Sandile Mfundisi wins the Lesotho Open

The Kasparov Chess Foundation recently posted the following article on their Facebook page about the Lesotho Open:

“Sandile Mfundisi emerged victorious at Prestige section of the 2016 Lesotho Open as he held his nerve in the final round to head home a 1/2 point ahead of the field of 44 players.

Sandile gets his trophy Sandile Mfundisi, Winner of the Prestige Section of the Lesotho Open

Sandile was made to wait before claiming the prize however as the final standings were decided by board 1 match which proved to be the last game in the entire event to finish. Clive Mthunzi eventually had to agree to a draw on board 1 after pushing for many hours against the local hero Tokelo Klaas and this left both players in a tie for second place. They were joined by WFM Jesse February who beat the ever consistent Alfred Pesa in the final round to also secure her place on the podium.

Lesotho Open

Klaas ended as the top ranked Lesotho player and earned over 60 FIDE rating points for his efforts. He is expected to improve to number 3 in Lesotho as a result of his efforts.

Congratulations are also due to Khanyapa Theko; Nyofane Katleho; Motlohi Motlatsi; Mohlahli Motsie; Maepe Thabang; Sekhoto Lehlohonolo; Motlomelo Khotso and Mohale Lebona
who all achieved full FIDE rating results in the tournament.

There were over 120 players participating across the 3 sections which also saw 40+ players in the U/14 section and a further 40+ players in the Open category.

We look forward to seeing the overall impact of the tournament when the February FIDE rating list is released next week.

Final results are available at… and the games from the top 10 boards in each round will be uploaded shortly for those that wish to retrieve them.”

Sandile had this to share about the tournament in his status update on Facebook:

“Very happy that I won the 2016 Lesotho Championship and I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped me participate and do my best in it. Lesotho is a very beautiful country with great people and I will certainly be going back to defend my Title.

I appreciate all your support. It was not easy but with unwavering self-belief, motivation from loved ones and remembering who I am, the underrated underdog came through once again. The Ultimate Upsetter. The favorite in disguise.

Thank you all. You can also be winner. Just have faith in the fact that God can never create a loser because you are his image and everything is possible for Him therefore victory is DEFINITELY possible for you as well.”

A very happy winner! Enjoying the moment

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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