FM Haruna Nsubuga proved to be the star of day five during the ongoing Zone 4.2 Chess Championship.
He held compatriot IM Arthur Ssegwanyi to a 109 move draw in round 7. FM Nsubuga then demolished GM Abdelrahman Hesham in round 8 in clinical fashion. The win propelled him to 2nd place and just half a point behind GM Ahmed Adly who is leading with 7 points.
FM Haruna Nsubuga v IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
FM Haruna Nsubuga v GM Abdelrahman Hesham
CM Bob Bibasa v GM Adly Ahmed
CM Bob Bibasa of Uganda was the other hero of the day when he held GM Adly who was leading to a draw. This now means that GM Adly is now only half a point ahead of both IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and FM Haruna Nsubuga. If GM Adly loses the last game, then one of the Ugandans could win the event.
GM Adly Ahmed v Mekonnen Shiferaw
Mekonnen Shiferaw of Ethiopia in his game against GM Adly in round 8 had a blind moment. Mekonnen played his Knight to c4 not realising that his d5 pawn was pinned against GM Adly’s rook.
The top prize in this hotly contested event is a coveted slot in the World Cup in September 2019. Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia will be the host city.
Mehul Gohil drew against Mekonnen Shiferaw in round 7. Mehul then faced his third GM in the event and lost to GMAbdelrahman Hesham.
Matthew Kanegeni defeated one of Eritrea’s top players Beraki Kibrom in round 7. He then drew against compatriot Peter Gilruth in the next round.
Vasanth Ramesh defeated Mohamed Osman of Somalia in round 7 but lost to CM Bob Bibasa in round 8.
Elvis Likoko had a bye in round 7 and then defeated Abdi Awil of Somalia in round 8.
WFM Ivy Amoko of Uganda continues to dominate this section.
She drew her game against WFM Sohayla Abdelmenaem of Egypt in round 7. In round 8 she defeated WCM Dericka Figaro of Seychelles.
The Kenyan ladies continue with mixed results. WCM Joyce Nyaruai defeated Najwa Mohamed of Sudan in round 7. She then concluded the day with a fine win against WFM Goretti Angolikin of Uganda in round 8.
Goretti Angolikin v WCM Joyce Nyaruai
WFM Sasha Mongeli defeated Rawan Jamal of Sudan in round 7 but lost to Abade Haile of Ethiopia in round 8.
Gloria Jumba had a bye in round 7 and defeated Rawan Jamal of Sudan in round 8.