The final day of the 2016 Tanzania Open produced fighting chess which eventually resulted in a 3 way tie for first at the top of the open section.

IM Elijah Emojong started the day in fine style with an impressive win over his top seeded compatriot Arthur Ssegwanyi. This saw him take a full point lead into the final round where he faced the 6th seeded Zambian Kela Kaulule with the black pieces in the final round.

Kela went for broke knowing that only a win could stop Elijah and he succeeded in pulling off the upset with a fine game. The board 1 upset result allowed Arthur back into the frame and he duly beat IM Gillan Bwalya on board 2 to win the title on tie-break.

WCM Christine Namaganda from Uganda scored 2.5/6 to win the ladies section while a one day Junior event saw 28 youngsters take part in a separate 8 round tournament. This was won by George
Aaron who just beat out Charles Cleophas on tie-break after both scored an impressive 7/8. Navini Choudary scored a very impressive 6/8 to win the best girls prize and also place 3rd overall.

We wish to thank the Tanzania Chess Federation as well as arbiters FA Duke Machieka and IA Vinay Choudary for facilitating an excellent event. Final results and standings from both events are available below.

Open - Final Standings

Juniors - Final Standings