Teaching chess to kids is a passion as a responsibility. Being blessed to live in a wealthy country with lots of resources means that it’s my duty to give back to those who are not as fortunate. I was happy to be welcomed by Essoh Essis, president of the Côté D’Ivoire Chess Federation, and Philip Emeku, President of the Ghanaian Chess Association, when I asked to return to their countries to train the top juniors. I got as much as I gave. The children have such eager young minds that I couldn’t helped but be inspired by their effervescence, desire to learn, and deep appreciation for my presence. I had the feeling that I was teaching my own. I had a wonderful time, and I plan to return many times in the upcoming years. Africa’s kids need us, and we need them too.
Côté d’Ivoire, Abidjan