Round 1: Favorites top rankings at the 2021 Africa Individual Chess Championships

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African #1, GM Baseem Amin versus Malawi's CM Chimthere Alfred Charles

Round one of the most important chess tournament on the continent of Africa—2021 Africa Individual Chess Championship started at 17:00 hrs. The shift in time from the initial start time—15:00 allowed players who arrived Lilongwe before the start of round 1 to settle in and meet up with their games.

GM Bellahcene Bilel (Algeria) with the white pieces versus CM Nyambalo Joseph Xavier (Malawi)

The 2021 Africa Individual Chess Championships are being played at Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi, from May 17-28.

It was a smooth ride for all top rated players as Round one opened with no upsets in the Open section. All top rated players won their games.

Botswana’s WFM Marape Naledi getting ready for game mood

In the Women section, all top rated players won their games except for board 12, where Malawi’s Shriyan Santosh Priyasha rated 1285 defeated Kenya’s WCM Ndirangu Joyce Nyaruai rated 1659. Also on board 15, Malawi’s Tadeyo Charity rated 1084 with the black pieces drew WCM Wanjiru Lucy—(1623).

Chess players, enthusiast and fans were waiting for live broadcast links for round one, but there were some technical issues that caused delay in transmission. Links were later provided by the organizers.

Click the Broadcast Link to follow the games in Open Section

Click the Broadcast Link to follow the games in Women Section

Pairings/Results

Round 1 on 2021/05/18 at 17.00

Bo.No. NameBdldFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameBdldFEDRtg No.
11GMAmin BassemEGY270101 – 00CMChimthere Alfred CharlesMAW205730
231CMChipanga ChiletsoMAW204300 – 10GMAdly AhmedEGY26152
33GMBellahcene BilelALG250801 – 00CMNyambalo Joseph XavierMAW203232
433CMMagana BenKEN203100 – 10IMRakotomaharo Fy AntenainaMAD24295
56IMWageih KareimEGY242501 – 00Okonkwo IfeanyiNGR202934
635CMAbrantes PerssonMOZ201800 – 10IMBwalya GillanZAM24057
78GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY240001 – 00Ndegwa Jackson KamauKEN200136
837CMMwale GeorgeMAW19820– – +0IMKayonde AndrewZAM23999
910Ajibola OlanrewajuNGR233701 – 00Njoroge MartinKEN196538
1039Chimkute RonaldMAW195500 – 10FMKawuma PatrickUGA232311
1112FMBarrish DanielRSA230601 – 00AFMIkhimiukor EhidiamenNGR194640
1241Mwagomba FishanMAW194600 – 10IMSilva DavidANG229613
1314IMMwali ChitumboZAM228501 – 00Mwangupili FranciscoMAW189742
1443Chiwambo StansfordMAW188800 – 10IMBeukes Dante MNAM228415
1516FMAbdulraheem Abdulrahman AkintoyeNGR226401 – 00Adorwa Brian KadengeKEN186744
1645CMOyama EkokNGR184500 – 10FMMulenga Prince DanielZAM224617
1718FMOsunfuyi AbimbolaNGR224601 – 00Thomas SaahLBR183046
1847Ofubu SamsonNGR181400 – 10FMTalbi ChafikALG224419
1920FMOragwu ChukwunonsoNGR22410+ – –0Badji Sekou AransbeneSEN178648
2049Kaundum A. Robert DiattaSEN178500 – 10IMNassr AliALG223221
2122CMPaiva DonaldoMOZ223001 – 00CMWane Al HassaneSEN178350
2251Gwezere CecilZIM162400 – 10FMCalicoca Wilton InacioMOZ212223
2324Methu Joseph MuraguKEN211901 – 00CMSihlongonyane SikhanyisoSWZ161952
2453Awesome John AanuoluwapoNGR142400 – 10FMMhango BaneleRSA211725
2526Okeke IssacNGR209701 – 00Simiyu AlfredKEN106554
2655Diop WaraSEN000 – 10FMMphungu GerrardMAW209627
2728Apemiye AustinNGR207601 – 00Fall Mouhamadou MourtadaSEN056
2857Mouhamadou Lamine GueyeSEN000 – 10Masango SpencerZIM207129
2958Sadam Ali SheikhKEN001bye 
304GMFawzy AdhamEGY24730½not paired 
3159FMMwale JosephMAW214800not paired 
More info on Chess-Results Server

Pairings/Results

WFM Wafa Shahenda is top seed in the women section

Round 1 on 2021/05/18 at 17:00

Bo.No. NameBdldFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameBdldFEDRtg No.
11WGMWafa ShahendaEGY21450+ – –0Mugide SafinahUGA151818
219Dutt LakshitaMAW149900 – 10WIMMoaataz AyahEGY20282
33WIMNassr LinaALG196001 – 00WCMMwilola Phylis NamasikuZAM143220
421Dlamini Temahlubi QueenSWZ141300 – 10WFMMwango LoritaZAM19124
55WFMOgbiyoyo Perpetual ElohoNGR188001 – 00Bobrova LubovSEN139722
623WFMStaal Michaela FrancisRSA135600 – 10WIMFebruary Jesse NikkiRSA18246
77WIMVilhete Vania Fausto Da T.MOZ179901 – 00WCMMpinganjira EllenMAW135624
825Sy Mame BintaSEN134900 – 10Nakabo PeninahUGA17308
99WFMMarape NalediBOT171701 – 00Caroline TrapenceMAW134126
1027Badenhorst ChloeRSA131601 – 00WCMCharinda KudzanayiZIM170210
1111WCMNassr ManelALG167001 – 00Msukwa TupokiweMAW130428
1229Shriyan Santosh PriyashaMAW128501 – 00WCMNdirangu Joyce NyaruaiKEN165912
1313Marochkina Nadezhda ValerevnaSEN163901 – 00Simwaba AnneMAW126930
1431Banda TapiwaMAW108700 – 10Makwena ChristineZIM163814
1515WCMWanjiru LucyKEN16230½ – ½0Tadeyo CharityMAW108432
1633Khady NiangSEN000 – 10WCMBanda Natalie KatloBOT156016
1717WFMMongeli SashaKEN155301 – 00Ndeye Fatma DiopSEN034
More info on Chess-results Server

Round 2 starts tomorrow 19th May 2021 at 15:00. Zambian’s FM Prince Daniel Mulenga—(2246) will be at loggerhead with African #1 and Egyptian GM Baseem Amin—(2701) on board 1. African #2 and Egyptian GM Adly Ahmed—(2615) will faceoff against Nigeria’s FM Abdulrahman Abdulraheem Akintoye—(2264) while Algeria’s FM Talbi Chafik—(2244) will slug it out with fellow country man, African #3 and Algerian GM Bellahcene Bilel—(2508). Click to see Open Round 2 Pairing

The top three board pairings in the women section are listed below:

  • Egyptian WGM Wafa Shahenda—(2145) to play 15 year old Botswana’s WFM Marape Naledi—(1717)
  • Egyptian WIM Moaataz Ayah—(2028) to play Algeria’s WCM Nassr Manel—(1670)
  • Senegalese Marochkina Nadezhda Valerevna—(1639) to play Algeria’s WIM Nassr Lina—(1960)

Click to see Women Round 2 Pairing

Relevant Link from Chessdom: African Individual Chess Championship 2021

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