All the top players from the continent of Africa will assemble for the 2009 African Championships in Tripoli, Libya today. The Championships will run through the 31st and will serve as the qualifier to the World Cup knockout tournament to be held in Russia later this year.
GM Amon Simutowe, who just won the South African Open, will try for redemption of missing the cut in last year’s championship. There was a bit of uneasiness among some of the players who lack sponsorship and were hoping that there would be conditions to ease the hardship.
Top players looking to make the cut are: GMs Ahmed Adly (EGY), Bassem Amin (EGY), Amon Simutowe (ZAM), Essam El-Gindy (EGY) and Slim Belkhodja (ALG). GM Hichem Hamdouchi has changed his federation from Morocco to France and will not be eligible.
Nevertheless, it will be an exciting contest and several strong IMs will be threatening to break into the upper pack.