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Monday, 26 Aug 2019 12:08
Egypt takes the Gold at the African Games

Egypt topped the standings at the team's competition of the African Games Chess Championship, undefeated with eight matches won and one match drawn, but with just one point margin over AlgerieZimbabwe, Bronze, performed above their initial expectations and was the only team to hold the winners to a draw.

Egypt's victory was hardly a surprise, with a line-up that included two of the four Grandmasters present in the competition, as well as the two only Woman Grandmasters. However, the second day of play started with a surprise when both Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin suffered a shocking losses in their morning games (round 7) against Rodwell Makoto and Emarald Mushore - despite a rating difference of 250 and 500 points respectively. This allowed Algeria to close in a little in the standings.

This result was a wake-up call for the Egyptian team, that cruised past the remaining three rounds defeating Botswana, Zambia and Malawi and scored 11 points out of 12 games. This sealed their victory, and gave the Egyptians their 17th medal in the African Games.* 

Today (Monday) the first five rounds of the individual championship will be played. While in the teams' event there were 20 nations in the competition, in the individual championship the number goes up to 24, making chess one of the sports with a strong representation of different countries at the African Games.

Official website: https://www.jar2019.ma

 

Final standings after 9 rounds:
 

Rank Team Points (board points)
1 EGYPT  17 31
ALGERIA 16  25
ZIMBABWE 12  21½
NIGERIA 11  21
BOTSWANA 10 20½
NAMIBIA 10 20½
MOROCCO 10  19½ 
CAMEROON 10  19½ 
ETHIOPIA 10  18½
10  TUNISIA 10  18
11  ZAMBIA  9 20
12  MALAWI 18½
13  ANGOLA 8 20
14  KENYA 19½
15  SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 17½
16  MAURITIUS  16 
17  MALI 5 13
18  CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC
19  ERITREA 9
20  CAPE VERDE 4
 


* Contrary to previous editions of the African Games, this year no individual medals are awarded for the results in the teams' championship.