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Founded by Reuben Salimu, a chess enthusiast and dedicated coach, African Chess Lounge is more than just a chess club; it's a community, a training ground, and a hub for chess lovers across Africa. Located in the heart of Cape Town Durbanville, we offer a sanctuary for players of all levels—from beginners to masters—to learn, play, and celebrate the game of chess.


Our Mission

Our mission is to popularize chess as a tool for education and personal development across the African continent. We believe that chess is not just a game; it's a life skill that enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategic planning. At African Chess Lounge, we aim to foster these qualities in individuals of all ages.

What We Offer

  • Coaching Programs: Led by Reuben Salimu, Head Coach of Curro Durbanville Chess Academy, our coaching programs are tailored to meet the needs of each student. Whether you're a novice or an advanced player, we have a program designed to elevate your game.

  • Community Events: From local tournaments to international championships, we host and sponsor various chess events throughout the year to help grow the sport and provide a platform for players to showcase their skills.

  • Educational Outreach: Partnering with schools and educational institutions, we conduct workshops and seminars aimed at integrating chess into educational curriculums.

  • Online Resources: Access a wealth of digital content, including tutorials, podcasts, and articles, curated by experts in the field.

Why Choose Us

  • Expertise: Our team is led by some of the finest coaches and grandmasters in the region.

  • Passion: We live and breathe chess. Our enthusiasm is reflected in the quality of our programs and the vibrancy of our community.

  • Inclusivity: African Chess Lounge is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or skill level.

  • Innovation: We continuously update our methods and materials to include the latest strategies and technologies in chess education.

Get Involved

Whether you're looking to learn chess, improve your skills, or simply be part of an enthusiastic community, African Chess Lounge is the place for you. Join us today and be part of our journey to make chess a household name across Africa.

Meet the Team


Club President

Shaun Somai

Club President

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Club Secretary

Juan Pretorius

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Executive Director

Reuben Salimu

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