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FM Michael Khor crowned South Sudanese King

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FM Michael Khor crowned South Sudanese King

FM Michael Khor won the 3rd edition of the South Sudan National Chess Championship with 9.5 points out of 11 rounds.

Poster for 3rd South Sudan National Chess Championship.

Poster for 3rd South Sudan National Chess Championship.

The South Sudanese Chess Federation hosted the 3rd edition of the National Chess Tournament which ran from 16th to 24th June 2018.

The venue was Juba Bridge Hotel and it was a grueling 11 round event that attract around 100 players.  The top 5 players in this prestigious event would make the 2018 Batumi Olympiad team.

FM Michael Deng Khor was the clear winner with an impressive 9.5 points out of 11 games.

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FM Michael Deng Khor rated 2000 has represented South Sudan in the 2016 Baku Olympiad.  He played on board 4 where he scored an impressive 7 points out of 11 rounds to earn a FM title.

CM Rehan Deng Cypriano in action during the 2016 Baku Olympiad.
CM Rehan Deng Cypriano in action during the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

CM Joseph Deng Ateny, Akech Mareu Garang, and CM Rehan Deng Cypriano were joint 2nd with 9 points each.  David Mayoi Buoi was 5th with 8.5 points to grab the 5th and final slot.

Photo from the event.
Photo from the event.

Kenyan based James Panchol found the going very tough and withdrew after 8 rounds when he had 5 points.

Logo of Juba Bridge Hotel.
Logo of Juba Bridge Hotel.

The event was sponsored by Target Media Group and Classic FM 92.3.

South Sudan Chess Federation

The South Sudan Chess Federation was established in 2014 and jointed FIDE two years later.

The federation has managed to thrive with a robust chess community despite the political turmoil that engulfs the newly formed nation.

This story is the 2nd one that we have featured on South Sudan.  The first one can be found here Report from South Sudan.

Kenya has a number of strong South Sudanese Chess players like James Panchol and Peter Diing.  This dynamic community organised their own chess tournament in Nairobi last year – 2nd South Sudanese Community Tournament.

Final standing of the top 30 players.
Final standing of the top 30 players.