The first part of Senegal National Open Championship held in December 2020. The event was Open to Senegalese and Foreigners. The seven (7) round Open swiss system tournament had 44 participants and time control of 60 minutes. The event held at Cours Sainte Marie De Hann from December 4, 2020 to December 6, 2020. Top ten (10) Senegalese players in the Opens’ final ranking qualified to play in the Senegal Closed National Chess Championship.
Top Ten Senegalese Qualifiers are:
|Rg||Initial row||Last name||FED||Elo||Club / City||Pts||Dep. 1||Dep.2||Dep.3|
|1||1||Sy Mansour Gbedo||SEN||2063||6.0||21.5||25.00||2472|
|3||9||Diatta Kaunduma Robert||SEN||1787||5.0||22.0||20.25||1719|
|5||5||Badji Sekou Aransbene||SEN||1905||5.0||22.0||19.50||1874|
|6||10||CM||Wane Al Hassane||SEN||1763||5.0||21.5||18.25||1816|
|8||8||Cisse Amadou Lamine||SEN||1808||5.0||20.0||17.50||1814|
|9||12||Fall Mouhamadou Mourtada||SEN||1702||5.0||19.0||16.00||1573|
|13||17||Dioum Mouhamadou Falilou||SEN||1600||4.0||23.5||16.50||1732|
The Closed Championship which would have held in December of 2020 got stalled due to COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of COVID, the event was postponed many times until a final decision was reached for it to hold. The Nine round (9) Senegal closed National Chess Championship swiss event kicked off at Senegal National Arena, Pikine, Senegal, on June 11, 2021 through June 20, 2021. Time control: 90min/40 moves + 30min + 30s
At the end of nine fighting rounds, Cissé Amadou Lamine with the exceptional performance of 9/9 is crowned 2020 Senegal National Chess Champion. Cissé (who doubles as player and President of Senegal Chess Federation) was ahead of the pack with 1.5 points and had won the championship with a round to spare.
In second place with 7.5/9 is Mansour Gbedo Sy who ranks Number on FIDE rating for Senegal. Mansour also was 1.5 points ahead of third and fourth place
Lesbros Bernard and Fall Mouhamadou Mourtada tied for third and fourth place with 5.5/9 respectively. Lesbros Bernard with the better tiebreak finished third.
Marochkina Nadezhda Valerevna—the only lady participant in the tournament held her own among the men and proved herself to be a worthy opponent by scoring 50%. She finished the championship with 4.5/9 thereby crowned undisputed 2020 Senegalese Women National Chess Champion.
Final classification after 9 rounds
|Rg||Initial row||Last name||FED||Elo||Pts||Dep. 1||Dep.2||Dep.3||not||w||we||w-we||K||Elo +/-|
|1||5||Cisse Amadou Lamine||SEN||0||9.0||36.00||2580||14239||8||8|
|2||7||Mansour Gbedo Sy||SEN||2111||7.5||25.75||2155||12128||7||6.5||6.18||0.32||40||12.8|
|4||9||Fall Mouhamadou Mourtada||SEN||1700||5.5||16.75||1893||12539||7||4.5||2.79||1.71||40||68.4|
|5||1||Marochkina Nadezhda Valerevna||SEN||1607||4.5||15.25||1855||12632||7||4||1.96||2.04||40||81.6|
|6||3||CM||Wane Al Hassane||SEN||1776||3.5||9.75||1678||12463||7||2.5||3.52||-1.02||40||-40.8|
|7||8||Badji Sekou Aransbene||SEN||1786||3.0||9.00||1621||12453||7||2||3.62||-1.62||40||-64.8|
|8||6||Dioum Mouhamadou Falilou||SEN||0||2.5||9.75||1639||14239||8||2.5|
|10||4||Kaundum A. Robert Diatta||SEN||1693||2.0||4.50||1483||12546||7||1||2.73||-1.73||40||-69.2|
Also worthy to note; the 2020 Senegal National Chess Championship is the first ever National Championship to be FIDE rated in the history of Chess in Senegal.
Congratulations to Federation Senegalaise des Echecs (FESEC) for organizing a beautiful and colorful National Championship.