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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.