The curtain has fallen at the African Individual Chess Championship after nine interesting and competitive rounds at Golden Peacock Hotel in Malawi.
24- year Springbok chess player Jesse February made her international debut at the age of 17 at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland before she was awarded her Woman Fide Master title. At 19 she achieved the Women International Master title at the Zone 4.3 Championship in Mauritius.
At the Commonwealth Games in 2014, she finished 4th and was only one position shy of making it in the Olympiad team. However, her first Olympiad was in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2016 which saw the South African lady’s team finishing 72.
In 2017 Jesse went on and finished 3rd in the female section of the African Individual Chess Championship and again qualified for Batumi Chess Olympiad in 2018 and played board one for the South Africa women’s team.
At the age of 24, WIM Jesse Nikki February will be making her third consecutive at the Chess Olympiad after she emerged as the winner of the African individual chess championship in the women’s section. Jesse finished half a point ahead of her main rival WIM Nassr Lina from Algeria.
Her performance also earns her the Woman Grandmaster WGM which has always been her dream. Before that, she needs to fulfill her FIDE title requirements, by attaining a rating of 2100.