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GM Abdeirahman Crowned Winner of 2018 Zone 4.2

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GM Hesham Abdeirahman of Egypt powered his way to victory in the 2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship last week.

2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess winner GM Hesham Abdeirahman of Egypt.
2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess winner GM Hesham Abdeirahman of Egypt. Photo credit GM Hesham Abdeirahman.

GM Abdeirahman obtained 8 points of out 9 games.

The event was held in Djibouti from 11th to 16th June 2018 and was organised by the Djiboutian Chess Federation

WIM Ayah Moaataz of Egypt won the Ladies section with 5 points out of 5 games.

WIM Ayah Moaataz  (right)of Egypt. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.
WIM Ayah Moaataz (right)of Egypt. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

Zone 4.2 consists of the following 13  countries.

Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kenya missed this year’s event due to poor communication from the organisers.

The Open section had 22 players from Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda.  The Ladies section had only 6 players.

Players and officials pose for a group photo. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.
Players and officials pose for a group photo. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

The event was opened by the President of AIDEF Mr Patrick Van Hoolandt. AIDEF is an acronym for Association Internationale Des Echecs Francophones  

Final standing of the 2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship Open Section..
Final standing of the 2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship Open Section.
Final standing of the 2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship Ladies Section.
Final standing of the 2018 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship Ladies Section.

Kenya had sent a team of six players for the 2017 edition in Jimma, Ethiopia.

Ricky Sang, Peter Gilruth, Gwen Jumba, Vasanth Ramesh, Sumit Deshpande and Sanjana Deshpande were Kenya’s representatives.

WFM Sanjana Deshpane’s bronze medal in the 2017 edition was certainly the key highlight for Kenya.

The stories can be found here;

WFM Sanjana Deshpande wins bronze medal for Kenya

Rest Day of the 2017 Zone 4.2

Day 3 of the 2017 Zone 4.2

Day 1 of the 2017 Zone 4.2

Team Kenya set for the 2017 Zone 4.2

2017 Zone 4.2 set for Jimma, Ethiopia