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IM Fawzy Adham leads in Africa Junior Chess Championship

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IM Fawzy Adham leads in Africa Junior Chess Championship

IM Fawzy Adham has grabbed the lead with 5.5 points after six rounds at the on-going Africa Junior Chess Championship.  The event is taking place in J & M Airport Hotel, Kampala, Uganda.

A total of 16 players are taking part in the Open Section while the Ladies Section has 10 players.  A total of 9 federations represented at this prestigious event.  These include Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, Nigeria Namibia, Botswana, Egypt, Algeria and hosts Uganda.

IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Photo credit James Sean Kang'aru.
IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Photo credit James Sean Kang’aru.

Adham started with a win against Kenya’s James Kabui before settling for a draw with Mlahleki Vusimuzi from South Africa in the second game.   He then defeated Masiya Mfundo (RSA), Milton Kihara (KEN), Djabri Massinas (ALG) and Abel Matovu (UGA).  It now seems likely that Fawzy will win his maiden African Junior title this year.

James Kabui stands over his opponent Victor Kanyike of Uganda. Photo credit James Sean Kang'aru.
James Kabui stands over his opponent Victor Kanyike of Uganda. Photo credit James Sean Kang’aru.

IM Fawzy Adham is the hot favourite for the title.  It is interesting to note that he played on board 3 for Egypt in the recently concluded Batumi Olympiad.

IM Adham scored an impressive 4.5 points out of 10 games in the 2018 Olympiad!  GM Vidit Gujrathi (2711) of India was one his victims!

IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt (left) takes on Milton Kihara of Kenya in a game that he won.
IM Fawzy Adham of Egypt (left) takes on Milton Kihara of Kenya in a game that he won. Photo credit James Sean Kang’aru.

James Kabui & Milton Kihara are representing Kenya in the Open Section.  Cynthia Awino is Kenya’s sole representative in the Ladies Section.

James Kabui had 3 points while Milton Kihara has 1 point.  Cynthia Awino who is currently unrated has an impressive 3 points.

Cynthia Awino (left) of Kenya taking on Sarah Nakalyowa of Uganda. Photo credit James Sean Kang'aru.
Cynthia Awino (left) of Kenya taking on Sarah Nakalyowa of Uganda. Photo credit James Sean Kang’aru.

Anika Du’Plessis of South Africa is leading with 5.5 points as well out of 6 games.

Anika Du'Plessis of South Africa.
Anika Du’Plessis of South Africa.

WFM Marape Naledi of Botswana is another interesting player taking part in this event.  The 12 year-old girl from Botswana is the highest-ranked player in the Ladies Section!  She is rated 1646 and is currently ranked second with 5 points of out 6 games.

12 year old WFM Marape Naledi of Botswana.
12 year old WFM Marape Naledi of Botswana.

IM Fawzy Adham v Milton Kihara

IM Fawzy Adham v James Kabui

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Results and pairings

Details of 2018 Africa Junior Chess Championship