Egyptians excel in zonal chess championships

03May 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Egyptians excel in zonal chess championships

EGYPT emerged overall winners of the just ended Africa Zone 4 individual chess championships hosted in Dar es Salaam last week.


The event attracted 12 countries and it was the first time that Tanzania Chess Association was hosting an event of this magnitude.

Egyptians Fide Masters (FM) duo Kandil Adham and Sobh Amrou were on first and second positions, respectively, while Harlod Wanyama from Uganda finished third.

In ladies category Wafa Shrook and Alansary Eman both from Egypt were on first and second places, respectively, while Kenyan Shah Riya was third.

The only consolation for Tanzania was Nurdin Hassuji who attained a Candidate Master(CM) title making him the second for Tanzania, after Yusuf Mdoe.

To attain the CM title Hassuji beat Kenya's Ngoro Maigua in a tense and decisive game that ensured he gets a final score of 4.5 points out of 9 to earn the much coveted title.

The Hassuji-Maigua final was even made more complex given that Hassuji's Kenyan opponent only needed a draw to attain the feat.

To emerge the winner Egypt's Fide Master Kandhil Adham drew with Burundi's Ezra Paul Chambers in the final round to finish with seven points to tie with fellow countryman Sobh Emrou whom he beat for the first position owing to superior tie-break.

The two Egyptians and the Ugandan attained the title of International Master (IM).

“It was a very good and competitive event as a total of 13 players in the open category attained titles, while two attained titles in the ladies category” said Tanzania Chess Association president Geoffrey Mwanyika.

He said the other Tanzanian player who played very well was Candidate Master Yusuf Mdoe, who also finished with 4.5 points but did not get a title because he is already a Candidate Master.

“He was only 1.5 points far of improving on his current title to FIDE Master. He needed 6 out of 9 points to attain a FIDE Master title. Me (Geoffrey Mwanyika) and Mlawa Hemed finished with 4 points”, he said.

The Chess Association president said Anawa Martha Fredy was Tanzania's best performer in the ladies category after finishing with a point in a tough field comprising several titled and more experienced players. This category was won by Egypt's Woman Grandmaster Wafa Shrook with maximum points.

Mwanyika said they are now organising a team to represent the country at the 42nd Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from September 1 to 14.
He said the country is intending to participate in both open and ladies sections. He also disclosed that Fide Arbiter Vinay Choudry has been appointed as one of the arbiters in the Olympiad in Baku this year.

Meanwhile, the only FIDE arbiter in the country Vinay Choudry received International Arbiter Norm, while National Arbiter Lyasenga John and Sunday Manara received Fide Arbiter Norm as well.

The event's closing ceremony was graced by Africa Chess Confederation president, Lewis Ncube from Zambia and the president of Zone 4 Vianney Luggya from Uganda. Both officials hailed the quality of the country’s chess by organising the event.

“It gives me great pleasure to address you at the climax of a highly successful event that has attracted the biggest number of countries to ever participate in a zonal in history. On that note, I commend and congratulate the hosts and all parties involved in organising with such a spectacular manner.

“The hosts in particular deserve a big pat on the back for having come in to host this event on short notice. That Tanzania is a new Federation and only got affiliated to FIDE in 2014 but has already come of age to display high calibre organisational skills for such an international event of this magnitude, which attracted twelve (12) African countries is a major feat that deserves a big round of applause”, concluded Lyasenga.

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