Philip Selikem today visited the Ministry of Education to present his silver medal to Deputy Minister Hon. John Ntim Fordjour with his parents and Ghana Chess Association President Philip Ameku and Vice President Christine Ashley.
Hon. Ntim Fordjour was happy to see Selikem, an 11year old boy performing well at the high stage, promised to support and assist him both academically and sporting wise.
Hon. Ntim Fordjour said the ministry did not announce any package for the silver medalist Selikem but ask him to expect a surprise after the return of his boss the Minister of Education from France.
Phillip Yao Selikem Amoako’s dad, Mr. Dennis Amoako and mother Dr. Emefa Amoako were happy for their son but revealed that they tried to deny their son from playing Chess when they were in the United Kingdom but Selikem hid to play and today it has yield results.
The 2021 African Youth Chess Championships which was held at the Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel, Nungua, Ghana from the 17th to the 26th September 2021 attracted a little over 170 children from 11 countries who played in 12 different age categories namely the: Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Open Boys and Girls categories.
This year’s event proved to be very thrilling and exciting as it saw a whole new crop of players put up marvelous performances as they battled each other for the medals and titles while carrying the banner of their respective nations. The tournament saw many upsets and many interesting outcomes which went to show just how tough the competition was.
The host nation, Ghana won its first ever medal at the continental youth championships when 11-year-old Amoako Philip Selikem Yao won the silver medal in the U12 category after finishing with 7.5 points after 9 rounds. The 11-year-old also walked home with a Candidate Master title making him the nations youngest to hold that title.