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Smile Communications boosts AICC with Internet coverage


Smile Communications
will provide adequate WIFI internet coverage at the venue of the Africa Individual Chess Championship, Tick Hotel from 16th to 27th July 2016.

Players, officials and fans will all benefit from the free internet coverage for the duration of the event courtesy of Smile Communications. This will greatly boost input of played games, communication, preparation and research by the players.

5 players from Angola and 8 from Egypt including GM Adley Ahmed, GM Essam Elgendy and WGM Wafa Shrook had by Friday checked in and were warming up at Tick Hotel. Another Angolan and two South Africans were scheduled to arrive tonight while the majority were scheduled to come in on Saturday 16 July 2016 ahead of the commencement of games on Sunday 17 July 2016

 
Continental Chess Returns to Kampala

Following the successfull hosting of the 2015 Africa Zone 4.2 chess championship in Kampala, Uganda Chess Federation was granted the right to host the 2016 Africa Individual Chess Championship. The event will run from 16th July 2016 up to 27th July 2016 at Tick Hotel, along Bombo Road in Kampala. The event will comprise two categories, the Open and Ladies category and will have a standard, rapid and blitz rate of play in each. A mouth watering array of prizes (cash and trophies) awaits the victors who will be the new Africa Chess Champion - Open and Ladies respectively. The annual event attracts the best players of the continent. Given that the host federation provides fullboard accomodation for two official players per federation (one for open and one for ladies category), the event is always graced by the best individuals from the participating countries. Confirmations received todate include all the leading chess playing countries in Africa. Three Egyptian Grandmasters  lead the pack followed by a strong field of players from Algeria, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria. Others include the hosts Uganda, Ghana, Somalia and others.

The highest ranked players registered todate are GM Adly Ahmed from Egypt (2607), GM Shoker Samy (2489) GM Essam El Gindy (2431)  and GM Haddouche Mohamed (2494) who will have to be contained by our lower rated local players like IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Wanyama Harold, FM Kawuma Patrick and Okas Walter.

The ladies pack is also likely to be dominated by Egyptian WGM Mona Kaled who seems to have no equals on the continent. Having won the 2016 Zone 4.2 individual championship undesputed in Dar-es-salaam Tanzania, she intends to extend her dominance on the continent.  The local ladies will be led by WFMs Grace Kigeni and Angolikin Goretti who will have to draw on their growing experience to over come much more experienced South Africans and Egyptians.

Alongside the individual championships a FIDE Arbiter's seminar shall be held from 18th September 2016 to 23rd September 2016. The event will enable participants to gain much needed technical capacity as far as arbitration of chess is concerned. It will also offer an opportunity for participants to earn FIDE arbiter norms and or titles directly if the pass the written exam.

 
Mixed results for Ugandan in rounds 2 and 3 of Zone 4.2 Africa Chess

Ugandan players posted mixed results in rounds 2 and 3 of the ongoing Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played on Sunday 24 April 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In the men's category, FM Harold Wanyama beat Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974) in the second round but fell at the hands of Egypt's Sobh Amrou (2210) in the third round after going into time trouble with a superior position that he could not convert.

CM Haruna Nsubuga experienced a similar fate after beating Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round but went on to lose to Sudan's Abdelazeez Mohamed Abdalla (2182) in the third round.

In the fourth round due to be played today (Monday 25 April 2016), Wanyama will need to be careful against Kenya's impressive Joseph Ngooro Maigua (1792) who managed a draw against the event's highest rated player, Egypt's Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.

Nsubuga will on another board be up against Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974). The event's unbeaten leaders; Sobh Amrou (Egypt) and Abera Aydagnuhem Gezachew (Ethiopia) will square off on board one to determine the early pace setter. A total of nine rounds are due to be played in the zonal whose winner automatically attains the title of International Master.

In the ladies category, the situation was not any better for the Ugandan players as WFM Goretti Angolikin, WFM Christine Namaganda and Shakira Ampaire all fell at the hands of Kenya's Shah Riya, Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook and Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel, respectively. In the third round, Namaganda and Angolikin were pitied against each other and they settled for a draw. Ampaire went on to lose to Kenya's Joyce Nyaruai.

In today's fourth round games, which commence at 3:00 pm the players wil be out to make ammends as Angolikin plays Djibouti's Rahma Mohamed Elmi, Namaganda against Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel and Ampaire against Rwanda's Shimwa Marie Faustine.


A total of 38 players from 12 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda are participating in the event.

Details of the event can be found at Open and Ladies on Chess-Results.com
 
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