International Master Elijah Emojong and Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga got off to a good start at the Tanzania Open Chess Championships being held at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
The duo, as expected won their respective opening two rounds, with Emojong beating Ilyas Abdallah and Tanzanian Candidate Master Yusuf Mdoe, and Nsubuga seeing off Ally Hussien and CM Nurdin Hassuji in the first and second round respectively.
This leaves the two- on same points [two]- leading the table heading into the third round. Four other players including Kenya’s No.3 seed Githinji Hinga won their opening two rounds.
In the third round, Emojong meets Martinez Rodriguez Pablo li from Spain on board one while Nsubuga faces Geoffrey Mwanyika on board two. Both their opponents are also on two points.
The IM is aiming at triumphing at the event for the second time having won the 2015 edition. He missed the title by a whisker last year after IM Arthur Ssegwanyi clinched the title on a tie-break. The two IMs tied on seven points, but Ssegwanyi had the tie-break on his favor.
Like the recently concluded Uganda Open in which Emojong and Nsubuga among other top players disappointed, the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is a benefactor of this tourney.
The foundation has been very active in helping the development of chess programs throughout the continent.