Kayonde’s Hungary Tour
IM Andrew Kayonde, aka “AK-47” is one of Africa’s top players. He is a six-time champion of Zambia, who recently concluded a tour of Hungary.
He played in two prestigious events. The first was the famous 1st Saturday GM Tournament followed by the Budapest Spring Chess Festival.
1st Saturday GM tournament
IM Andrew Kayonde took part in this event in search of a GM norm. This event had 10 title players with GM Kosic Dragan of Montenegro at the top with a rating of 2500.
The event ran from 2nd to 12th March 2019.
Players in this event came from India, Montenegro, Vietnam, Serbia, Zambia, Malaysia and Hungary.
GM Kosic Dragan won the event with 6.5 points while IM Andrew Kayonde ended at the bottom with 3 points. IM Kayonde suffered from 3 losses but managed a further six draws. He also lost 13 valuable Elo points but gained considerable experience by taking part in this shark infested event. The average rating of this event was a whopping 2408!
IM Andrew Kayonde v IM Arjn Kalyan
IM Andrew Kayonde v WGM Bhakti Kulkarni
Nagy Laszlo is the well-known organiser of the First Saturday Tournaments.
First Saturday Tournament is a monthly chess event that has run in Budapest, Hungary since 1992. The primary purpose of the event is to give aspiring chess players opportunities to gain FIDE title norms.
The event begins on the first Saturday of every month, except for January.
Four separate round-robin tournaments are held concurrently, usually with ten players in each group. There are often four groups. The top group is the GM group, followed by the IM group, then the FIDE Master A & B group.
Budapest Spring Chess Festival
The event ran from 9th to 17th April 2019 at the Bálna, Budapest which was split into three sections.
A – Section had 145 players from 29 countries with 23 GMs.
B – Section had 112 players from 17 federations.
C – Section had 76 players from 11 federations.
IM Kayonde scored a respectable 5.5 points to end up in joint 4th (27th in standing).
IM Andrew Kayonde’s next assignment will be the Zone 4.3 Chess Tournament in Madagascar in late April 2019. The winner of this event will represent Zone 4.3 in the World Cup later in the year in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Interesting facts about Zambian chess
Lewis Ncube, who is the African Continental Chess President, is from Zambia.
Chess Federation of Zambia is made up of 11 Zones. Chess Kenya’s membership, on the other hand, is based on clubs and individuals.