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Fy Rakotomaharo is King of Zone 4.3

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Fy Rakotomaharo is King of Zone 4.3

IM Fy Rakotomaharo of Madagascar is the newly crowned King of Zone 4.3. He cruised to a comfortable win with 7.5 points out of 9 games.

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

The event which ran from 27th April to 4th May 2019 at the La Villa Verte in Antananarivo.  A total of 16 players from 8 federations took part.

The average rating of this event was a staggering 2204.  It included 5 International Masters, 3 FIDE Masters and 4 Chess Masters.

IM Fy Raktomaharo will represent Zone 4.3 at the World Cup scheduled for September 2019. Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia is the host city for the World Cup.

IM Fy Raktomaharo and WIM Caxita Esperance winners of the Zone 4.3 in the Open and the Ladies section respectively. Photo credit Yves Rakotomaharo.
IM Fy Raktomaharo and WIM Caxita Esperance winners of the Zone 4.3 in the Open and the Ladies section respectively. Photo credit Yves Rakotomaharo.

IM Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe ended in 2nd place with 7 points. FM Ralison Harifidy of Madagascar also had the same number of points but had a lower tie-break and hence placed 3rd.

South Africa was a notable absentee at this year’s event.  It is not clear why players from South Africa which has some of the finest players in the continent missed the tournament.

IM Fy Rakotomaharo v IM Rodwell Makoto

IM Fy Rakotomaharo v IM Andrew Kayonde

Ladies Section

WIM Caxita Esperance of Angola was in a class of her own when she finished with 8.5 points out of 9.  WIM Francis Onkometse of Botswana was 2nd with 8 points.

 

Malape Naledi, the young 13-year-old talent from Botswana, was 3rd with 6 points. She is a player with a bright future and was joint 2nd in the 2018 African Junior Championship in Kampala, Uganda.

The star from Botswana – 13-year old WFM Naledi Marape seen in action here during the 2018 African Junior Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit James Mwangi.
The star from Botswana – 13-year old WFM Naledi Marape seen in action here during the 2018 African Junior Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit James Mwangi.

This year’s event attracted participants from Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Madagascar, Angola and Mozambique.

Section of the playing hall. Photo credit Tiana Eugène.
Section of the playing hall. Photo credit Tiana Eugène.

Links

Standings & Results of Zone 4.3 Chess Championship.

IM Rodwell Makoto in Kenya.