IM Fawzy Adham wins African Junior Chess Championship
IM Fawzy Adham stamped his dominance when he cruised to win the 2018 Africa Junior Chess Championship in fine style. He won the event with a round to spare and ended up undefeated to obtain 8.5 points out of 9 rounds.
IM Adham seems destined to be the next big name in Egyptian chess after GM Amin Bassem and GM Adly Ahmed. The 17-year old who represented Egypt at the Batumi Olympiad earned his second GM norm after this fine victory.
Vusimuzi Mlahleki of South Africa was second with 6.5 points. FM Massinas Djabri of Algeria was third with 6.5 points as well but with a lower tie break.
The Ladies Section was won by WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa. She scored 7.5 points out of 9 rounds.
WCM Maria Nakanyike of Uganda was second with 7 points out of 9 games. WFM Naledi Marape the 13-year old star from Botswana was third with also 7 points but she had a lower tie break.
James Kabui played well in his first international assignment for Kenya when he obtained 5 points to end up in joint 4th out of 16 players.
Milton Kihara on the other end obtained a respectable 4 points to end up in 11th position.
Cynthia Awino Obondo who was unrated performed well when she obtained 5 points to end up in joint 3rd place and 6th on tie-break.
Arthur Bitarinsa v James Kabui
IM Fawzy Adham v Emmanuel Musasizi
Cynthia Awino v Maria Nakanyike
The rest day saw players visiting the White Sands Beach, Entebbe.
An Arbiter’s Seminar was held at the same time as the event which was attended by a number of aspiring arbiters from the region.
Ronald Bolo, Anthony Kionga Cheryl Ngima, Jesse Kamau, Joy Wangari, Imali Esiera and
Franklin Maina attended.
Highly respected IA Hassan Khaled of Egypt was the instructor.
The venue for the event was J & M Hotel in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.