Wanyama Wins Opening Game In Namibia

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He has represented Uganda at three World Chess Olympiads including the 2014 (Norway), 2012 (Turkey) and 2010 in Russia among other international and regional chess championships.

Harold Wanyama, Uganda's representative at the on-going Africa Individual Chess Championship in Namibia started on a winning note on Sunday. Wanyama, a Fide Master with international ratings of 2242, defeated Togo's Fumey Enyonam (1780).
 
The victory saw him garner one point out of a possible nine and claim position seven of 32. He told URN that he is hoping to get to the required 2300 ELO rating from this championship because it will automatically help him to attain an International Master (IM) title. 
 
The 30 year-old encounters IM Solomon Kenny (2380) from South Africa in the second round later today. He has represented Uganda at three World Chess Olympiads including the 2014 (Norway), 2012 (Turkey) and 2010 in Russia among other international and regional chess championships.
 
In the 2012 Olympiad, he earned the highest points in the tournament beating some of the top players like Grand Masters (GM) Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana among others. 

Meanwhile, tournament favorite GM Ahmed Adly (2591) from Egypt lost to South Africa's Calvin Klaasen (2180) while IM Stanley Chumfwa (2356) from Zambia suffered defeat to Malawi's Alfred Chimthere (2006). 

The winner in the open section will take UGX15.6m ($6000) and an IM title while the victor in the women's category becomes a WIM and gets UGX7.8 ($3000). Other titles will be awarded depending in accordance with FIDE title requirements.

The event will feature a total of nine rounds played in a swiss format with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game and an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The tournament has attracted participants from Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, Togo, Malawi, Ghana, Liberia, host Namibia and STP.