“Veni, vidi, vici” translated from Latin means “I came, I saw, I conquered” which was attributed to Julius Caesar after he swiftly crushed Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of Zela around 46 BC.
This phrase can now be attributed to IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda when he won the 2015 Tanzania Open with a fantastic score of 7/8 with 6 wins and 2 draws.The event came to an end on Monday evening 30th November 2015 at the Peacock Hotel, Dar es Salaam.
IM Elijah Emojong went home with TShs 750,000 (USD 375) as the first prize.
In joint second place was Cornelis Klaver of South Africa, Vishal Didwania of India and proudly representing Kenya Brian Kidula with 6 points each.
A special mention must be made of Kenyan lady Joyce Nyaruai who came out 10th with 5 points.It will be interesting to see if Joyce can win the ladies section in the forthcoming Kenya National Championship which is set for the weekend of 11th– 13th December 2015 at Strathmore University, Nairobi.
A total of 40 players took part with a big team of 6 players from Kenya led by Githinji, Hinga Chairman of Chess Kenya.
Reports from Kasparov Chess Foundation indicate that this was one of the most active weeks for African chess with no less than 7 events in Tanzania, Nigeria (The Ashton Wells Chess Championship), Ethiopia (The Addis Ababa Individual Chess Championship), Zimbabwe (The Knights Chess Academy & Soul Trust), Ghana (The Asmah Memorial) and the Kenya (Eastlands Open & the Nairobi Gymkhana Junior Championship).An interesting observation is that the Knights Chess Academy & Soul Trust event held in Zimbawe and the Nairobi Gymkhana Junior Championship held in Kenya were events held in preparation for the forthcoming 2015 African Youth Chess Championship which is being held from 5th to 13thDecember 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia.
We at Kenya Chess Masala are delighted by the active chess scene in our region and in Africa. We leave you with some photos that show the other side of Dar es Salaam (which in Arabic means “Residence of Peace”). Another interesting fact is that Dar es Salaam is not the capital of Tanzania as many people believe – it is Dodoma that is the capital.