Alina L’Ami wrote a glowing ChessBase report of the 4th Taca Cuca tournament being held in Luanda, Angola. The tournament boasts nine Grandmasters and this is exactly what is needed to provide African players more chances for norms.
Along with top-seed Viktor Bologan (2687, Moldova), you have Grandmasters Sergey Tiviakov (2673, Netherlands), Erwin L’Ami (2611, Netherlands), Alexander Fier (2599, Brazil), Ahmed Adly (2596, Egypt), Maxim Dlugy (2518, USA), Sergey Kasparov (2503, Belarus), Thal Abergel (2474, France), Antonio Fernandes (2400, Portugal).
Ceremonial game between top-seed GM Viktor Bologan and The game between Dr. Jaime Aguinaldo, President of Angolan Chess Federation. Photo by Alina L’Ami.
Unfortunately the top African players are not present, but FM Daniel Jere (2396, Zambia) and Stanley Chumfwa (2358, Zambia) will make a strong showing. Hometown favorite and top Angolan IM Pedro Aderito (2320, Angola) is in the field. It is a shame that more strong African players are not taking advantage of this opportunity.
In the women’s section, 17 players will vie for top honors with WGM Alina L’Ami (2372, Netherlands) being the top seed and Portugal’s WIM Catarina Leite behind her.
Games in Action!