Chess Team Returns Empty Handed

| May 21, 2015

The Botswana chess team returned from the African Individual Chess Championships having struggled to make an impact.

The two-week premier chess tournament in Africa was held in Giza, Egypt, from May 1-13.

The five-member team included g local chess players such as the recently crowned Metropolitan National Chess Championships winners, International Master (IM) Providence Oatlhotse (open section) and Woman Grand Master (WGM) Tuduetso Sabure (ladies section).

It also had Woman International Masters (WIMs) Kgalalelo Botlhole, Onkemetse Francis and Abel Dzilani. Unquestionably the brightest male chess player in the country at the moment, Oatlhotse found the going tough against formidable opponents in Egypt.

He finished number 21 out of 32 players in the open section after collecting four points from a possible nine.

He won three matches against Libyans Mahgub Mustafa, Elmejbri Ali and Gator Mosab. Further, he registered draws Adam Jamal of Sudan and Almahjoub Mokhtar of Libya.

Dzilani was number 24 after garnering 3.5 points.

Grand Master Amin Bassem of Egypt was crowned the Open Section champion with seven points, winning US$5 000 and qualifying for the 2015 FIDE World Cup which will be held in September in Azerbaijan.

Onkemetse Francis and Kgalalelo Botlhole collected four points each to finish on position 14 and 16 respectively in the Women’s Section. Sabure came 17th with 3.5 points.

WGM Mona Khaled of Egypt with a perfect score of nine points won the women’s section.

Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) public relations director, Keenese Katisenge acknowledged that the team performed below expectations. Katisenge said many countries brought along their highest titled players because the competition served as a World Cup Qualifier and also offered big prize money.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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