BITS AND PIECES…
Played yesterday Sunday 23 May.
Top Boards :
A 100 move thriller which ended in a truce.
After 1. e4 the reply was …c6. B12 Tal Variation of the Caro-Kann Defence followed. Rakotomaharo on the White side gave Egypt’s Adly Ahmed a good run of 100 moves resulting in an ending of Bishop + 6 Pawns vs Knight + 5 Pawns. The Madagascan player is on fire.
We saw a Sicilian B22 Alapin, Sveshnikov Variation system.
White here won in a battle that lasted 61 moves.
This time the Egyptian delivered vs a South African young talented player. A very good lesson and experience for young Banele Mhango (2117) on the Black side.
Dr Bassem Amin (2701) tricked him in a Queen and Rook ending + 2 Pawns aside that required a high degree of precision.
Good fighting spirit Banele!
Another Sicilian played here. This time it’s a B45 Cobra Variation running for 35 moves.
White won again Bellahcene combating Nassr.
With several Pawns still in the game Bellahcene had superior material advantage; 2 Rooks + Knight vs 1 Rook + 2 Knights.
He threatened a forced Rook exchange on the very last move through a skewer giving him a significant advantage.
B68 Rauzer Variation of the now favoured Sicilian play.
The game lasted for 48 moves and it was in favour of White.
Egyptian Fawzy Adham prevailed past Talbi Chafik.
The endgame position was; Rook + 2 Pawns vs Bishop + 1 Pawn with Fawzy’s White pieces well in control spacewise behind enemy lines.
The Egyptians mean business in the African 2021 top event!
This time it’s a Nimzo-Indian on this top board. Leningrad Variation E30 ensued in a 65 move tense fight.
Black won using this Nimzo-Indian setup.
Joseph ‘The Fear’ Mwale (2148) of Malawi had the best game of his career as he dismissed immaculately fierce competition from one of the best Zambian players Gillan Bwalya (2405).
Gillian in the ending play was more focused on his advancing passed g and h White pawns to be helped by his Rook and Knight (that got captured anyway).
The Malawian and SA based Mwali took this opportunity to free his 2 Rooks to give the White King a tough time as no more guards where around. A two Rook (in 3rd and 4th Rank) checkmate was now threatened in Gillan’s camp which was inevitable.
What an incredible fight by ‘The Fear’!
The English Opening! A13 Agincourt, Kurajica Defense.
The battle was a brief 30 moves.
It was the battle of the Zambian titans Chitumbo Mwali (2285) and Andrew Kayonde (2399).
And it was rather an upset for the higher rated top player.
Chitumbo on the White side and well comfortable with his chosen English system positioned his Bishop pair and aggressive Queen in a splendid way.
On the final position Kayonde’s exposed c8 positioned King was overwhelmed, surrounded by the enemy line forces.
His Queen and Knight couldn’t do much to defend on the Queenside where the King was standing precariously. The Black Rook was just seated effortlessly to the other side on h8. It was all over the English Opening one a very important battle in a great tournament.
Please check the Rnd 6 Pairings in pics…
As the two top GM Egyptians Adly vs Amin faceoff today on board 1!
On board 2 another Egyptian GM Fawzy faces the tricky and inform Madagascar’s Rakotomaharo Fy !
And on 3 ‘The Fear’ of Malawi Joseph Mwale entertains GM Bellahcene of Algeria
Patrick Kawuma of Uganda who is playing very well lock horns with Zambia’s Chitumbo Mwali.
Angola’s David Silva combats Nigerian Abimbola.
On 6 Banele Mhango of SA aims to trick another Nigerian Abdulraheem.
In the Ladies Section…
Zimbabwe’s WCM Kudzanayi Charinda is on the hottest board facing Algeria’s WIM Nassr Lina.
Zambian WFM on fire Lorita Mwango battles Nigerian WFM Eloho Ogbiyoyo.
On 3 South African WIM Jesse February fights Egyptian WGM Wafa Shahenda.
Botswana’s young wonder girl WFM Naledi Marape on the Black side aims to conquer Egyptian WIM Ayah Moaataz.
This African Championship event is ending on the 28th of May after 9 rounds.
Some winners will earn slots for the coming Russian Chess World Cup event in addition to cash prizes. Other players will be awarded International FIDE titles after a good show of effort.