2007 African Junior Chess Championships Print
Friday, 11 January 2008 00:00
The 2007 African Junior Chess Championships were held from December 28, 2007 to January 6, 2008 at the Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu Ditsrict of Malawi about 150 kilometres from the Capital City of Lilongwe. Eight countries sent representatives with 23 players entered for the Open Section (though only 21 eventually turned up) and 13 players entering the Girls Section.

The 2007 African Junior Chess Championships were held from December 28, 2007 to January 6, 2008 at the Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu Ditsrict of Malawi about 150 kilometres from the Capital City of Lilongwe.
Eight countries sent representatives with 23 players entered for the Open Section (though only 21 eventually turned up) and 13 players entering the Girls Section.
The choice of the Kamuzu Academy as a last minute replacement for the original venue of Lilongwe Hotel turned out to be a masterstroke by the President of Malawi Chess Association, Kezzie Msukwa.
The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport, Mr. Alex Mseka, was the Guest of Honour at the Closing Ceremony. In his address to the players, officials and invited guests he congratulated the winners and urged the other players to continue striving to improve so as to maintain the competitive spirit of chess. Mr. Mseka also pledged government support for the programmes of the Malawi Chess Association.



For more information please read the report of the championships.
See chess results .


2007 African Junior Champion, FM Kareim Wageih being congratulated by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport Mr. Alex Mseka (2nd from left) and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube.On the left is tournament`s Chief Arbiter IA Gunther van den Bergh.




2007 African Junior Girls Champion, Daleen Wiid of South Africa with the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport Mr. Alex Mseka , FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube and the Chief Arbiter IA Gunther van den Bergh.




Champion FM Kareim Wageih poses with his trainer, IM Frhat Ali and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube.




The two young champions pose with trainer Frhat Ali and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube.




The two young champions with Daleen`s mother, Mrs. Wiid and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube.




FM Kareim Wageih in his Round 8 match up with Lithukela Zitha of South Africa.




The only girl in the Open section, 13 year old WIM Melissa Greef of South Africa who finished the tournament with a score of 5.5/9, receiving her congratulations. A future ``Judit Polgar``?




Another 13 year old, Joseph Mwale, who is the current Malawian National Champion, carried the hopes of Malawi. He finished with a respectable 4/9.Surely one for the future!




The Angolan delegation leader presenting souvenirs to PS Mseka and FIDE VP Ncube. The excellent Closing Ceremony hostess Susan Namangale looks on.




The official ``high table`` at the Closing Ceremony.




The final round loss by FM Wageih to Angola`s Erikson Soares that was not so costly.




The final round loss of Calvin Klaasen to Zimbabwe`s Rodwell Makoto that proved quite costly.




Final round match between Angola`s Nelma Lopes (left) and Daleen Wiid of South Africa.




Malawi`s Ellen Mpinganjira takes on runner-up WCM Carmen De Jager of South Africa in Round 9.




Angola`s Valquira Rocha (left) playing Malawi`s Linda Jambo in Round 9.

 
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