Ghana: Chess Prodigy appeals to Times editor-in-chief

Ghana Sports Writers Association (SWAG) Chess Player of the Year Philip Selikem Yao Amoako met with Ghanaian Times editor-in-chief David Agbenu on Tuesday.

Accompanied by his parents, Mr. Dennis Amoako, quantity surveyor and Dr Emefa Takyi-Amoako, teacher, they presented the SWAG prize and other trophies and medals won during his nascent career.

The visit also aimed to seek the support of the newspaper to highlight the exploits of the 11-year-old who should be the pride of Ghana on the international stage.

It comes after Philip was voted best chess player of the year at the 46th MTN SWAG Awards last Friday for winning a silver medal at the 2021 African Youth Chess Championships.

Welcoming them, the editor, Mr. Agbenu congratulated the chess prodigy for his remarkable achievements as well as the parent for the support offered to the young player.

“I am very happy to hear about the adventure of this young boy. As a press house we will open our pages to promote him; whatever he does. We are ready to promote and follow him through its competitions, “he said.

Sharing his experience with the sport, Mr. Agbenu recounted his son’s interest in the game which was ultimately “killed” because despite the support they offered him by buying him a board, there was no friends to play with.

He said Philip can lead the crusade to make sure Ghana wins more awards, stressing that the Ghana Education Service (GES) should build chess into the curriculum as it improves students’ intellectual abilities and reiterated that ” chess is not just a game but a learning tool. “

Mother Dr Emefa Takyi-Amoako said Philip was introduced to the game at the age of five, after three years of practicing with imaginary opponents because both parents were unfamiliar with the game.

“We were amazed by his desire to play after his three years of training, so we finally decided to allow him to participate in a tournament which, to our surprise, gave good results,” she said. declared.

She said after that the younger Philip was described by older and more experienced players as a “creative player”.

Dr Takyi-Amoako added that chess has so many benefits that would help develop children’s mental capacity and urged parents to introduce the game to their wards.

Father Dennis Amoako called on government and philanthropists to support Philip’s dream of achieving the title of Grandmaster and carrying the flag of Ghana high.

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