South African Grandmaster wins Zonal Championship

Solomon Kenny (R)

The 2017 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships were concluded on Saturday at Warm Harbor Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia, with South African Grandmaster Solomon Kenny winning the event.

The 38-year-old collected 7.5 points and his triumph was in no doubt as he took control of the Championships from onset.

While he drew three of his last four games, the odds were on his side following his successive victories in the first five rounds.

The lone GM at the event shared spoils with direct rivals IM Andrew Kayonde, IM Mwali Chitumbo and his fellow South African, IM Daniel Cawdery, and it was just enough for him to lift the trophy as the other results went his way.

It was a disappointing tournament for Kayonde. The Zambian No.1 seed managed just four wins, drew as many and lost his last game to Angolan IM Pedro Aderito. Kayonde settled for a sixth finish with 5.5 points as he finished outside the rewarding positions.

Chitumbo ended the event half a point below Kenny as he came second with 7points. He was one of the only three players to end the event unbeaten, the other being Cawdery and the champion.

Richmond Phiri, Aderito and Cawdery came joint third each collecting 6 points and Zambian IMs Daniel Jere and Gilan Bwalya were seventh and eighth respectively each with 5.5 points.