On August 17th Arkady Dvorkovich visited Kisumu, Kenya to greet participants of the 10th edition of Africa Youth Chess Championships and discuss chess development with the delegates.
"I am happy to be here in Kisumu, it's a great chance to visit Kenya and meet people from other countries. I salute the players and Governor Nyong'o for hosting this tournament, it is important that chess is also developed not only in Europe but also Kenya and the rest of the Africa," said Arkady.
The FIDE presidential candidate addressed 174 participants before the start of 8th round of the 2018 Africa Youth chess Championship, a speech encouraging them to become future chess champions and keep their focus on chess while developing passion for this game.
Bilateral meetings have been held with continental chess officials from Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Cameroon, Sao Tome, South Sudan, Lesotho, Gambia, Uganda and Swaziland (the Kingdom of Eswatini). The FIDE Presidential Candidate put a limelight on accountability, right partnerships and marketing with local companies that have footprints globally, as well as assigning of tournaments on a fair basis and improving on the quality of existing ones. He also touched upon the subject of a four-year budget for each federation and FIDE's need to support the development of chess in Africa not in a year of election only, which has become an established norm with the present FIDE administration.