Wanyama Finishes Ninth In African Chess Tourney

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Despite his position, Wanyama finished with an impressive performance rating of 2334 from his previous 2241.

Harold Wanyama finished in a disappointing ninth place at the Africa Individual tourney that concluded on Monday in Namibia. Wanyama's heart-breaking loss at the hands of South African International Master (IM) Daniel Cawdery (2430) in the final round affected his chances of getting a better position.
 
He needed a win against Cawdrey in the last round to attain an IM title, but ended up collecting five points out of a possible nine. Wanyama told URN that he lost because he blundered in one of his moves. Despite his position, Wanyama finished with an impressive performance rating of 2334 from his previous 2241.

In earlier rounds he defeated Togo's Fumey Enyonam (1780), Calvin Klaasen (2180), IM Daniel Gere (2370) of Zambia and Nigerian Fawole John. He also drew with South Africans IM Kenny Solomon (2380) and Van Den Heever Donovan (2286) but lost to IM Farahat Ali (2386) and GM Adly Ahmed (2591) both from Egypt.

Meanwhile, International Master Solomon won the title after beating Grand Master Ahmed on a tiebreak to finish with seven points apiece. Solomon bagged UGX 15.6M as top cash prize and got a new performance rating of 2550 from his previous 2380. GM Adly, on the other hand, dropped from 2591 to 2475.

The tournament attracted 32 participants from the biggest chess playing African nations like Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, Togo, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda, Liberia and hosts Namibia.