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2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship

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2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship

The 2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship, a significant event in the chess community, took place from 11th to 20th  May.  David Yol Machar emerged as the National Champion,  securing nine remarkable points out of eleven rounds.

Gong Thon Gong, a seasoned player with a strong track record, secured the second position, while James Angelo Mach took the third spot. Both players scored an impressive nine points each. 

Maring Piol Aleu and Juach Deng Marol snatched fourth and fifth place with 8.5 points to secure their slots in the Olympiad team.

Prize winners pose for a group photo. 2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship
Prize winners pose for a group photo.

The event, held in the heart of Juba by Juba Bros, saw fierce competition among 136 contestants over eleven challenging rounds.  The championship title and the coveted slots for the Olympiad team were up for grabs for the top five players.

The event’s opening ceremony was grand, with several dignitaries present, highlighting the government’s unwavering support for chess. The Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr Joseph Geng Akech, and the Governor of the Bank of South Sudan were among the esteemed guests, demonstrating the importance of chess in South Sudan’s cultural and sporting landscape. 

The national championship was the 5th edition and was dedicated in memory of the heroes and heroines who have contributed to developing and promoting Chess in South Sudan.

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Kenyan based James Panchol (left) facing the camera in action.
Kenyan based James Panchol (left) facing the camera in action.

2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship
Event poster.

List of past South Sudan National Chess Champions

1st & 2nd edition – CM Deng Cypriano Rehan

3rd edition – FM Michael Khor (2018)

4th edition – Manyok Chaderek Panchol (2021)

Chess facts about South Sudan

The South Sudan Chess Federation was established in 2014 and joined FIDE in 2016.

The President of the federation is Aduot Madit Rigkher.

The federation has 569 registered players with FIDE.

Gong Thon Gong is the highest-rated player at 2190.

It is interesting to note that James Panchol, a resident of Kenya and the winner of several tournaments, was ranked 7th on the South Sudan FIDE rating list in 1995.  His younger brother Manyok Chaderek Panchol was the winner of the 4th South Sudan National Championship held in 2021.

South Sudan has participated in three Olympiads (2016, 2018 and 2022).

Interesting historical & geographical facts about South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s youngest sovereign nation, gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, marking a significant milestone.

The official language of South Sudan is English. All indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan are national, and Dinka, Nuer, Murle, Luo, Ma’di, Otuho, and Zande are the most widely spoken.

Plans are underway to make Swahili the second official language, and it has been added to the curriculum for schools in South Sudan since they are part of the East African Community.

The largest ethnic group in South Sudan is the Dinka, which constitutes two-fifths of the population. The second-largest ethnic group is the Nuer, which comprises one-fifth of the population.

The national flag of South Sudan is very similar to the Kenyan flag.

The national flag of South Sudan. Description: Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side contains a gold, five-pointed star; black represents the people of South Sudan, red the bloodshed in the struggle for freedom, green the verdant land, and blue the waters of the Nile; the gold star represents the unity of the states making up South Sudan. (Note: resembles the flag of Kenya; one of only two national flags to display six colors as part of its primary design, the other is South Africa’s.) Source – CIA
The national flag of South Sudan. Description: Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side contains a gold, five-pointed star; black represents the people of South Sudan, red the bloodshed in the struggle for freedom, green the verdant land, and blue the waters of the Nile; the gold star represents the unity of the states making up South Sudan. (Note: resembles the flag of Kenya; one of only two national flags to display six colors as part of its primary design, the other is South Africa’s.) Source – CIA

Interesting wildlife facts about South Sudan

The Bandingilo National Park in South Sudan’s Equatorial region is famous for being home to Earth’s second-largest annual animal migration. It is the second largest after the Serengeti annual animal migration in Northern Tanzania. The park was established in 1992 and spanned over 10,000 square kilometres.

This immense annual animal migration involves various antelope species, elephants and giraffes. The national park is also home to lions, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.

Links

2024 South Sudan National Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

South Sudan 5th National Chess Championship PGNs.

Games from 2024 South Sudan National Championship on livechesscloud.com

Manyok Chaderek Panchol wins 4th National South Sudan Championship.

Final ranking of the 4th South Sudan National Chess Championship (Qualifying Stage).

PGN’s from Round 1 to 5.

John Thon Ngony of South Sudan wins U21 Lighthouse Chess Championship.

Chess Report from South Sudan.

2nd South Sudanese Chess Tournament.

FM Michael Khor crowned South Sudanese King.

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