GM-elect Essam El-Gindy
Essam El-Gindy had long been one of Egypt’s top players. He joins Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin as member of elite Grandmaster status. El-Gindy has already surpassed the requisite 2500 rating so he will be conferred his title later this year. He becomes the 7th African player to have earned Grandmaster-level status. He follows Amon Simutowe who is still trying to earn the required 2500 ELO rating.
Egypt has a unique position in that the country shares allegiances between Africa (geographically) and the Middle East (culturally). Most of the Egyptian players play in Arab and European countries where the competition is available. Egypt remains the continental powerhouse and is the reigning champion. Congratulations to El-Gindy!