The 2016 African Individual Chess Championships were held from 17-26th of July with the Classical, Rapid and Blitz formats. The venue was the TICK hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

In the classical event there were a total of 30 players from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Somalia, Uganda and Zambia. The field consisted of 3 GM’s, 9 IM’s, 6 FM’s and 3 CM’s bring the total title count to 21.

There was chances for players to achieve GM norm’s and if winning the tournament outright and you were not a GM, pick up the title as per the FIDE regulations for direct titles. The winner of the Open section was IM Abdelrahman Hesham of Egypt with a score of 7/9.

In the Women’s section there were 22 players participating from Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Egypt, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The field had 1 WGM, 9 WIM’s, 4 WFM’s and 2 WCM’s bring the total title count to 16 players. The winners of the women’s event were all from Egypt, namely WGM Shrook Wafa, WIM Shahenda Wafa and WFM Eman Elansary.

African Individual Chess Championships 2016

On 25th July the Rapid event took place at the time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds. Only 27 players participated in the Open event which was taken out by GM Samy Shoker with a score of 8/9. In the women’s event only 18 players played and this was won by WGM Shrook Wafa (Egypt), WIM Shahenda Wafa (Egypt) and WIM Amina Meizoud (Algeria).

The final event was the blitz and this was played at the time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds. 21 players decided to play in the Open Blitz and this was won by the only GM’s in the field, Ahmed Adly and Samy Shoker; both from Egypt. The Women’s event saw 16 players and this was also a tie between WGM Shrook Wafa (Egypt), WIM Sabrina Latreche (Algeria) and WIM Amina Meizoud (Algeria).

Report by Jamie Kenmure / Photo gallery

Final standings – Open:

1 IM Hesham Abdelrahman EGY 2400 – 7
2 FM Kayonde Andrew ZAM 2404 – 6.5
3 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2607 – 6.5
4 IM Arab Adlane ALG 2482 – 6.5
5 GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2431 – 6.5
6 GM Shoker Samy EGY 2489 – 6
7 IM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2412 – 6
8 IM Ameir Moheb EGY 2438 – 5.5
9 IM Ssegwanyi Arthur UGA 2366 – 5
10 FM Kawuma Patrick UGA 2247 – 5
11 FM Wanyama Harold UGA 2269 – 5
12 CM Bouah Lyndon RSA 2124 – 5
13 FM Kigigha Bomo NGR 2344 – 4.5
14 IM Soares Erikson Roberto Mauric ANG 2282 – 4.5
15 IM Aderito Pedro ANG 2318 – 4.5
16 CM Magana Ben KEN 2149 – 4.5
17 IM Silva David ANG 2305 – 4.5
18 Kamoga Rajab UGA 2087 – 4.5
19 James Madol Panchol KEN 2037 – 4
20 Talbi Chafik ALG 2206 – 4
21 FM Aguiar Cristiano ANG 2219 – 4
22 Farouk Fauza UGA 2093 – 4
23 Gonza Simon UGA 2097 – 4
24 CM Alberto Manuel ANG 2191 – 4
25 FM Oussedik Mahfoud ALG 2299 – 3.5
26 Mwangi Martin Njoroge KEN 1785 – 3.5
27 Mohamud Hussein Ali SOM 1557 – 3
28 Fidow Kassim Hassan SOM 1558 – 2
29 IM Anquandah Francis Eric GHA 2019 – 1.5
30 Abdulkadir Ahmed Mohamud SOM 0 – 0

Final standings – Women:

1. WGM Wafa Shrook EGY 2096 – 7
2. WIM Wafa Shahenda EGY 2106 – 7
3. WFM Elansary Eman EGY 1920 – 7
4. WIM Latreche Sabrina ALG 2066 – 6
5. WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2073 – 5.5
6. WFM Mwango Lorita ZAM 1938 – 5
7. WIM Caxita Esperanca ANG 1822 – 5
8. WIM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1760 – 5
9. WIM Hamza Amira ALG 1933 – 4.5
10. WIM Frick Denise RSA 1905 – 4.5
11. Van Niekerk Robyn Julian RSA 1621 – 4.5
12. WCM Fisher Michelle M RSA 1681 – 4.5
13. WIM Laubscher Anzel RSA 1797 – 4
14. WFM Angolikin Goretti UGA 1607 – 4
15. Van Niekerk Megan RSA 1594 – 4
16. WCM Joyce Nyaruai KEN 1471 – 4
17. WIM Domingos Maria M ANG 1712 – 4
18. WFM Namaganda Christine UGA 1564 – 4
19. Kabengano Joyce UGA 1556 – 3.5
20. Ampaire Shakira UGA 1367 – 3.5
21. Nansubuga Gloria UGA 1445 – 2
22. Babirye Stella UGA 1244 – 0.5
23. Joao Delfina ANG 1659 – 0

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