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IM Fawzy Adham & WIM Anika Du Plessis win African Junior Chess Championship

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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.

The winners pose with their trophies. Standing from left IA Hassan Khaled, WIM Anika Du Plessis, IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt., & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka. Photo credit FIDE website.
The winners pose with their trophies. Standing from left IA Hassan Khaled, WIM Anika Du Plessis, IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt., & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka. Photo credit FIDE website.

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.

The winner IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The winner IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Photo credit James Mwangi.

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.

The winner of the Ladies Section WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The winner of the Ladies Section WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa. Photo credit James Mwangi.

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.

The start from Botswana - 13-year old WFM Naledi Marape. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The start from Botswana – 13-year old WFM Naledi Marape. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Amina Benelfekir from Algeria. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Amina Benelfekir from Algeria. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Kenyan players

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.

Kenyan star Milton Kihara in action. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Kenyan star Milton Kihara in action. Photo credit James Mwangi.

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.

Cynthia Awino Obondo of Kenya in action. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Cynthia Awino Obondo of Kenya in action. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Arthur Bitarinsa v James Kabui

IM Fawzy Adham v Emmanuel Musasizi

Cynthia Awino v Maria Nakanyike

Rest day

The rest day saw players visiting the White Sands Beach, Entebbe.

Players and officials pose at White Sands Beach, Entebbe. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Players and officials pose at White Sands Beach, Entebbe. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Gens una sumus - standing from left Cynthia Awino Obondo, James Kabui, James Mwangi, HAssan Ali (Somalia), Monday Koddowl Meldi (Algeria), FM Dfabri Massinas (Algeria), Amina Benelfekir (Algeria) and Milton Kihara.
Gens una sumus – standing from left Cynthia Awino Obondo, James Kabui, James Mwangi, HAssan Ali (Somalia), Monday Koddowl Meldi (Algeria), FM Dfabri Massinas (Algeria), Amina Benelfekir (Algeria) and Milton Kihara. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Arbiters Seminar

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.

Arbiters pose after the seminar. Photo credit James Mwangi.
Arbiters pose after the seminar. Photo credit James Mwangi.

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.

IA Hassan Khaled of Egypt. Photo credit James Mwangi.
IA Hassan Khaled of Egypt. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Hotel

The venue for the event was J & M Hotel in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.

The front of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The front of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The statues in front of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The statues in front of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
A statue in the gardens of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
A statue in the gardens of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The swimming pool of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The swimming pool of J & M Hotel. Photo credit James Mwangi.

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Results and pairings

IM Fawzy Adham grabs lead in Africa Junior

Details of 2018 Africa Junior Chess Championship