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2022 Zone 4.4 Championship – Kenya grabs gold medal!

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2022 Zone 4.4 Championship – Kenya grabs gold medal!

WFM Sasha Mongeli of Kenya receives her trophy for winning the 2022 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.  Standing from left to right Lewis Ncube (African Chess Confederation President),  Omer Abdalla Omer Deab (President of Sudan Chess Federation).   Benard Wanjala (President of Chess Kenya Federation) and Tsedeke Yihunie (President of Ethiopian Chess Federation).
WFM Sasha Mongeli of Kenya receives her trophy for winning the 2022 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship. Standing from left to right Lewis Ncube (African Chess Confederation President), Omer Abdalla Omer Deab (President of Sudan Chess Federation). Benard Wanjala (President of Chess Kenya Federation) and Tsedeke Yihunie (President of Ethiopian Chess Federation).

The 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship has ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with WFM Sasha Mongeli grabbing a gold medal for Kenya with a round to spare. She bulldozed her way by winning all nine rounds and will walk away with a cash prize of USD 750. Other goodies that she will receive are a conditional WIM title subject to meeting a rating of 2000 and a fully paid trip for the 2022 Sharjah Challengers Chess Championships.

Abate Lidet Haile of Ethiopia won the silver medal with 7.5 points, while Aster Melake Batiwalu of Ethiopia won the bronze with six points.

Essayas Berhane Elshalom of Eritrea who is only 14 years old and ended in 4th place.
Essayas Berhane Elshalom of Eritrea who is only 14 years old and ended in 4th place.

Essayas Berhane Elshalom of Eritrea deserves a special mention. Despite being unrated and only 14 years old, she played well to score an impressive 5 points to end up in joint fourth place.

Elizabeth Emile Nagib Tanyous of Sudan in action.
Elizabeth Emile Nagib Tanyous of Sudan in action.
Final ranking of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Ladies.
Final ranking of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Ladies.

Open section

CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn of Ethiopia (right) receives his trophy from Mr Lewis Ncube the African Chess Confederation President for winning the 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.
CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn of Ethiopia (right) receives his trophy from Mr Lewis Ncube the African Chess Confederation President for winning the 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.

CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn and CM Gezachew Abera Aydagnuhem of Ethiopia scored 7.5 points each to tie for first place. They shared the top two cash prizes of USD 2,100. However, CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn was the winner as he had a better tie-break.

FM Samir Nadir of Sudan the proud winner of a bronze medal at the  2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.
FM Samir Nadir of Sudan the proud winner of a bronze medal at the 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.

FM Samir Nadir of Sudan won the bronze medal with 6.5 points.

M Fekadu Jimma Desalegn v Petros Olana Bulcha

CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn the winner of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.
CM Fekadu Jimma Desalegn the winner of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Chess Championship.

2021 Kenya National Champion Martin Njoroge

Martin Njoroge of Kenya in action during the 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.
Martin Njoroge of Kenya in action during the 2022 Zone 4.4 Championship.

The 9th and final round saw Kenyan star Martin Njoroge with six points meeting FM Samir Nadir of Sudan with 5.5 points. A win for Martin would have given him a bronze medal and a cash prize of USD 750.

In the end, Martin Njoroge lost the game and the chance for a medal, but he can be proud of his score of six points which will earn him an FM title.

FM Samir Nadir v Martin Njoroge

Martin Njoroge Omar Abdulrahman

2022 Zone 4.4 Championship
The Ethiopian team and officials pose for a group photo.
Top 18 players from the final ranking of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Open section.
Top 18 players from the final ranking of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Open section.

FIDE Development Fund in Africa

The event was co-financed by FIDE Development Fund in Africa. The annual allocation for the continental events & projects is Euro 100 000, and it allows the organisers to provide higher prizes and invite foreign players.

During the event, IA Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh of Iran hosted an Arbiters Seminar.

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