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FM Brahami Lamine and WIM Lina Nassr win 2021 Africa Junior

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FM Brahami Lamine and WIM Lina Nassr win 2021 Africa Junior

FM Brahami Lamine and Lina Nassr, both of Algeria, are the proud winners of the 2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

The event held in the Liberian capital of Monrovia saw FM Brahami Lamine score 8 points out of 9 rounds to grab his maiden African title.

On the other hand, WIM Lina Nassr won the Ladies section with a perfect 9 points out of 9 rounds to grab her second title. She won her first Africa Junior title in the 2017 edition held in Lome, Togo.

Lina Nassr & FM Brahami Lamine winners of the 2021 African Junior Chess Championships.
WIM Lina Nassr & FM Brahami Lamine winners of the 2021 African Junior Chess Championships.

Open Section

The Open Section had a total of 18 players from 8 federations. Liberia, as the host nation, had eight players.

Other federations included Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone & Uganda.

Kenya, unfortunately, did not send any participants for this prestigious event.

The playing hall of the 2021 African Junior Chess Championship.
The playing hall of the 2021 African Junior Chess Championship.

The race for the top spot in the 9th and final round was between FM Brahami Lamine and Callistus Denyefa Eyetonghan of Nigeria. Both had 7 points, and each had a chance of claiming the 2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship title, which comes with a conditional IM title.

Brahami Lamine faced David Lery Debblay of Liberia, which he won and grabbed the gold medal. On the other hand, Callistus Denyefa Eyetonghan lost to one of the top Egyptian junior players, David George, but with 7 points, still managed to grab the silver medal.

Callistus Denyefa Eyetonghan of Nigeria who ended up in second place.
Callistus Denyefa Eyetonghan of Nigeria who ended up in second place.

Mohamed Abderrahim Taleb of Mauritania obtained 7 points but had a lower tie-break to take home a bronze medal.

Mohamed Abderrahim Taleb of Mauritania who was third poses with Lewis Ncube the President of the African Chess Confederation.
Mohamed Abderrahim Taleb of Mauritania who was third poses with Lewis Ncube the President of the African Chess Confederation.

Benjamin Netanyahu Ajiri of Uganda played well to end up with a respectable 5 points.

Benjamin Netanyahu Ajiri of Uganda.
Benjamin Netanyahu Ajiri of Uganda.

FM Brahmi Lamine will now receive his IM title by virtue of winning the 2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship. In addition he will obtain a GM norm and personal rights to participate at the 2022 World Junior Chess Championships.

The country boasts of eight International Masters include Lamine and three Grandmasters. The top player in Algeria is GM Bilel Bellahcene, who has a rating of 2508.

It is interesting to note that FM Brahmi Lamine is Algeria’s National Champion and the Junior National Champion!

Vidal Noumbo v FM Brahami Lamine

FM Brahami Lamine v Callistus Eyetonghan Denyefa

Callistus Eyetonghan Denyefa of Nigeria poses with Lewis Ncube the President of the African Chess Confederation.
Callistus Eyetonghan Denyefa of Nigeria poses with Lewis Ncube the President of the African Chess Confederation.

David George Samir

Ten-year-old Egyptian star David George Samir put up an excellent performance by obtaining six points to end up in 4th place and thus missing a podium finish. The poor lad struggled to record his game as his right hand was in plaster due to an earlier injury.

10 year old David George Samir of Egypt who is expected to step into the shoes of GM Amin Bassem and GM Adly Ahmed.
10 year old David George Samir of Egypt who is expected to step into the shoes of GM Amin Bassem and GM Adly Ahmed.

His game against event winner FM Brahmi Lamine was a fascinating battle.

David George Samir v FM Brahami Lamine

David George Samir's scoresheet underlying the difficulties he had due to a injured right hand.
David George Samir’s scoresheet underlying the difficulties he had due to a injured right hand.
Jacob Mitchell v David George Samir 

Ladies Section

WIM Lina Nassr and her sister WCM Manel Nassr were the representatives from Algeria, while WFM Naledi Marape was from Botswana. Liberia had five players led by their junior Karyah Abigail.

Lina Nassr of Algeria and winner of the Ladies section.
Lina Nassr of Algeria and winner of the Ladies section.

WIM Lina Nassr won the event with 9 points while her younger sister WCM Manel Nassr obtained 8 points to grab the silver medal. WFM Nalendi Marape grabbed the bronze medal with seven points.

WIM Lina Nassr will now receive a GM norm and personal rights to participate at the 2022 World Junior Chess Championships.

WCM Manel Nassr poses with President Lewis Ncube of the African Chess Confederation.
WCM Manel Nassr poses with President Lewis Ncube of the African Chess Confederation.

Abigail Karyah was the top Liberian player in the event with 6 points.

A total of only eight players took part in this section.

Prize winners of the 2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship.
Prize winners of the 2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

Abigail Karyah v WIM Lina Nassr

Past Winners

List of past winners.
List of past winners.
Certificate given to Agusto Obafunmilayo for winning the 1st Africa Junior Chess Championship held in Lagos Nigeria in 1980 and confirming him as a FIDE Master.
Certificate given to Agusto Obafunmilayo for winning the 1st Africa Junior Chess Championship held in Lagos Nigeria in 1980 and confirming him as a FIDE Master.

Free Day

The players spend their free day at the Libassa Ecolounge, Monrovia.

Free day at the Libassa Ecolounge.
Free day at the Libassa Ecolounge.

Unsung heroes

Nesla Adnane of Algeria (left) who was the Chief Arbiter and Mario Kpan of Ivory Coast who was one of the arbiters.
Nesla Adnane of Algeria (left) who was the Chief Arbiter and Mario Kpan of Ivory Coast who was one of the arbiters.

Nesla Adnane of Algeria was the Chief Arbiter and Mario Kpan of Ivory Coast was one of the arbiters of the event.

In addition both provided extensive photos of the event which appear in this article.

Links

2021 Africa Junior Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

Download the Invitational letter for the 2021 AJCC. 

Thomas Karayah interview on Radio ECOWAS.  Click on the media link below.

GM Adham & WFM Pires crowned 2019Africa Junior Champions.

Standings & Results of Ladies section 2019 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

Standings & Results of Open section 2019 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

Selected games from round 1 & 2 of the 2019 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

1st report on the 2019 African Junior Chess Championship by Kenya Chess Masala.

Day 1 report on the 2019 Africa Junior by Africa Chess Media.

IM Fawzy Adham wins 2018 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

IM David Silva of Angola wins 2017 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

Further reflection on the 2015 African Junior Chess Championship.

IM Nassr Ali of Algeria wins 2016 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

IM David Silva of Angola wins 2015 Africa Junior Chess Championship.

Thomas Saah wins 2019 Liberian National Chess Championship.