Angola: Chess - Angola Fail Qualification in African Absolute Championship

Luanda — The National Chess Team have failed to win the African absolute chess championship, both men's and women's teams, held from 18 to 27 of the current month, in Nigeria.

In men´s category, the International Master (IM) Angolan David Silva ended up in the fourth position with 6 points, due to the draw, this Tuesday in the last round with Grandmaster (GM) Egyptian Hesham Abdelrahman, who came in seventh place.

The Angolan player, who is a three-time African junior champion, wanted to win the match and add points taking account his goal in getting the Grandmaster (GM) title.

In the men´s field, the first position was taken by Egyptian GM Bassen Amin and the second by Ahmed Adly, also from Egypt and both had 8 points each, out of a total of 55 competitors.

In women´s category, disputed by 28 athletes, the FIDE Master (FM) Luzia Pires finished in the fourth position with 6 points.

The chess player drew in the last round with the Egyptian GM Shahenda Wafa who won the championship with 7 points.

The MF Jemima Paulo remained in the seventh position with 5.5 points after losing to the Nigerian Bridget Michael in the final round.

The three-time African junior champion, IM Esperança Caxita, having 5 points did not go beyond 12th place, despite having defeated the Senegalese Valerevna Marochkina, in the last round.

Caxita also seeked to add points to bring to the country the unprecedented title of GM.

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