Meet 11-year-old Selikem Amoako, Ghana’s Youngest Titled Chess Player with Medal from African Championship

Meet 11-year-old Selikem Amoako, Ghana’s Youngest Titled Chess Player with Medal from African Championship

  • An 11-year-old Ghanaian boy named Philip Selikem Yao Amoako has become Ghana's youngest titled chess player
  • The young prodigy made the historic achievement in 2021 when he emerged as the silver medalist at the African Youth Championship
  • Selikem's dream is to become a grandmaster who will be recognized around the world & needs support to achieve that

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A brilliant young man in Ghana called Philip Selikem Yao Amoako has established himself as a force to reckon with when it comes to the intelligent game of Chess.

Just last year (2021), the 11-year-old was able to win Ghana's only medal when he finished second to bag a silver medal in the African Youth Chess Championships, among 170 children from 11 different countries.

Selikem walked home not only with the silver medal but also a Candidate Master (CM) title making him Ghana's youngest titled chess player, as sportsinghana.com reports.

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11-year-old Ghanaian Selikem Amoako wins SWAG Award Chess Player of the Year
11-year-old Ghanaian Selikem Amoako wins SWAG Award Chess Player of the Year
Source: UGC

Not long ago, Selikem was invited by the Ghana Library Authority to introduce and teach a chess lesson to schools pupils numbering over 100.

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Not long ago, Selikem was invited by the Ghana Library Authority to introduce and teach a chess lesson to school pupils numbering over 100.

According to the young prodigy, a lot more school children should be able to play chess because the game is fun and has benefits for young people. It strengthens their decision-making skills, improves their memories, builds their willpower, motivates them to win, and teaches them how to deal with defeat among others.

In a conversation with YEN.com.gh, Selikem's father who sounded elated about his son's achievements at a tender age indicated that his dream is to become a chess grandmaster who will be recognized around the globe and not only in Ghana.

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To be able to achieve that feat, the young boy, however, needs a dedicated chess coach and scholarships for his schooling, sponsorships, and extended personal training periods.

Anyone with the ability to support is entreated to become part of the success story of Philip Selikem Yao Amoako which has already been launched on a high note.

Ghanaian man makes history

In another success story, Councilor Pious Ali, a man who hails from Ghana has been elected into a public office in the United States of America, which is the first in history.

Ghana Embassy, Washington DC, on their official Twitter handle @GhanaEmbassy_DC, broke the news and indicated that Councilor Ali is now Mayor Pro Tem.

"Meet Councilor @PiousAli: the first Ghanaian to win an election in the United States (US) and be elected into any US public office. Now Councilor Ali is Mayor Pro Tem, he became that by virtue of being the longest-serving city councilor in Portland, Maine," the tweet reads.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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