Launch of Africa Chess online blitz tournaments on LiChess and Last Saturday event with money prize

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Africa Chess online blitz tournaments. During the month we will have daily online tournaments on LiChess. On the Last Saturday of every month we will host a LAST SATURDAY event which will have a prize of US$50.

These tournaments will have a time control of 3+2. All our online tournaments BESIDE the LAST SATURDAY EVENT will have no prizes. For now the tournament is only open to people in the Africa Chess News Whatsapp group. The tournaments will be open to all Africans on every other platforms from next week!

Hopefully these online tournaments will lead to more people playing chess across the continent!


The Rules

How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw: 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.
If you win two games consecutively you will start a double point streak, represented by a flame icon.
The following games will continue to be worth double points until you fail to win a game.
That is, a win will be worth 4 points, a draw: 2 points, and a loss will remain worth no points.

For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 6 points: 2 + 2 + (2 x 1)
Arena Berserk

When a player clicks the Berserk button at the beginning of the game, they lose half of their clock time, but the win is worth one extra tournament point.

Going Berserk in time controls with an increment also cancels the increment. (1+2 is an exception, it gives 1+0)

Berserk is not available for games with zero initial time (0+1, 0+2).

Berserk only grants an extra point if you play at least 7 moves in the game.
How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament’s set time limit will be announced winner(s).
How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their rating.
As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time, however you may not face all other players in the tournament.
Play fast and return to the lobby to play more games and win more points.
How does it end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however they don’t count for the tournament.
Other important rules

You are required to make your first move within 20 seconds of your turn. Failing to make a move in this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.  Drawing the game within the first 10 moves of play will earn neither player any points

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

6 thoughts on “Launch of Africa Chess online blitz tournaments on LiChess and Last Saturday event with money prize

  • August 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Dear Mr Mubayiwa, congrats to that new side, well done. I am very happy to see the side developing strongly in future. As an expatriate teacher from 1985-1991 I helped in bringing chess to Zimbabwean scholars. The St.Paul´s Secondary Chess Festival was the first of his kind in the rural areas with 120 students from all over the country. I wrote chess articles in the “teachers´forum”, a magazin for teachers in Zimbabwe, created the first provincial Chess Association (Manicaland Chess Association) and went from school to school to foster chess. To that time the Zimbabwean Chess Federation possessed 30 plastic sets with paper boards. I was lucky to get the German President (coming to Zimbabwe for a visit in 1987) bringing chess matertial in a value of today 6000 Euro = 100 wooden sets and boards, 100 foldable sets and 30 clocks. I even managed to bring 50 zimbabwean players to participate in correspondence chess. Therefore I am happy that these times of ground work are over now and people get an online place to play chess in Africa. Therefore I wanted to hand in my appreciation for your work done !

  • August 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm


    Thank you for your kind words. Its been a huge group effort at Africa Chess Net to make inroads in the online world of chess.

    You were certainly a pioneer helping to nurture and develop Zimbabwe Chess talent. St Paul’s was known to have a good number of strong chess players. Thank you very much for your efforts and vision. That was a massive contribution to Zimbabwean Chess that you played a key role in facilitating.

    It took me a very long time to start appreciating the benefits of Correspondence chess.

    Thanks again for your time.

    Africa Chess Net

  • August 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Please how does one sign up to the African Chess News whatsapp group?

  • August 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Applause , let’s promote chess activities in Africa

    • August 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Thank you Paul. We are doing our best. Hope you get a chance to play in our events.


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