Silva keeping tradition as African Jr. Champ!

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IM David Silva

IM David Silva, two-time African Junior Champion

Angola has been one of the most successful African federations in terms of producing International Masters. Players like Manuel Mateus, Pedro Aderito, Alexandre Nascimento, Amorin Agnelio and Armindo Sousa were some of the earliest names. They have represented the oil-rich country with high marks in international competitions. At the time, Mateus was one of the youngest IMs in Africa.

Angola’s Erickson Roberto Soares
Photo courtesy of CHESSA.

IM Erikson Soares has also held the flag aloft for Angola winning Africa Junior in 2011. Their youngest IM David Silva repeated as the African junior champion earlier this month in Victoria, Seychelles. Silva won in his home country the previous year and topped the charts again this year with 8/9. He cleared the field by a full-point after beating his compatriot Silvio Famoroso. Top-seeded Egyptian International Master Adham Fawzy, also finished on 7/9 with a win over Angolan Cristiano Aguiar. Silva would have won the tournament on tiebreaks if he has lost since he defeated Fawzy in their encounter.

Angola has had good support and has been a staging ground of talent supporting both girls and boys and staging the strong Cuca International Tournament. Perhaps the country will produce its first Grandmaster in the coming years.

Results: https://www.chess-results.com/tnr201935.aspx?lan=1
Full report: https://www.nigerianchess.com/index.php/im-david-silva-wins-african-juniors-chess-championship-again

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.

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  1. Angolan Men's Team, 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

    The Angola Chess Federation at 1996 Chess Olympiad in Yerevan, Armenia. Pictured are: kneeling – IM Alexandre Nacsimento, IM Manuel Mateus; standing – IM Armindo Sousa, IM Pedro Aderito, IM Eugenio Campos, Ludy Sousa. Copyright © Jerry Bibuld, 1996.

    (front row, from left to right) Catarino Domingos (Bd. 1), Amorin Agnelio (Bd. 2), IM Armindo Sousa (Bd. 3) and IM Pedro Aderito (Bd. 4); (in the rear, from left to right) Ediberto Domingos (Bd. 5) and Abilio Ribeiro (Bd. 6), and Manuel Andrade (captain).

    The Angola Chess Federation at 2002 Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia. (front row, from left to right) Catarino Domingos (Bd. 1), Amorin Agnelio (Bd. 2), IM Armindo Sousa (Bd. 3) and IM Pedro Aderito (Bd. 4); (in the rear, from left to right) Ediberto Domingos (Bd. 5) and Abilio Ribeiro (Bd. 6), and Manuel Andrade (captain). Copyright © Jerry Bibuld, 2002.

  2. Daaim,

    Congratulations are due to our African brothers, especially the victor! This continent can soar in the chess world if the necessary resources are harnessed as the talent and desire are clearly present. Remember that Bled was 2002.

  3. Well yes true and congratulations to you all, ya know from an Ultramodern point of view anytime your in chess u begin to realize that ur in a continuous state of learnin so i must agree with Mr. Wilkinson when he suggest you as being Victorious. Ya know they ask me on chess.com where im the ULTRAMODERNIST they say y u always in the Library so i tell them , well UM just here to learn a few things about chess and i feel as though i have done so, oh Daaim if u see Dlugy on icc ask him r the gms still practice the funny knight trick on that site cuz havent competed with their top guys since 2008 there and UM hear form the players in Buffalo N.Y. Chess Circles that they gettin lots of practice but i dont know.

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