The Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships Open starts Sunday in Dar es Salaam
Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships Open, Tanzania
Date: April 24 - 30
FIDE Master (FM) Harold Wanyama and Candidate Master Haruna Nsubuga are the local players to lookout for at the Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships Open starting Sunday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The duo will compete in the highly anticipated Open category against International Master (IM) Ali Farahat from Egypt and others from Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and Somalia including hosts Kenya.
Wanyama and Nsubuga finished first and second at the recently concluded Kawuma Open Chess Tournament which also acted as a qualifier to the grand event ending next weekend on April 30 at the same venue.
Goretti Angolikin (right) in action and Christine Namaganda (left) during the final phase at the Chess Olympiad at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Rubaga. (Credit: David Namunyala)
Last year's winner IM Arthur Ssegwanyi failed to make it past the qualifiers after finishing third overall with 6.5 points in eight rounds at Tick Hotel, Kawempe last month.
Meanwhile in the women's category, Christine Namaganda, Goretti Angolikin and Shakirah Ampaire will also be the players to beat at the nine-round event.
The trio replace Kawuma Open winner WFM Ivy Amoko, WCM Phiona Mutesi and Joyce Kabengano who were earlier expected to represent the country at the week-long event.
Amoko and Kabengano were later written off the national team due to their tight work schedules while Mutesi will be sitting her end of term one exams at St. Mbuga Vocational Secondary School.