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2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship

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2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship

The 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship got underway in Addis Ababa on 2nd May 2022. The event will run until 9th May 2022.

Forty-six players from six African federations are taking part in the Open section. On the other hand, the Ladies section has nineteen players from four countries.

However, notable absentees include Madagascar and Uganda, probably the strongest chess nations in the zone.

Team Kenya

The 2021 Kenya National Champions Martin Njoroge and WFM Sasha Mongeli represent their country in this prestigious event.

With a FIDE rating of 1932, Martin Njoroge is ranked 25th in the Open section, with Abubaker Tagelsir of Sudan being the top seed with a rating of 2202.

WFM Sasha Mongeli, on the other hand, is the top-ranked player with a FIDE rating of 1634.

WFM Sasha Mongeli and Martin Njoroge keenly follow the opening ceremony of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
WFM Sasha Mongeli and Martin Njoroge keenly folloe the opening ceremony of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.

Round 1

Martin Njoroge lost to Ahmed Hassan Ahmed of Sudan in round one, while WFM Sasha Mongeli defeated Hanna Mulugeta Ayele of Ethiopia.

There were no major upsets of the day in the other encounters.

Making the first move from left - Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (Treasurer Asian Chess Federation), , Tsedeke Yihunie (President of Ethiopian Chess Federation), Benard Wanjala (President of Chess Kenya Federation) and Omer Abdalla Omer Deab (President of Sudan Chess Federation).
Making the first move on board one from left – Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (Treasurer Asian Chess Federation), , Tsedeke Yihunie (President of Ethiopian Chess Federation), Benard Wanjala (President of Chess Kenya Federation) and Omer Abdalla Omer Deab (President of Sudan Chess Federation).

 

Martin Njoroge v Ahmed Hassan Ahmed

The Open section of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
The Open section of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
Ayele Hana Mulugeta (left) of Ethiopia takes on WFM Sasha Mongeli of Kenya on board one.
Ayele Hana Mulugeta (left) of Ethiopia takes on WFM Sasha Mongeli of Kenya on board one.

Event details

Poster for the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
Poster for the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
The Prize Fund of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.
The Prize Fund of the 2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship.

Depending on their ratings, the winners in the Open and the Women’s Sections will also receive air tickets, free board and lodging sponsorship to participate in the 2022 Sharjah Masters Chess Championships or the 2022 Sharjah Challengers Chess Championships.

Both events are scheduled in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the 2022 calendar year.

 

Countries that make up Zone 4.4.
Countries that make up Zone 4.4.

New zone for Africa

The zonal events in 2022 are taking place within the new zonal structures approved by FIDE in 2019, in which Africa got an additional zone.  Africa now has five zones.

New zonal structure for Africa.
New zonal structure for Africa.

Links

2022 Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

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