Participating countries include Ghana, Nigeria and Togo with over seventy (70) competing athletes.
The tournament is aimed at identifying and scouting for talents for the National Youth Teams of the various countries to represent their nations at the upcoming Umbro Games in Manchester, England this year.
For Ghana, the tournament will also help discover new chess talents and train existing athletes to prepare for the forthcoming National Sports Festival in July this year.
The system and rate of play of the game is five (5) rounds according to the Swiss system and forty minutes (40min) for a game per player with an increment of 10 seconds per move respectively.
The Ghana Chess Association is grateful to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council for organizing the tournament.