Veterans and current Chess players took part in the tournament held at different levels in the country. Prizes were awarded to individuals in different categories including the best male and female players, the outstanding youngest and oldest player, among others at the end of the tournament.
William T. Thompson, President of the Chess Federation of Liberia and William Saah, Secretary General, Cheese Federation of Liberia, presented the awards to the winners.
Players who performed exceptionally and won cash prizes included Anthony Waylea, Jr., Abigail Karyah, Thomas Saah, James Bedell, Charles Haji Kiadii, Keno K. Sambola, Jr., Joel O. Ebiekuta, and Thomas Karyah.
Others were Kennedy Zinnah Kengo, Bobby Ballah, James Tondo, Miller Moore, Daniel B. Kolliemelen, Marvis Chea, Alfred Kollie and Harold Evans, among others.
Earlier, Mr. Thompson, Chess Federation President, lauded President Weah and the Government of Liberia (GoL) for including the federation in the celebration of his 55th Birth Anniversary.
"We are extremely grateful to the president and the organizers for always getting the Chess Federation to be a part of the president's birthday celebration,” Mr. Thompson stated.
According to him, most of the winners will be participating in the African Junior Chess Championship this December.
He also informed participants that Liberian players have received invitation and the booking of hotels has been done to play in Greece, but their only challenge is the host country's Covid-19 restriction that requires the players to undergo 14 days’ quarantine.
The Liberian Chess Federation is a member of the International Chess Federation and it has represented Liberia in major tournaments around the world.