Liberia Grabs 130 Spot At Chess Olympiad As County Finished 2nd In West Africa
The 43rd edition of the Chess Olympiad ended at the close of last weekend with debutant Liberia finishing among the best 150 performers at the tournament.
The Liberia Chess Delegation to Batumi, Georgia marked their first appearance at the Chess Olympiad (the equivalent to the Fifa World Cup) scoring some handsome victories to pick up a ranking position among several other “Old hands” in the World of Chess.
The Liberian Chess team under the guidance of Liberia Chess Federation President William Thompson scooped 41 places; moving from 171 to 130 in the World Ranking at the end of the Chess contest in Georgia.
The team results saw them finished second behind Nigeria in West Africa (Zone 4) and are now seated at rank 16 on the continent of Africa.
Besides the rankings, Liberia also produced a FIDE Master or FM for the first time. Top Liberian Chess player, Jacob Jallah became a FIDE Master or FM, meaning; he can now compete at any international Chess competition.
The performance of the Liberian Chess team gifted the Country the position and a FIDE Master.
The World Chess Federation, FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), awards several performance-based titles to chess players, up to and including the highly prized Grandmaster title. Titles generally require a combination of Elo rating and norms (performance benchmarks in competitions including other titled players). Once awarded, FIDE titles are held for life, though a title may be revoked in exceptional circumstances. Open titles may be earned by all players, whilst the women’s titles are restricted to female players. A strong female player may have a title in both systems.
Just before the Georgia Olympiad, Liberia was unranked.
The Liberia Chess Federation was making its first international appearance at a Chess tournament since its establishment four years ago by now Finance Minister Samuel Tweah.