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Joseph Methu crowned winner of Tanzania Open

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Joseph Methu crowned winner of Tanzania Open

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.

Joseph Methu (left) receives his trophy from Mrs. Sapna Bhatt Director of Rising Star Academy who was one of the sponsors. Photo credit Emmanuel Mwaisumbe.
Joseph Methu (left) receives his trophy from Mrs. Sapna Bhatt Director of Rising Star Academy who was one of the sponsors. Photo credit Emmanuel Mwaisumbe.

It was interesting to see that Kenyans occupied the top 5 places in the final standing.

Final standing of the top 12 players from the 2019 Tanzania Open. Kenyans dominate the top places.
Final standing of the top 12 players from the 2019 Tanzania Open. Kenyans dominate the top places.

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.

The playing hall for the Tanzania Open. Photo credit IA Duke Michieka.
The playing hall for the Tanzania Open. Photo credit IA Duke Michieka.

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.

Makapo Contractors.

GP + Global.

Dar Solutions.

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.

Kara Louis (left) the organiser of the event presents Panav Bangur his prize for 2nd place in the U9 category.
Kara Louis (left) the organiser of the event presents Panav Bangur his prize for 2nd place in the U9 category.

Prize winners

All amounts in (TZS)

OPEN SECTION

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.

Best Female
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.

UNDER 09 SECTION
1. Gokulraam Sankar 5.5/6.
2. Panav Bangur 5/6.
3. Kahil Walli 4.5/6.
4. Hashita Saravan 4/6.
5. Viva Pujari 4/6.

UNDER 14 SECTION
1. Prisha Chheda 6/6.
2. Isaac Mukami 4.5/6.
3. Rahul Raj 4.5/6.
4. Rohani Jani 4.5/6.
5. Gomathi Srisankar 4/6.

Links

Standings & Results of 2019 Tanzania Open.

Anthony Kionga continues to shine on day 2 of the 2019 Tanzania Open.

Major upsets on day 1 of the 2019 Tanzania Open.

Further details for the 2019 Tanzania Open.

PGNs of round 1 and 2.

IM Elijah Emojong wins 2017 Tanzania Open.

Preview of 2017 Tanzania Open.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2016 Tanzania Open.

Preview of the 2016 Tanzania Open.

IM Elijah Emojong wins 2015 Tanzania Open.

Preview of the 2015 Tanzania Open.