By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos Tv, Liberia
The President of Liberia Chess Federation (LCF) is calling on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to help finance his federation’s trip to Algeria to represent Liberia in the 2017 African Individual Chess Championship expected to kick-off in July 2017.
According to Winston K. Ireland, the LCF need a total of $14,370.00USD to take the team to Algeria and back.
Five Liberian chess players have been selected to represent the country in the individual Chess championship in Algeria.
The five players are, Barcon Harmon, who won the National Champion the FM Title (FIDE MASTER) with six points out of nine, Daniel Kolliemelen, Anthony Waylea Jr. John K. JallahJr and Abramam Kolakoh, all acquired CM Titles (CANDIDATE MASTER). Liberia now has six title holders to include Jacob Jallah.
Ireland said hosting of the national championship by his federation last year and the Zone 4.4 West African Individual Chess Championship in April was beneficiary to Liberia because the country performed to expectation against their visiting opponents.
“Taking the risk to host the championships without initial funding paid off with six of our players ranked among the highest in West Africa so we are in dying need of support to make this trip,” he stated.
He said athletes; John K. Jallah of Liberia beat the Nigerian number one, Bomo Kigigha and Barcon Harmon beat the Nigerian number two, Daniel Anwuli. He observed that Liberia has a lot of talents but they only need support to produce the kind of results they got from the just ended Zone 4.4 tournament.
According to the invitation letter received by the LCF, the championship will be held in Oran, Algeria from 1st – 13th July 2017.
Mr. Ireland told Front Page Africa that he is of the conviction that if his federation is supported, Liberia will be counted among the Chess nations.
“It is time we focus on individual sports and limit the supports to football because they have not won any for the country,” he said.
The event will comprise an Open Section and a Women’s Section with each Section of the Championship having three Time Control formats.