The 2011 African Individual Championships are currently being held in Maputo, Mozambique from June 3rd-14th. There are three remaining spots at stake for the World Championships qualifier and top seed Ahmed Adly will lead the charge to challenge defending African Champion, Bassem Amin. Egypt actually has the top five contestants followed by IMs Kenny Solomon of South Africa. At press time, Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe has not arrived, but has already qualified through the 4.3 subzonal. Ten countries are represented. The other countries representing are: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
Egypt’s GM Bassem Amin, Defending African Champion
There has been little coverage thus far on the tournament but The Chess Drum will begin coverage through the end of the tournament. The results can be follow at chess-results.com. Unfortunately, the site has listed “Portugal” as the site when clearly the tournament is being held in Africa (Maputo, Mozambique). It is certainly the African Championships. The women’s championship is being held concurrently and is led by defending champion, WGM Melissa Greeff of South Africa. Both South Africa and Egypt have half of the sixteen players entered with four apiece. Like the open competition, there are ten countries.
Chief Arbiter: IA Carlos Oliveira Dias
Results (Men): http://chess-results.com/tnr50993.aspx?lan=1
Results (Women): http://chess-results.com/tnr50992.aspx?lan=1
Games (PGN): Men Women
Photos (Gunther van den Bergh): picasaweb.google.com