9th All-Africa Games (chess - men): Algiers 2007

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Basic data

9th All-Africa Games (chess - men)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 11th - 23rd July 2007
City: Algiers, Algeria
Venue: Palais de la Culture "Moufdi Zakaria"
Tournament Director: Mr. Djaffer Yefsah (ALG)
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 13
Players participating: 71 (incl. 2 GMs, 17 IMs, 7 FMs and 1 CM)
Games played: 312
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Direct score; 4. Berger
Time control: all moves in 25 minutes + 10 sec. increment per move
Official logo: Algiers 2007
Website: http://www.coja2007.dz (cached)
Other websites: The Chess Drum blog
Downloadable game file: no games available!

Tournament review

The game hallThere were 13 teams taking part in the four board round-robin tournament as chess were part of the All-Africa Games for the second time in its 40-year old history. Egypt had six titled players at their disposal (Elo 2504) to be sure of defending 2003 gold, while Algeria (led by IM Sebih) and South Africa (IM Kobese) were main contenders in a run for silver and bronze medals. The only major African side missing were Tunisia, despite close vicinity.

As expected, Egypt proved way too strong for the rest of the field. South Africa moved to second half of a point ahead of Zambia after excellent final spurt. The Zambians comfortably outplayed Nigeria to take third spot. The 'board-stacking' system (better players put at lower boards) has been gaining popularity those years but it was not enough this time for the Nigerians. Algeria only finished in sixth (despite IM Haddouche taking individual gold at board #4 and IM Belouadah scoring excellent 7/8).

The men's individual blitz championship was taken by GM Ahmed Adley (Egypt), ahead of his fellow-man GM Amin Bassem and IM Watu Kobese of RSA.

Individual medals

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. IM El-Gindy, Essam Egypt EGY 9 94.4
2. GM Amin, Bassem Egypt EGY 8 93.8
3. GM Adly, Ahmed Egypt EGY 7 8 87.5
4. IM Haddouche, Mohamed Algeria ALG 8 93.8
1 res. IM Abdelnabbi, Imed Egypt EGY 6 7 85.7
2 res. IM Ezat, Mohamed Egypt EGY 5 7 71.4

Interesting games

Not available.