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2016 African Individual Chess Championship

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One of Africa’s most prestigious chess event got underway in the bustling capital city of Kampala, Uganda on 17th July and which will run until 24th July 2016.

The site of this battle ground is Tick Hotel, Kampala and has attracted a total of 3 GM’s and 8 IM’s in the Open Section and 1 WGM and 8 WIM’s in the Ladies Section.

Top seed is GM Ahmed Adly at 2607 followed by GM Samy Shoker at 2489 both from Egypt in the Open Section.  In the Ladies Section WIM Shahenda Wafa at 2106 and WGM Shrook Wafa at 2096 are the top seed and both are also from Egypt.

The Ugandan hosts have IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, FM Patrick Kawuma, Simon Gonza, Fauza Farouk and Rajab Kamoga in the Open Section.  In the Ladies Section they will be represented by WFM Goretti Angolikin, WFM Christine Namaganda, Joyce Kabengano, Gloria Nansubuga, Shakira Ampaire and Stella Babirye.

Kenya’s representatives include CM Ben Magana, James Panchol, upcoming star Martin Njoroge in the Open Section and WCM Joyce Nyaruai.

The Open Section has 31 players from 11 federations while the Ladies Section has 23 players from 8 federations.

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Kenyan hope CM Ben Magana of Kenya in action. Photo credit Paras Gudka of www.pgonchess.com

This event had an exciting start from round one when Ugandan FM Patrick Kawuma 2247 held top seed GM Ahmed Adly 2607 to a draw!

 
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FM Patrick Kawuma of Uganda punching above his weight when he held GM Ahmed Adly to a draw Photo credit Paras Gudka of www.pgonchess.com

Another shock result was when James Panchol 2037 of Kenya defeated one of Uganda’s best players FM Harold Wanyama 2269 of Uganda.

 

The revelation of this event has been FM Andrew Kayonde of Zambia who is rated 2404 and who was leading the event by half a point with 2 rounds still to go.  The question everyone has one their mind is – Will the this lad from Zambia stop the highly fancied Egyptians from winning this event?  Only time will tell.

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FM Andrew Kayonde of Zambia. Will he be crowned Africa’s best? Photo credit Paras Gudka of www.pgonchess.com

Previous winners of this event have been GM Bassem Amin of Egypt who won it in 2013 and again in 2015 while IM Kenny Solomon of South Africa won it in 2014.

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WGM Shrook Wafa showing why she is a brave lady! Photo credit Paras Gudka of www.pgonchess.com

WIM Wafa Shrook is expected to win the event which will confirm her standing as one of Africa’s best lady player.  She was the Ladies winner of the 2013 and 2014 edition.

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WFM Eman Elsary (left) and WGM Shrook Wafa both of Egypt. Photo credit Paras Gudka of www.pgonchess.com

 

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