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Daniel Anwuli wins Zone 4.4

Daniel Anwuli of Nigeria clinched the Zone 4.4 in grand style. He obtained 7.5 points out of 9 rounds.

Poster of the 2019 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.
Poster of the 2019 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.

The event ran from 21st to 27th April 2019 at the Oceanic Resort, Accra, Ghana.

A total of 53 players from 7 federations took part in this prestigious event. These included Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and hosts Ghana.

FM Daniel Anwuli receives his prize from GM Maurice Ashley. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.
FM Daniel Anwuli receives his prize from GM Maurice Ashley. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.

The winner will represent Zone 4.4 at the World Cup in September 2019. Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia will once again be the host city for the World Cup.

Daniel Anwuli v Benard Anhwere

Nigeria dominated the event with 20 players. The top 10 players were all from Nigeria!

Section of the playing hall in the 2019 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.
Section of the playing hall in the 2019 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.

Olanrewaju Ajibola was second and Akintoye Abdulraheem third.

IM Adu Oladapo was the highest ranked player at 2325.  He ended up with 5.5 points in joint 5th position.

FM Bomo Kigigha of Nigeria in action.
FM Bomo Kigigha of Nigeria in action.

Adu Oladapo v Ekok Oyama

IM Balogun Oluwafemi was another exciting Nigerian player taking part in this event.

He was the representative for Zone 4.4 in the 2017 World Cup and faced World Champion Magnus Carlsen in round 1!

Ladies Section

Ofowino Toritsemuwa of Nigeria was the winner in the Ladies Section with an impressive 8.5 points out of 9 rounds.

Perpetual Eloho Ogbiyoyo was second with 7.5 points and Vivian Dzaayem was third with 7 points.

The Ladies Section had a total of 18 players from 6 federations. These included Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo and hosts Ghana.

Nigerian lady players occupied the top 5 slots.

Winner of Open section FM Daniel Anwuli & Ladies Section Ofowino Toritsemuwa pose with Austin Apemiye (centre). Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.
Winner of Open section FM Daniel Anwuli & Ladies Section Ofowino Toritsemuwa pose with Austin Apemiye (centre). Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.

GM Maurice Ashley in Ghana

GM Maurice Ashley from the USA was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony. He  is a well-known personality in the chess world.

GM Maurice Ashley conducts a Simultaneous for 30 players. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.
GM Maurice Ashley conducts a Simultaneous for 30 players. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.

He took time to play a 30 board simultaneous and scored 30-0! GM Ashley also conducted some vital training for enthusiasts.

Kenyans fondly remember GM Ashley visit to Kenya during the Millionaire’s Open in 2016. See details below.

President of Ghana Chess Association Philip Ameku fetes GM Maurice Ashley. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.
President of Ghana Chess Association Philip Ameku fetes GM Maurice Ashley. Photo credit Ghana Chess Association.

Links

Standings & Results of Zone 4.2.

IM Balogun Oluwafemi to face Magnus Carlsen in round 1 of the 2017 World Cup.

GM Maurice Ashley at closing ceremony of 2016 Millionaire Chess in Nairobi.

GM Maurice Ashley Simultaneous in Nairobi.