WFM Sanjana Deshpande wins a bronze medal at the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship
WFM Sanjana Deshpande proved she’s got what it takes to take on the best ladies in the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship when she brought home the bronze medal, after putting up a sterling performance.
WFM Sanjana was beaten to the silver medal by the highly rated Egyptian WIM Eman Elansary on tie break, with both players tying on 6.5 points out of a possible 9. The event held in Jimma, Ethiopia ran from 25th March to 3rd April 2017.
WIM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt was the winner of the Ladies Section. She ended with a perfect score of 9 out of 9 points to go home with the first prize of USD 750.
Gwen Jumba of Kenya ended up in 7th position with a respectable 4.5 points out of 9 points.
In the Open section Ricky Sang ended up in 6th place with 5.5 points while Peter Gilruth ended up in 8th place with 5 out of 9 points. Both earned the much deserved CM (Candidate Master) title by virtue of scoring more than 50% in a continental tournament.
Kenya’s other representatives Ramesh Vasanth ended up in 24th position with 3 points and Sumit Desphande who was the youngest contestant in the event ended up in 26th position with 3 points as well. Sumit Deshpande was presented with a special prize for being youngest contestant.
GM Essam El Gindy was the winner of the Open Section with 8 points. He went home with USD 800 as the first prize. He will also represent Zone 4.2 in the 2017 FIDE World Cup which will take place in Batumi, Georgia from 1st to 25th September 2017.