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Team Angola set for Batumi Olympiad

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Team Angola is all set for the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.

The Angolan Chess Federation (Federacao Angolana de Xadrez) last month hosted the National Championship which selected the team.

The event was proudly sponsored by the official sponsors of the Angolan Chess Federation and included Banco BIC, UNITEL and ENSA.  9 of the top 10 players took part with the exception of except the IM Amorim Agnelo who could not participate due to academic reasons.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

The event held at Hotel Konjeve, in Huambo ran from 9th to 15th June 2018.

Photo from the event.
Photo from the event.

Huambo, formerly Nova Lisboa, is the capital of the province of Huambo in Angola. The city is located about  600 km SE from the capital Luanda. The city is the second largest in Angola, after the capital city, Luanda.

Photo from the event.
Photo from the event.

A total of  40 players took part in the Open section which had an average rating of 1971.

The Ladies section had 17 players.

The event had 9 rounds with a time control was 90 minutes + 30 second.

The total prize fund was approximately USD 3,500 split up as follows;

Open Section
1. USD 1,000
2. USD 745
3. USD 495

Ladies Section
1. USD 500
2. USD 350
3. USD 345

CM Sérgio Miguel & WIM Caxita Esperanca were crowned Angola National Champions in their respective categories.

The provincial squads for Batumi are listed below:

Open Section

CM Sérgio Miguel, IM Luciano Oliveira, IM Erickson Soares, IM David Silva, IM Catarino Domingos and IM Adérito Pedro.

Ladies Section

WIM Esperança Caxita, WFM Ednasia Júnior, WFM Luzia Pires, Erineia Gabriel and WCM Delfina João.

It is interesting to note that IM Adérito Pedro was the winner of the 1993 African Junior Championship which was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

1993 African Junior Chess Champion Aderito Pedro of Angola receives his prize from the late Tom Sagwe Chairman Kenya Chess Association
1993 African Junior Chess Champion Aderito Pedro of Angola receives his prize from the late Tom Sagwe Chairman Kenya Chess Association