John Makuach, Thon Gong, Juach Marol and Peter Manyang all ended up with 8.5 points in joint second place.
Manyok Chaderek Panchol went home with SSD 200,000 (USD 1,500). It is interesting to note that the Manyok Chaderek Panchol has a connection to Kenya as well. His younger brother is the well-known tactician James Panchol who currently lives in Kenya and a winner of several local events.
The event attracted a total of just over 120 hopefuls who battled daily from 13th to 22nd March 2021. The cash prize fund was an impressive SSP 570,000 (approximately USD 4,300). The top twelve players will play in the Final Section, which will take place in June 2021.
South Sudan has just over 370 registered players with FIDE.
The federation has only three ladies players who are registered with FIDE.
South Sudan has participated in two Olympiads, namely the 2016 Baku and the 2018 Batumi editions.
In the 2018 Batumi Olympiad, South Sudan ended in 116th in the ranking (Kenya – 143rd). In the 2016 Baku Olympiad, South Sudan was in 107th in the standing. Kenya missed the 2016 Baku Olympiad due to internal wrangles within the federation.
Interesting facts about South Sudan
Jubais the capital city with about 600,000 inhabitants.
The country gained independence after it broke away from the mother country Sudan in 2011 after a 20 year civil war.
South Sudan has a population of about 13 million people.
About 80% of the population are Chrisitans.
South Sudan has many ethnic groups, with the largest being the Dinka and Nuer. The rest of the population constitutes Arabs, Shiluk, Zande, Bari, Anwak and many other tribes.