Ahead Africa Solutions Chess Club win Tanzania Chess League
Ahead Africa Solutions Chess Club is the winner of the inaugural Tanzania Chess League which ended about a week ago.
Picture above. Ahead Africa Solutions Chess Club pose with the winning trophy.
Don Bosco Rising Star Chess Club, ended in second place and Flashnet Chess Club in third place.
The Tanzania Chess League had a total of 10 teams taking part.
Ten teams using sponsors names
1 Don Bosco Chess Club – Captain Kara Louis
2, Bakertilly – Captain Kailas Bhattbhatt
3 Kamal Steel – Captain Mussa Mangula
4 Lake Oil/Steel – Captain CM Mdoe Yusuf
5 Specialised Engineers – Captain Ilyas Abdalla
6 H.S Computers – Captain Eng Geoffrey Mwanyika
7 New Africa Hotel – Captain FM Hemed Mlawa
8 Flashnet – Captain Rashid Mansoor
9 Ahead Africa – Captain Vinod A.P
10 My World Pre-School – Captain CM Nurdin Hassuji
The eight-round Swiss tournament ran with the standard Olympiad time control. Ninety minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move one.
New Africa Hotel was the venue for the FIDE rated event which had players competing over five boards.
The prize fund was a modest TZS 1,250,000 (USD 550).
1st Team TZS 500,000
2nd Team TZS 250,000
5 Board Winners TZS 100,000 each
Trophies and medals.
Chess in East Africa
Tanzania now joins Uganda and Kenya who both have very competitive leagues running.
It was interesting to note that Tanzania took a novel approach to their league. They adapted some of the ideas from the hugely successful Indian Premier Cricket League (Indian Premier League website).
Corporates were invited to register their names by paying an entry fee of TZS 500,000 (USD 250). Players who wished to take part then recorded their interest.
The top 10 ranked players were then chosen by lottery to the teams as board 1. The next ten players went through the same process for board two until board 5.
The teams would now end up of almost equal strength. An auction for the next season would allow teams to bid for he player of their choice.