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Hemed Mlawa wins the 5th Zanzibar Open Chess Tournament


Hemed Mlawa who has the rating  of 1791 emerged as the winner of the 5th Zanzibar Open Chess Championship held over the weekend of 14th & 15th January 2017 in Zanzibar.

Proud winners. From left Taher Hassuji, Godlove Kimarao, Hemed Mlawa and CM Nurdin Hassuji (Photo credit Nurdin Hassuji)

Mlawa,who has represented Tanzania in the 2016 Baku Olympiad ended with 5.5 points after the hectic 6 rounds.

Glittering trophies up for grabs.

The second position was grabbed by Godlove Kimaro of Tanzania who has a rating of 1695 points and the third slot went to the CM Nurdin Hassuji also of Tanzania who is rated 1764.

Participants in action.

Nurdin Hassuji’s son 13 years old  Taher Hassugji emerged winner in Junior section with 3.5 points while the 2nd and third slot going to South African Keegan Stassen and Haruna Muhammed respectively in the junior category

Action was intense.

The highest ranked player in the tournament Zambian William Kangwa 1810 had to settle for fourth position with 4.5 points.

Proud moment for Taher Hassuji winner of the Junior section. Photo credit Nurdin Hassuji.

In general  the tournament was dominated by players from Tanzania Mainland who had brought a big delegation  as compared to Zanzibar.

Mr Stassen in action. (photo credit Alley Swaleh).

The best Zanzibari players were Ibrahim Adulrahman, Subeya Hemed and Amir Saleh who settled for 8th, 9th and 11th positions respectively.  The best junior player from Zanzibar was Marshed  Khalffan Talib who was placed 23rd with 2.5 points.

A view of Zanzibar. Photo credit Kara Louis.

Chess Zanzibar Interim Chairperson promised the Zanzibar Open would be an annual event and said his body was contemplating to hold another  tournament in June and hoping to attract players from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.

A monument in Zanzibar to commemorate the revolution. Photo credit Kara Louis.

Sponsors for the were Park Hyatt,Hurumzini Cine Cafe, ComNet, ZanLink and Zanzibar School of Health.

Final standing.

Reporting by Alley Saleh,  Interim Chairman of Zanzibar Chess Association and Member of Parliament for Malindi Constituency in Zanzibar.