The 2016 Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship was held at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at Peacock Hotel from 22nd April 2016 to 1st May 2016. The event was hosted by Tanzania Chess Association under the auspices of Africa Chess Confederation.
Players from 12 Zone 4.2 Member Countries participated out of 13, which is a record for any zonal to have such a large participation entry. The players where accommodated at Sophia House Hotel and Apartment which is 100 meters from the Venue. 26 players participated in Open Section while 12 players participated in Women Section (tournament link).
The Tournament started with Technical meeting at 10:00hrs on 23rd April 2016 followed by 1st round at 15:00hrs. The technical meeting was conducted by Chief Arbiter IA Gunther Van den Berg (RSA). The tournament was played with 9 rounds swiss with time control 90/40 + 30min + 30sipm from move 1.
The event was won by Egypt's Fide Master Kandhil Adham after he drew with Burundi's Ezra Paul Chambers in the final round to finish with 7 points and tie with fellow countryman Fide Master Sobh Emrou whom he only beat for first position owing to a better tie break. The two players attained the title of International Master. In third position was Uganda's Fide Master Harold Wanyama with 6 points and he attained an International Master norm. A total of 13 players in the Open category attained titles while two attained titles in the ladies category.
Egypt's Woman Grandmaster Wafa Shrook won the women section with maximum 9 points followed by Egypt’s WFM Eman Elansary at Second position with 7.5 points . WCM Riya Shah of Kenya emerged 3rd position winner with 6 points.
The FIDE arbiters Vinay Choudary of Tanzania and Kezzie Msukwa of Malawi received International Arbiter Norm, while National Arbiters Lyasenga John and Sunday Manara received Fide Arbiter Norm. The director of the Tournament Nurdin Hassuji received International Organizer norm.
The event's closing ceremony held on the evening of Saturday 30 April 2016 was graced by the presence of Africa Chess Confederation President, Lewis Ncube from Zambia and the President of Zone 4.2, Vianney Luggya from Uganda. Both leaders hailed the quality of Tanzania's organizational skills exhibited in their handling of such a big international event that they were hosting for the first time in history
Zone President in his speech said, it gives me great pleasure to address you at the climax of a highly successful event that has attracted the biggest number of countries to ever participate in a zonal in the history of Zone 4.2. On that note, I commend and congratulate the hosts and all parties involved in pulling this off in such a spectacular manner. The hosts in particular deserve a bigger pat on the back for having come in to host this event on short notice. That Tanzania is a new Federation and only got affiliated to FIDE in 2014 but has already come of age to display high caliber organizational skills for such an international event of this magnitude, which attracted twelve (12) African countries is a major feat that deserves a big round of applause.The ambient facilities that players and fans have enjoyed over the last nine days are up to the mark and in line with the standards that such an event calls for.
Winners Open section. From Left: CM Haruna Nsubuga (4th position) , FM Harold Wanyama (3rd Position), Sobh Amrou (2nd Position), FM Kandhil Adam (1st Position), Lewis Ncube (President ACC), Vianney Luggya (President zone 4.2), Ezra Chambers (5th Position), Eng. Geoffrey Mwanyika (President Tanzania Chess Association)
Winners Women Section. From left: FA Vinay Choudary (President Tanzania Chess Foundation), WGM Shrook Wafa (1st Position), Lewis Ncube (President ACC), WFM Eman Elansari (2nd Position), WCM Riya Shah ( 3rd Position)