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Action Galore at Chilufya Memorial Chess Tournament

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The Henry Chilufya Memorial Chess Tournament going on in the Zambian town of Mansa continues to thrill chess fans across Africa and rest of the world.

From left GM Alon Greenfield versus GM Abhijeet Gupta in a game which ended with a hard fought draw after 119 moves. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.

Social media groups have been abuzz with lively commentary being being made throughout the duration of the games.  The live transmission of the games has been made possible by the hardware and connectivity provided by Terrian Chess Academy.  You can follow the live games here – Live Games.

GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt was sitting firmly at the top with 7.5 points at the end of the 8th round .

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda punched way above his weight when he sensationally defeated 4 times Commonwealth Chess Champion GM Abhijeet Gupta of India in their round 6 encounter!

From left GM Alon Greenfield versus GM Abhijeet Gupta and IM Arthur Ssegwanyi versus GM Adly Ahmed. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.

Arthur was again in scintillating form in round 7 when he held GM Petr Kiriakov of Russia to a hard fought draw.

There was a loud cheer for IM Mwali Chitumbo aka Copper Eagle of Zambia who also held GM Abhijeet Gupta to a draw.

Round 5 encounter IM Phiri Richmond (left) and IM Mwali Chitumbo both of Zambia. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.

FM Harold Wanyama of Uganda lost his game in round 7 against the formidable GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt.

View of the playing hall. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.

24th October 2017 is a rest day with the final round being played tomorrow afternoon at 3pm local time.

All games from the first 8 rounds can be found here – Round 1 to 8.

IM David Silva of Angola was the winner in the Open Section with 8.5 points and Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe was 2nd with 7 points.  This section attracted a total of 87 players over 9 rounds with a 60 minutes time control.

Extract of the final standing for the Open Section.

WCM Mulwale Bwalya Lubuuto & WCM Linda Banti Hmoonga both of Zambia were the clear winners in the Ladies Section with 7.5 points each.  However Mulwale won the winner’s trophy due on tie break.  This section had 12 players over 9 rounds with 60 minute time control.

Final ranking for the Ladies Section.

 

 

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