GM AdlyAhmed is King of Zone 4.2 with a decisive victory against James Panchol of South Sudan. James Panchol was under the spotlight to see if his swashbuckling style could outplay one of Africa’s top players.
GM Adly intentions were clear that he wanted to win his last round when he opened with the Sicilian Defense against e4. In the end, the powerful three connected passed pawns were too much for JamesPanchol who capitulated in the end.
GM Adly who was leading the pack at the end of round 8 needed to win his game and be declared King of Zone 4.2. He will now represent Zone 4.2 in the upcoming World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
James Panchol v GM Adly Ahmed
FM Haruna Nsubuga of Uganda ended up in the 2nd spot with a victory over Kenyan Matthew Kanegeni. He ended up with an impressive 7.5 points. IM Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda was also in joint 2nd place with the same points but lower tie-break.
GM Abedelrahman Hesham of Egypt ended up in the 3rd spot after defeating Mehul Gohil of Kenya in round 9.
Mehul Gohil v GM Abedelrahman Hesham
Matthew Kanegeni was the best placed Kenyan in joint 5th spot with 5 points.
Mehul Gohil scored 4.5 points to end up in sixth place.
CM Vasanth Ramesh, Peter Gilruth & Elvis Likoko scored 4 points each and ended up in seventh place.
WFM Ivy Amoko of Uganda was in devastating form. She defeated Kenya National Champion Gloria Jumba in her last round to end with 7.5 points.
Alaa Moaataz of Egypt was in joint second place with compatriot WFM Sohayla Abdelmenaem with 6.5 points.
Alaa Moaataz, however, had a higher tie break and was placed to take the silver medal.
WCM Joyce Nyaruai ended with an impressive 5 points and in fourth place.
Gloria Jumba ended with 4.5 points and in joint 5th place.
WFM Sasha Mongeli ended with 4 points in 7th place.
Shaza Beach Hotel
Shaza Beach Resort was the venue for this prestigious event which is being hosted by Kenya for the first time.
The resort merges traditional Swahili craftsmanship with the historical influences from Bantu, Arabic and Portuguese cultures.
Shaza Beach Resort sits on a five-acre plot within Shanzu area of Mombasa.
Arnold Deche was the architect of the project named Shaza which means coral in Swahili.