Round 2 in bits and pieces…
African Individuals Chess Championship … yesterday Wednesday 19 May 2021 in Lilongwe
The Top 6 Boards Open Section..
Zambian FM Mulenga Prince Daniel (2246) 17th seed vs Egyptian GM Amin Bassem (2701) 1st seed.
It was an E73 Averbakh Variation, KID. The Zambian PDM made a fearless sacrifice on move 22 of a Rook for a Bishop on g7. Amin defended his King’s territory very well. Mulenga resigned after 31 moves.
Board 2; Egypt’s GM Adly Ahmed (2615) 2nd seed vs Nigerian FM Abdulraheem Abdulrahman Akintoye (2264) 16th seed.
Adly chose the D02 Pseudo-Catalan.
He won in 22 moves.
Algerian FM Talbi Chafik (2244) 19th seed vs Algerian GM Bellahcene Bilel (2508) 3rd seed.
An E32 Classical Variation, Nimzo-Indian ensued.
After a long battle of 59 moves Bellahcene on the Black side won.
Madagascar’s IM Rakotomaharo Fy Antenaina (2429) 5th seed vs Nigerian FM Osunfuyi Abimbola (2246) 18th seed.
Osunfuyi played the Sicilian. And it was a B45 Four Knights Variation.
After only 19 moves the Nigerian Osunfuyi lost.
Nigerian FM Oragwu Chukwunonso (2241) 20th seed vs Egyptian IM Wageih Kareim (2425) 6th seed.
A B40 French Variation, Sicilian battle.
And a good fight up to 58 moves. Oragwu fought bravely and won on the White side.
Zambian IM Bwalya Gillan (2405) 7th seed vs Mozambican CM Paiva Donaldo (2230) 22th seed.
The C95 Borisenko Variation, Ruy Lopez was chosen here.
In 33 moves it was over for the Black side (Paiva).
59 Players are battling in the Open Section. A strong field with about 5 GMs, 8 IMs.
Nigeria has 11 players in this Open Section.
Malawi the hosting nation has 10 players.
Kenya 7, Senegal 6, Egypt 5, Zambia 4, Algeria 3, Mozambique 3, South Africa 2, Zimbabwe 2, Angola 1, Liberia 1, Madagascar 1, Namibia 1, Swaziland 1, Uganda 1
From Zimbabwe in the Open Section we have Spencer Masango and Cecil Gwezere. Spencer is on 1 over 2 and Gwezere is still to score. Masango (2071) on board 13 yesterday in the 2nd round faced IM Chitumbo Mwali (2285) and lost on the White side.
Gwezere (1624) on the Black side went down combating Malawian CM George Mwale (1982) on board 23.
In the Women Section a very interesting battle occurred on the top board. The very young but focused WFM Marape Naledi (1717) 9th seed from Botswana gave the Egyptian WGM Wafa Shahenda (2145) 1st seed a very fierce competition! On the Black side Naledi played very solidly pilling her Rooks in the 2nd Rank but her Knights couldn’t come to help their counterparts for the final blow..it was a bit of a closed position. Result was a truce. Good show.. the future is very bright!