CHESS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE African Con­ti­nen­tal Cham­pi­onship in Kam­pala has been won by Ab­del­rah­man He­sham.

31 play­ers took part and the lead­ing places were: 1 IM Ab­del­rah­man He­sham (Egypt) 2400 7,0; 2 FM An­drew Kayonde (Zam­bia) 2404 6,5; 3 GM Ahmed Adly (Egypt) 2607; 4 IM Ad­lane Arab (Al­ge­ria) 2482 6,5; 5 GM Es­sam El Gindy (Egypt) 2431 6,5; 6 GM Samy Shoker (Egypt) 2489 6,0; 7 IM Daniel Cawdery (RSA) 2412 6,0; 8 IM Mo­heb Ameir (Egypt) 2438 5,5; 9 IM Arthur Sseg­wanyi, (Uganda) 2366 5,0; 10 16 FM Pa­trick Kawuma (Uganda) 2247 5,0; 11 FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda) 2269 5,0; 12 CM Lyn­don Bouah (RSA) 2124 5,0.

The Uganda chess fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, Vian­ney Lug­gya, in wrap­ping up the cham­pi­onship made a plea that the “ACC con­sid­ers a re­quest to the FIDE ti­tles Com­mis­sion to re­con­sider award of more ti­tles to play­ers who score above 50 per­cent in the Con­ti­nen­tal event. Con­sid­er­ing that the event is the big­gest on the con­ti­nent and at­tracts the cream of Africa, a 50 per­cent score or higher (66 per­cent) ought to be wor­thy of a ti­tle, just like the case is with the zon­als. The level of play in an event of this na­ture is so high, which ren­ders it wor­thy of more au­to­matic ti­tle awards”.

Dr Lyn­don Bouah, one of two South Africans in Kam­pala noted, “The chess clocks we are us­ing are brand new clocks. We are us­ing 40 moves in ninety min­utes, but the clock only shows you have the ex­tra 30 min­utes when your time has run down the 90 min­utes even if you are well past the 40 move mark. Daniel Cawdery and I pre­fer the clocks to add the ex­tra 30 im­me­di­ately you reach move 40. Some food for thought for ar­biters and or­gan­is­ers.

“When will South Africa be stag­ing this event? Per­haps we should aim for 2018, as the govern­ment has de­clared 2018 as the year for chess. 2018 is also the 100th an­niver­sary of the birth of Nel­son Man­dela. Let us hon­our him and stage the big­gest event in South Africa.”

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