Avantiline – Africa Elite Grand Prix Arena Report – October 2018

This is a round up of the Avantiline-Africa Chess Elite Grand Prix Arena for October 2018. It presents the winners, the new ‘kids’ on the block and the giant strides Zimbabwe Chess is making.
Event: Africa Grand Prix Elite Arena October, 2018 Time Control: 3+0 Duration: 90 Minutes Venue: Lichess.org Duration:  October, 2018. Winners: 1.IM Odion Aikhoje (@Odirovski) Points: 160 Country:Nigeria Prize:$120 + $10 Worth of Bitcoins. 2.FM  Adebayo Adegboyega (@Dabee) Points:123 Country: Nigeria Prize:$80 + Extra $10 worth of Bitcoins 3.FM Harold Wanyama(@Wanyaland) Points:100 Country:Uganda Prize:$40 +$10 Worth of Bitcoins. The excitement that greeted every Sunday Nights in Africa amongst Chess Enthusiast across Africa has not waned for once. Sunday Nights are permanently marked on the Calendars of Chess Players in Africa. Different players with differences in purpose. Some, their joy is to participate while for others, watching the best players across Africa slug it out is what they stay the night out to savor. To say both purposes are met is to say the obvious. But Chess players had more as the great performances by the Elites has not left the lips of Players a days after. @IM Odirovski(Nigeria) gave a sterling performance in the 4 week event. He has so far registered valuable points week after week to come top amongst the Elite. The Alekhine defence proponent lit up the ‘spirit’ of the Late Alekhine as the defence brought him much glory. He crowned his performance with a top place on the final week. This gave him Thirty Seven(37) Grand Prix Points ahead of his closest rival. For the umpteenth time, @Odirovski is the Crown Elite Champion once again. He had 160 Points from 4 events. In second place is another Nigerian, @FM Dabee. The semi-retired chess player could not retain his crown secured from September Grand Prix. An exponent of the Trompowsky attack, he kept up the challenge till the last day of event to ensure @Odirovski did not have it easy as the Elite King. @Dabee amassed 123 Points to secure the second place. In third place is @FM Harold Wanyama, the self styled ‘King from the East’. He rallied round some disappointing results in previous editions to thankfully book a place in top 3. The IT Guru reincarnated his super performance that recently saw him climbing to spot Number two in Uganda Chess even without participating at the just concluded Olympiad or any major International events. Number 100 is the lucky number as he had his country man @Attrition closing in on him with 98 Points. To complete the top 10, @Handy-Andy (Zimbabwe) made a strong showing to clinch 5th position. @Handy-Andy’s chess strength has been on the rise recently. @waign is another new comer in the top 10. Another Zimbabwean also made top 10. @Castrong played strong to justify his name and place amongst the African Elites. It seems the Zimbabweans are doing something right on their Chess as they were also the surprise top Performer amongst the Africa Teams at the recently conluded chess Olympiad. Below Table is the list of Top 10 Players
PLAYERS LICHESS  HANDLE POINTS EARNED NUMBER OF EVENTS NAME APPEARS COUNTRY
1 ODIROVSKI 160 4 NIGERIA
2 DABEE 123 4 NIGERIA
3 WANYALAND 100 4 UGANDA
4 ATTRITION 98 4 UGANDA
5 HANDY-ANDY 89 4 ZIMBABWE
6 BANELEVICH 69 3 SOUTH AFRICA
7 DAPSAY 61 3 NIGERIA
8 WAIGN 54 4 UGANDA
9 STUFFINGS 54 3 NIGERIA
10 CASTRONG 52 2 ZIMBABWE
All the Top 10 has won themselves $10 worth of Bitcoins for their effort Courtesy our Sole sponsor, Avantiline Design Limited. The November edition promises to bemore interesting as we expect the return of Africa Super GrandMaster, GM Bassem Amin who just fought hid way back to the 2700+ FIDE elo mark. We also expect the returns of Top Egyptians like IM Adham Fawazy who just concluded his Under 18 Junior Wolrd Championship in Greece. International Master(IM) David Silva is well settled in France now and will also be participating in full. We at Africa Chess Pty promises more exciting time for our esteemed followers. Our sincere appreciation goes to our ever faithful Sponsor Avantline Design Ltd for staying true to us. Avantliline Design Ltd is a top notch Architectural and Construction Company based in Lagos, Nigeria. They also provide consultancy services and can deploy their expertise in any part of the world.  

Ajibade Olayemi

Ajibade Olayemi best known as Olarov in Africa Chess Cycle is a Passionate Chess lover and Promoter.

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