GM Adham & WFM Pires crowned Africa Junior Champions
GM Fawzy Adham of Egypt won the 2019 edition of the prestigious Africa Junior Chess Championship. He obtained 7.5 points out of 9 rounds to successfully defend his title.
IM Fy Rakotomaharo of Madagascar and FM Massinas Djabri of Algeria both tied with 7 points. However, IM Rakotomaharo had a better tie-break and won the silver medal. FM Djabri got the bronze medal.
WFM Luzia Pires of Angola was declared the winner in the Ladies section. She was undefeated with 8 points out of 9 rounds.
Djerroud Chahrazed of Algeria and WCM Refilwe Gabatshwarwe of Botswana both tied with 7.5 points. However, Djerroud Chahrazed received the silver medal as she had a better tie-break. WCM Gabashwarwe took the bronze medal.
Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was the proud host for the 2019 Africa Junior Chess Championship.
The event had some exciting upsets along the way.
GM Fawzy Adham lost to his younger brother IM Kandil Adham in round 6.
Issac Oreke of Nigeria played well when he held IM Fy Rakotomaharo to an action-filled draw in round 6.
Kenya failed to send any players for this year’s edition
The 2019 Africa, Junior Chess Championship, has received daily coverage thanks to Ogunsiku Babatunde. He is a Nigerian chess author who attended the event in Accra, Ghana.
The daily reports with some great photos are available on his website – Africa Chess Media.