With black's defenses shattered, a favorable endgame ensued and Solomon gained advantages on both sides of the board… a majority on the queenside and an advanced king on the kingside. After 56.b6! black's overloaded bishop became a wishbone and was soon pulled apart by pawns on opposite wings.
South Africa now has five IMs, two within the last year with Johannes Mabusela's triumph at the 2002 African Junior. They join George Michelakis (2432) , Watu Kobese (2404) and David Gluckman (2356). Solomon is probably the hottest star in Africa apart from Egyptian phenom, IM Ahmed Adly (2448), the 2001 African Junior champion and also a World Championship qualifier with his 6½-2½ score. We certainly with Kenny Solomon the best in the upcoming World Championship cycle. Congratulations to one of Africa's newest IMs!
Kenny Solomon's Games
Round 1: Solomon - Ediberto Domingos (Angola), 1-0
Round 2: FM Haddouche Mohamed (Algeria) - Solomon, ½-½
Round 3: Solomon - Mekitew Molla (Ethiopia), 1-0
Round 4: IM Watu Kobese (South Africa) - Solomon, 1-0
Round 5: Solomon - Adebayo Adeboyega (Nigeria), 1-0
Round 6: Arab Adlane (Algeria) - Solomon, 1-0
Round 7: Solomon - FM Nase Lungu (Zambia), 1-0
Round 8: Ibrahim Chahrani (Libya) - Solomon, 0-1
Round 9: Solomon - IM Imed Abdelnabbi (Egypt), 1-0