Joseph Methu of Kenya cruised to a comfortable win at the 2019 Tanzania Open with a perfect 6 points out of 6 rounds. He becomes the first Kenyan to win the Tanzania Open.
Ben Nguku and Martin Njoroge both from Kenya took joint second with 5 points out of 6 rounds.
CM Ben Magana, James Kabui, FM Harold Wanyama and Ricky Sang were in joint third place with 4.5 points.
It was interesting to see that Kenyans occupied the top 5 places in the final standing.
FM Harold Wanyama of Uganda was the top Ugandan with 4.5 points in 6th place.
FM Haruna Nsubuga of Uganda on the other hand ended in 11th position with only 4 points.
Albert Njau was the top Tanzanian player with 4 points in 8th position.
The Open section had 46 players from six federations vying for the cash prize fund of TZS 2.3 million (USD 1,000).
Joseph Methu versus William Kolomwe
Ricky Sang versus Ally Hussein
Sponsors and organisers
Tanzania Chess Federation did well to bring onboard a number of sponsors for this prestigious event. These included;
Jasco Building & Civil Contractors.
Hari Singh and Sons Ltd.
GP + Global.
Rising Star Academy.
Tanzania Chess Federation and Don Bosco Youth Centre Upanga were the organisers of the event. Kara Louis a well known Tanzanian chess personality was the tournament director.
All amounts in (TZS)
1. Joseph Methu 6/6 – TZS 700,000.
2. Ben Nguku 5/6 – TZS 425,000.
3. Martin Njoroge 5/6 – TZS 425,000.
4. CM Magana Ben 4.5/6 -TZS 87,500.
5. James Kabui 4.5/6 – TZS 87,500.
6. FM Wanyama Harold 4.5/6 – TZS 87,500.
7. Ricky Sang 4.5/6 – TZS 87,500.
WFM Sasha Mongeli 3.5/6 – TZS 250,000.
BEST JUNIORS (OPEN SECTION)
1. Lusako Shedrack 3/6.
2. Shreesh Agrawal 3/6.
3. Moras Anacleutus 3/6.
4. Aaditya Kailas 3/6.
5. Samuel George 2.5/6.