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Friday, 28 May 2021 12:09
Ahmed Adly and Jesse February win African Chess Championship

The Egyptian Chess Players dominated the 2021 African Individual Chess Championship, taking four top places in the open section. The event was held from May 17-28, 2021 in Lilongwe (Malawi).

The last championship took place in 2019 before the pandemic. The defending champion, GM Ahmed Adly retained his title in fierce competition with his compatriots. He scored an equal amount of points (8/9) with his fellow countryman and the top-rated participant GM Amin Bassem, but the tiebreaks (average rating of the opponents) favoгred the second-rated player of the competition.

GM Fawzy Adham and GM Hesham Abdelrahman (both Egypt) finished in third and fourth places respectively. All four qualified for FIDE the FIDE World Cup 2021 that will take place in Sochi, Russia from July 10, 2021, to August 3, 2021.

Final standings open:

1

Adly Ahmed

EGY

2615

8

2

Amin Bassem

EGY

2701

8

3

Fawzy Adham

EGY

2473

4

Hesham Abdelrahman

EGY

2400

5

Mwale Joseph

MAW

2148

6

6

Bellahcene Bilel

ALG

2508

6

7

Chipanga Chiletso

MAW

2043

6

8

Bwalya Gillan

ZAM

2405

6

9

Silva David

ANG

2296

6

10

Barrish Daniel

RSA

2306

6

 

In the women’s section, WIM Jesse Nikki  February emerged as the winner. The 24-year old from South Africa clinched the championship, finishing a half-point ahead of her main rivals. This result also earns her the Woman Grandmaster (WGM) title – she needs to fulfill FIDE title requirements, by attaining the rating of 2100.

WIM Lina Nassr tied for second with WIM Ayah Moaataz but took silver thanks to better tiebreaks.

Final standings women:

1

WIM

February, Jesse Nikki

RSA

7

2

WIM

Nassr, Lina

ALG

3

WIM

Moaataz, Ayah

EGY

4

WFM

Mwango, Lorita

ZAM

6

5

WGM

Wafa, Shahenda

EGY

6

6

WCM

Charinda, Kudzanayi

ZIM

6

7

 

Shriyan, Santosh 

MAW

8

WFM

Marape, Naledi

BOT

9

WFM

Mongeli, Sasha

KEN

10

WFM

Staal Michaela Francis

RSA

 

The Closing Ceremony of the 2021 African Individual Chess Championships took place on Thursday 27th May 2021 at Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe.

In attendance were Ulemu Msungama,  Malawi’s Minister of Youth and Sport; Kezzie Msukwa, Malawi’s Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development;  Lewis Ncube, President, African Chess Confederation, Susan Namangale  President of Chess Association of Malawi and many more dignitaries.

Kudos to the African Chess Confederation (ACC) and Chess Association of Malawi on the successful organization of the 2021 African Individual Chess Championships. Our sincere appreciation goes to Mrs. Susan Namangale and the media department at the AICC for providing us with pictures of the event.

Text: Fawole John Oyeyemi, bruvschessmedia.com