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Locals outclassed at Africa Chess Championships

Publishing Date : 25 May, 2015

Author : MPHO MASUNGE


Experienced local chess players failed to outperform their opponents at the African Championships which unfolded in Giza, Egypt from the 1st to the 13th of May. The Africa individual chess championships had converged together 5 grand masters, 11 international masters, 4 fide masters and 5 candidate masters.


In the open men section it was not smooth sailing for Providence Oatlhotse. He did not manage to garner more than half the possible points. Oatlhotse managed to accumulate 4 points from a possible 9. He bowed down to grand master Adly Ahme of Egypt in the first round but later  rejuvenated himself to record a draw in the second round against Sudan’s Candidate master Adam Jamal.


The local chess guru later defied the odds as he won his third round against Mahgub Mohammed Mustafa. He also emerged a victor against fide master Elmejbri Ali and FM Gatar Mosab. However he failed to reach his destiny as he was denied by grand master EL Gindy Essam of Egypt and ended on a stalemate against Almah Joub Molchtar.


Another local hopeful in the men’s bracket Abel Dzilani had a mountain to climb against his opponents. Dzilani recorded a solitary win against Fide Mater Elmelbri of Lybia, drew against FM Almahjoub Molchtar but lost against Belouadak Sad, Adu Oladapo and Elkholti Achraf. The men open section championship title remained in Egypt under grand master Amin Bassem. He finished at the summit of the section with 7 points out of possible 9. He pocketed 5000 USD; in addition he also qualified for the 2015 4th Fide world Chess cup.


According to the statement from the Botswana Chess Federation, the women’s section was also not spared during the challenge. The Public Relations Officer at the federation, Keenese Katisenge was adamant that the ladies section produced some fireworks. “ The ladies did not have it easy as they battled it out with the pharaohs in what will go down the history records as the toughest continental contest they ever took part in,” authored Katisenge.


The women grand master Tuduetso Sabure failed to engineer a polished performance as she recorded 3 losses and garnered 2 victories against Ibtihal Mohammed of Sudan and women candidate master Rabiu Olabisi from Nigeria. The local country lady scored 3.4 points from a possible 9.


Still in the women’s category women international master Kgalalelo Botlhole had a mammoth task on the chess board. She had to endure a heated battle from her fellow rivals from Morocco, Egypt and Nigeria.

Women international master Onkemetse Francis was also in for a tough ride. She managed to settle for two points against her rivals before she was thumped by her two Egyptian and one Madagascar’s opponents. Francis left Egypt with 4 points from a possible 9.


Oatlhotse and Dzilani both finished on spot number 21. The women’s category was clinched by women’s grand master Marakhaled of Egypt who finished the competition on an unbeaten run, scoring 9 out of possible 9 points. Botlhole finished on spot number 16 while Francis and Sabure settled for 14 and 17 respectively.

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