Wanyama Stops Nigerian In Africa Chess Tourney

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Fide Master Harold Wanyama outwitted Nigeria's Candidate Master Fawole John Oyeyemi (2214) on Sunday after a long battle in the seventh round of the ongoing Africa Individual Chess Championship in Namibia.

Fide Master Harold Wanyama outwitted Nigeria's Candidate Master Fawole John Oyeyemi (2214) on Sunday after a long battle in the seventh round of the ongoing Africa Individual Chess Championship in Namibia. The Ugandan maestro had earlier lost game six to Egypt's International Master (IM) Ali Farahat but bounced back in style beating the Nigerian to garner five points out of a possible seven. He is now ranked third with five points in the table standings behind IM Farahat and IM Solomon Kenny from South Africa with 5.5 apiece. 
Wanyama told URN in an email that he needs to maintain the momentum and focus in his two remaining games for him to finish strong.
In game seven, Wanyama is pitted against the highest rated player in the tournament, Grand Master Adly Ahmed (2591) from Egypt. The game will have a big bearing on determining the title destiny. Earlier he registered two draws and three wins against formidable oppositions. The 2241 rated Ugandan is so far having a performance rating of 2386.
The playing field has a Grandmaster, seven International Masters, seven FIDE Masters and seven Candidate Masters.
The event is the biggest on African continent with the winner in the open section taking UGX15.6 million ($6000) and an IM title. The top player in the women's category will bag UGX7.8 million ($3000) and a Woman IM award.
The tournament has attracted participants from Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, Togo, Malawi, Ghana, Liberia and hosts Namibia.