Chess players dominate the World Chess Olympiad
Violin Master (FM) Ahmed Mlawa, one of the officials of the Tanzanian Chess Association (TCA), said the three won the titles after putting in impressive performances in the tournament which started on July 29 and ended on August 9.
He said Chennai’s showdown performance was one of the best to be played by Tanzania in the world chess showpieces.
The official said Tanzania has two teams, the Open team and the women’s teams, consisting of four players and one reserve each.
Mlawa said the country was represented by 10 players, each team had four players, a reserve and a captain.
The official said he captained the Open team consisting of Albert Njau, Charles Cleophas, Yusuf Mdoe and Veer Gandhi while the women’s team included captain Musaa Mangula and players Mahi Shah, Vida Joseph, Mariam Joseph and Zahabiyah Ebrahim. .
He said that in the 11 rounds of the Olympiad, the Open team had eight points while the women’s team had six.
“We had a good tournament in round 10 in the Open section. The Tanzanian team was leading in the E category countries and we only needed one more victory in round 11 to clinch the medal gold, unfortunately in this round we lost 3-1 to Namibia and dropped to seventh place in the category,” he said.
Mlawa said Mariam and Mahi won the Master Candidate (CM) title while Albert Njau, the second highest ranked chess player, also won the CM title.
Mariam and Mahi thus became the first Tanzanian women to be named Candidate Masters (CMs).
“It’s one of the best Olympiads the country has participated in, we are very happy that the home team gave their best and the good thing is that three players won the chess titles, it’s good for the country,” he said.