Final Day 9: Africa Individual Chess Championship, Tunisia

It was indeed a championship like none other on the continent, with the battle turning on its head at various points of the championship and a huge congratulations to GM Adly Ahmed who picks up the final round victory to confirm himself the best player on the continent for the year 2019 with Egypt claiming the top 3 spots and prizes at the event, showing that they remain the nation to beat on the continent!

Egypt’s Representatives! Photo Credit: GM Bassem Amin

Huge kudos goes to every single player that was at the tournament for a job well done. Traveling for such a massive event is nothing short of brave and Africa Chess Media would like to congratulate every single one of the gladiators and warriors that participated at the championship in Tunisia, and we appreciate every single upset that ensured that everyone understands the fact that there is work to do and no player can be underrated in Africa.

It was a huge final day at the championship and these was seen in the games that was played, as pressure got to some and some were able to overcome the pressure to gain important victories on the day.

Unfazed GM Adly Ahmed

Board 1 saw GM Adly Ahmed claim a victory that IM Makoto would have felt hard done by, after playing the opening so well and getting a positional advantage in the middle game that should have been enough to build a win on, only to see a quick mirage and make a self destructive move in 28. Bg7? and continue with an even worse 29.Kxf7?? which inadvertently gave GM Adly the gold in a few moves on a platter of gold with a whopping 8/9 points.

One of the best performing players at the championship, IM Fy Rakotomaharo, was firm on the final day to ensure that defending champion GM Bassem would not end the tournament victorious at his expense. He held him for an important draw, which sees the Egyptian qualify for the Chess World Cup in Russia come September, with a final 7/9 points.

GM El Gindy Essam and GM Amin Bassem – Photo Credit: GM Amin Bassem

On board 3, it was the veteran Egyptian GM El Gindy Essam that stood tall at the end of the day, against the tired Algerian young Grandmaster Bellahcene Bilel, to secure his qualification for the Chess World Cup with a third place finish, secured with this win and GM Adly’s zonal qualification.

IM Andrew Kayonde against GM Solomon Kenny in Côte D’Ivoire last year – Photo Credit: Alina L’Ami

In a rematch from last year’s match in Côte d’Ivoire, IM Andrew Kayonde dealt a huge blow to GM Solomon Kenny to climb up in the standings ahead of the South African with an important victory, which ensured that despite his two (2) losses at the event, the Zambian gained some 3.6 ELO rating at the end of the tournament.

Top 20 Open Players after 9 rounds of Gruesome Chess

The biggest raiting gainer at the championship is CM Kibrom Weldegebriel Beraki of Eritrea, who gained 78.8 ELO rating at the end of the tournament with three (3) massive wins and the biggest rating loss at the end of the tournament is Nigeria’s Abdulrahman Abdulraheem Akintoye who lost 40.8 ELO rating points.

Check http://chess-results.com/tnr454579.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30 for the final standings and other information on the open segment.

WOMEN’S SECTION

Doing a Carlsen in the female section, even after winning the female section of the #AICC2019 with a round to spare, WGM Wafa Shrook went on to claim a final round victory over Zambia’s WFM Mwango Lorita in spectacular fashion to finish the tournament with a massive 8.5/9!

Victorious Wafa! Photo Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

It was a routing for the Egyptians on the final day, as they claimed the scalp of all their respective opponents in this section to put themselves in contention for major honors at the end of the championship.

WIM Moaataz Ayah of Egypt

WGM Wafa Shahenda made up for her earlier misses with a crushing victory over WIM Latreche Sabrina, which gave hope to the other Egyptian ladies to catch up, and one which they capitalized on to great effect. WIM Moaataz Ayah secured a tactical victory over WIM Mezioud Amina with some brilliant showing on the final day. While WIM Elansary Eman also secured victory by an unprecedented checkmate in an attack filled game against WFM Marzouk Amira of Tunisia.

Final Ranking for the Ladies after 9 rounds of chess battle!

The biggest gainer of this section is WFM Miladi Amen of Tunisia, who would be amassing a total of 60 ELO rating points. And the biggest loser in the section is Nigeria’s Ibrahim Aishat, who lost 88.4 ELO rating points at the end of the championship.

Check http://chess-results.com/tnr454580.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30 for the final standings and other information.

Until the next event, Africa Chess Media is saying THANK YOU for following throughout the Africa Individual Chess Championship 2019 in Tunisia and we hope to better serve you in the nearest future!

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