com