Promoting Chess in Equatorial Guinea
My name is Avi Gupta, and I'm a high school student from Portland, Oregon, and the co-president of the Chess Club at my school, Catlin Gabel. Along with Seth Talyansky, Hansen Lian, and Mathus Leungpathomaram. As a project for Spanish class, we investigated the circumstances of chess in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.
We received a message from Mr. Federico Ele Rano, a passionate advocate for chess in Equatorial Guinea. According to him, the chess players in the country number two dozen, none FIDE-rated. The first "semi-official" tournament in Equatorial Guinean history was held recently in Malabo, the capital. Here are a couple fun games from the event:
Mr. Ele Rano is looking to establish both scholastic and general competitive chess in EG. In particular, Mr. Ele Rano is seeking help with acquiring chess materials. We're fundraising for sets, clocks, and books for donation to EG. We have created an online GoFundMe page. Please consider making a donation to our cause—thus far we've raised $320 toward our $1000 goal. Even if you can't make a donation, please share the GoFundMe on your social media!
In the words of Mr. Ele Rano:
"If we use the chess outreach project to offer one chess set per school in [the capital] this year for example, I'll let you imagine the opportunity and potential for the following years..."
Currently, nine of our club members are playing correspondence games by email and WhatsApp with nine Equatorial Guinean players. The games can be followed here on Chess.com!
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to message me (JustAverageSkill) here on chess.com!