2015 African Individual Championship (Cairo, Egypt)

The African continental championship has begun in Cairo, Egypt in the “Land of Kings and Queens”. With two spots up for grabs at World Cup qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 2013 field is headlined by the Egyptian GMs Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly from a total of 54 players from 11 federations (32 in the Open section and 22 in the Women’s).

The tournament hosts a total of five GMs, eleven IMs, three WGMs and six WIMs! Unfortunately, there are a number of players and federations who did not make the trip. The most notable omission is South Africa’s newest Grandmaster and Africa’s defending champion in Kenny Solomon. He will not be able to defend his title due to sanction brought onto the South Africa because of arrears.

In addition, only eleven of the 52 players are from Sub-Saharan Africa which was a similar problem last year despite the tournament being held in Namibia. While there was hope given some of the new initiatives announced after the elections, it appears that African chess still has a long way to go to bring about parity on the continent.

The Egyptian Minstry of Youth and Sports, Egyptian Chess Federation and African Chess Confederation are the hosts of the tourney and it is being run from May 1st (day of arrival) until May 13th 2015 (day of departure).

2015 African Individual Chess Championships
May 1st – May 13th, 2015 (Cairo, Egypt)
Open Section
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Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Amin, Bassem GM Egypt
2633
2 Adly, Ahmed GM Egypt
2593
3 Haddouche, Mohamed GM Algeria
2492
4 Shoker, Samy GM Egypt
2484
5 Ezat, Mohamed IM Egypt
2454
6 El-Gindy, Essam GM Egypt
2450
7 Arab, Adlane IM Algeria
2439
8 Abdel-Razik, Khaled IM Egypt
2430
9 Abdelnabbi, Imed IM Egypt
2421
10 Farahat Ali IM Egypt
2390
11 Hesham, Abdelrahman IM Egypt
2389
12 Kayonde Andrew FM Zambia
2374
13 Belouadah, Saad IM Algeria
2351
14 Amdouni, Zoubaier FM Tunisia
2338
15 Elgabry, Mohsen IM Egypt
2325
16 Kigigha Bomo CM Nigeria
2301
17 Ameir Moheb IM Egypt
2290
18 Oatlhotse, Providence IM Botswana
2271
19 Elkholti, Achraf Morocco
2268
20 Adu, Oladapo IM Nigeria
2238
21 Choukri, Adel Morocco
2231
22 Nafri Khalil Morocco
2230
23 Buti Raphael Uganda
2196
24 Abuzied, Ahmed CM Sudan
2187
25 Gator Mosab FM Libya
2138
26 Nadir, Samir CM Sudan
2136
27 Almahjoub, Mokhtar Libya
2110
28 Adam, Jamal CM Sudan
2092
29 Dzilani, Abel Botswana
2049
30 Mahgub, Mohamed Mustafa Libya
1985
31 Elmejbri Ali A. FM Libya
1841
32 Ruzigura, Alexis CM Rwanda
1754
Women’s Section
1 Wafa, Shrook WIM Egypt
2160
2 Khaled, Mona WGM Egypt
2125
3 Wafa, Shahenda WIM Egypt
2101
4 Mezioud, Amina WIM Algeria
2083
5 Latreche, Sabrina WIM Algeria
2037
6 Mwango, Lorita WFM Zambia
1968
7 Hamza, Amira WIM Algeria
1944
8 Sabure, Tuduetso WGM Botswana
1879
9 Elansary, Eman WCM Egypt
1863
10 Botlhole, Kgalalelo WIM Botswana
1785
11 Ehab, Tasneem Egypt
1760
12 Francis, Onkemetse WIM Botswana
1759
13 Mohsen, Hend Egypt
1754
14 Elgohary, Myada Egypt
1708
15 Matoussi, Amani Tunisia
1610
16 Nasreldin, Zeinab WCM Sudan
1577
17 Rabiu, Olabisi WCM Nigeria
1543
18 Mohammed, Tayseer Sudan
1459
19 Mohammed, Ibtihal Sudan
1410
20 Ibrahimi, Khadija Morocco
0
21 Mayar, Elidrissi Firdaous Morocco
0
22 Rania, Sbai Morocco
0
African Chess Confederation

Open: https://chess-results.com/tnr171794.aspx?lan=1&art=0&flag=30&wi=821
Women: https://chess-results.com/tnr171796.aspx?lan=1&art=0&flag=30&wi=821
Games (Chessdom): https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream_tournaments/show/763

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

18 Comments

  1. Photos of the 2015 African Individual Championships
    (Opening and Round #1)

    Opening Ceremonies

    IM Moheb Ameir (Egypt) vs. GM Bassem Amin (Egypt), 0-1

    GM Samy Shoker (Egypt) waiting on
    his opponent IM Oladapo Adu (Nigeria), 1-0.

    Raphael Buti (Uganda) vs. IM Adlane Arab (Algeria), 0-1

    Women’s Championship in adjoining area. Colorful venue!

    Hend Mohsen (Egypt) vs. WGM Mona Khaled (Egypt), 0-1

    Ibtihal Mohammed (Sudan) vs. WGM Tuduetso Sabure (Botswana), 0-1

    * * *

  2. Photos of the 2015 African Individual Championships
    (Round #5)

    IM Adalane Arab (Algeria) vs. GM Bassem Amin (Egypt), 0-1

    GM Ahmed Adly (Egypt) vs. IM Hesham Abdelrahman (Egypt), 1-0

    IM Khaled Abdel-Razik (Egypt) vs. IM Oladapo Adu (Nigeria), 1-0

    WIM Kgalalelo Botlhole (Botswana) vs. Ibtihal Mohammed (Sudan), 0-1

    FIDE Arbiter Purity Maina of Kenya watching Eldrissi Mayar (Morocco)
    on the move against WCM Elansary Eman (Egypt), 1-0.

    Hend Mohsen (Egypt) vs. Maina Mezioud (Algeria), 0-1

    Sbai Rania (Morocco) vs. WGM Tuduetso Sabure (Botswana), ½-½

  3. Round #6

    OPEN

    GM Mohamed Haddouche (Algeria) vs. GM Ahmed Adly (Egypt), 1-0

    WOMEN

    WIM Onkemetse Francis (Botswana) vs. WCM Olabisi Rabiu (Nigeria), 1-0

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