Angola’s Pedro Aderito facing the Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk on board #1. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Alexander Filippenko (governor of Khanty-Mansiysk) make the ceremonial first move.
The World Cup Chess Championship has begun and the African contingent has fought valiantly but have bowed out. Only Essam El-Gindy could break into the win column with a win over Ukraine’s Ruslan Ponomariov. World Junior Champion Ahmed Adly held Gata Kamsky in the first game, but lost the second.
Ahmed Adly (right) playing against Gata Kamsky
It is time that African players begin to make a stronger presence and advance to the second round. I believe El-Gindy’s win may be the first since South Africa’s Watu Kobese beat Peter Leko some years ago.