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IM-elect Josh ColasPhoto courtesy of Webster University (SPICE) Josh Colas just finished his junior year at Webster University and has begun a series of tournaments in Europe. Colas has a GM norm and two IM norms needing only to reach 2400 to have the IM title conferred. He is looking to add to his collection […]

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In what has become somewhat of a tradition on the continent of Africa, the Egyptian’s major haul in continental championships continued in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Republic of Egypt took five of the six medals in the Open and Women’s Championships over the past week and cemented their status as the African Lion. From left to […]

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OPEN Ahmed Adly wins the 2019 African Individual Championship!Bassem Amin takes the silver… El-Gindy bronze! GM Ahmed Adly is the 2019 African Champion! Scores 8/9 losing only to@GMBassemAmin, who takes silver. @thechessdrum @AfricaChess @chessmasala pic.twitter.com/WfZHZbfglw — Daaim Shabazz (@thechessdrum) July 17, 2019 EgyptNational Anthem Round #9 (Selected Games – Open) WOMEN Shrook Wafa wins 3rd […]

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Round #8:Shrook Wafa wins the 2019 African Women’s Championship!! Shrook Wafa is the 2019 African Women’s champion! In what has been a truly dominating performance, the 22-year old Egyptian wins her 3rd continental title winning consecutively in 2013 and 2014. Mabrouk! Photo courtesy of Hesham Elgendy (Egypt Chess Federation) EgyptNational Anthem WOMEN It appears that […]

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Round #7:Adly storms into the lead… Rakotomaharo upsets Bellahcene, moves in joint 2nd with Amin…Shrook held, Latreche closes gap OPEN There is no odds-on favorite to win the 2019 edition of the African Individual Championship. The story of the day has to be the young IM from Madagascar Fy Rakotomaharo who stands as one of […]

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Round #6:Amin on a roll, crushes Fawzy… Adly back in the huntShrook devastating field, 6/6 OPEN Another exciting round of chess. Three of the top seeds are back on course and are sitting atop the field with 5/6. The situation may favor Ahmed Adly since he has already played three of the top seeds. He […]

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Round #5:Amin beats Adly moves back into joint first… Shrook Wafa on 5/5 OPEN GM Hesham Abdelrahman has exited the tournament after five rounds. The 2016 African Champion suffered three losses and one can only imagine that something is not well with the Egyptian player. Takaedza Chipanga of Zimbabwe also exited the tournament after forfeiting […]

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Round #4:Adly and Shrook win… both lead the field on 4/4 OPEN Tunisia is sizzling right now. It is not the heat of the weather, but it is the action at Hotel Caribbean. After the top seed went down yesterday, the player who beat lost to Ahmed Adly leaving him with the only perfect score. […]

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The World Open has been a fixture in the American chess circuit for 47 editions. Bill Goichberg and his staff have turned it into a franchise, and it remains a big draw. The tournament routinely draws 1000+ players from around the world hence the tournament’s name. There was always an intrigue to see who will […]

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Round #3:Tournament heats up… top seed Bassem Amin goes down! OPEN It was “Fire on Board” at the 2019 African Championships as the top two boards saw titanic struggles lead to decisive results. Amin-Ballahcene and Hamdouchi-Adly represented three different generations of chess. GM Bassem Amin battling upstart GM Bilel BallahcenePhoto by Tunisian Chess Federation Last […]

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