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IM Arthur Ssegwanyi is the 2016 Tanzania Open winner.

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The 2016 Tanzania Open came to a dramatic end last night when IM Arthur Ssegwanyi defeated IM Gillan Bwalya from Zambia in the last round to grab the winner’s trophy with an impressive 5/6.

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IM Arthur Ssegwanyi receives the winner’s trophy from Eng Geoffrey Mwanyika who is the President of the Tanzania Chess Federation. From left Nurdin Hassuji, unknown, Godffrey Mwanyika, Vinay Choudary. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

Tournament favourite and title holder IM Elijah Emojong 2339 was the sole leader after 5 rounds with a clean 5/5 and only needed a draw to win the event.  His last round opponent was 6th seed Zambian Kela Kaulule 2166 who upset the apple cart when he defeated IM Elijah Emojong.

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IM Elijah Emojong receives his prize from Nurdin Hassugi. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

At the end of the day there was a 3 way tie for first at the top of the Open section with IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, IM Elijah Emojong and Kela Kaulule with 5/6 and who shared equally the TZS 1,600,000 (USD 750).

WCM Christine Namaganda from Uganda scored 2.5/6 to win the Ladies section while a one day Junior event which saw 28 youngsters take part in a separate 8 round tournament. This junior event was won by George Aaron who just beat out Charles Cleophas on tie-break after both scored an impressive 7/8.

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The charming WCM Christine Namaganda receives her prize from Tanzania Chess Federation President Eng Geoffrey Mwanyika. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

Navini Choudary scored a very impressive 6/8 to win the best girls prize and also placed 3rd overall.  Navini Choudary is the daughter of Tanzania Chess Foundation President Vinay Choudary and has featured on this website a few months ago.  See story – Navini Chaudary at the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

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Proud winners. From left IM Elijah Emojong, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi both of Uganda, Kela Kaulule of Zambia. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

The top placed Kenyan was Githinji Hinga with an impressive 3.5/6 to end up in 10th position.

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Githinji Hinga of Kenya (left) v Mwali Chitumbo of Zambia which ended in a draw. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

I am mystified as to why only 2 Kenyans attended this event.  This was a world class event with some of Africa’s finest players in attendance.  The bus ticket costs KES 3,500 (USD 35) one way so it is not out of reach for many Kenyan players.  This was a great opportunity for Kenyan players to interact with the strong Zambian players.

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Juniors in action. Photo credit Githinji Hinga.

We are only able to bring you one game from this event.

This event which was sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa and it was a welcome development in this part of Africa which has very few international events.
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Crosstable for the Open section.