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Emojong wins Tanzania Open

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IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda won the 2017 Tanzania Open at the Peacock Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam which ended on 26th November after 4 days of intense action.

IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda (right) receives his trophy from Tanzania Chess Federation President Geoffrey Mwanika while Arbiter Duke Micheka looks on.
IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda (right) receives his trophy from Tanzania Chess Federation President Geoffrey Mwanyika while Arbiter Duke Micheka looks on.

IM Elijah Emojong was in sparkling form to secure 6.5 points from his 7 games and win the event by a full point ahead of local CM Yusuf Mdoe and go home with TSH 800,000 (USD 360).

Githinji Hinga  who was the sole Kenyan in the event stumbled in the final round 7 when he lost to CM Yusuf Mdoe to end up in joint third place with 5 points.

Kenyan Githinji Hinga (left) takes on IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda in a game that ended in a draw.
Kenyan Githinji Hinga (left) takes on IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda in a game that ended in a draw.

Githinji Hinga’s was one of the clear favourites to win this event after he held top ranked player IM Elijah Emojong to an exciting draw in round 5.

Section of the players.
Section of the players.

The Open section had 28 players while the U8, U10, U12 and U18 had a total of 62 players.

IM Elijah Emojong won the inaugural 2015 Tanzania Open (2015 Tanzania Open) as well while IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Uganda) won the 2016 edition (2016 Tanzania Open)

Cross-table for the Open section.
Cross-table for the Open section.

The final results and standings are posted at 2017 Tanzania Open.

The event was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa and the Tanzania Chess Foundation.
Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

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