By CHISHALA MUSONDA
JONATHAN Thomas on Wednesday night cruised to a comfortable checkmate and recorded Zambia’s only win in the second round of the 2013 African Youth Chess Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
But it was twist of results for the Sorensens – Hampus and Aval – who both lost their respective round two matches in the boys’ and girls’ under-10 sections, respectively, at the Boardwalk Hotel Convention Centre and Spa in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Anish Bala lost his straight second game of the competition in the boys’ under-10 category.
Thomas, who has been elevated to play in the under-14 category, outclassed Lucas Roos of South Africa before a 22nd move checkmate while playing white pieces in the game played on table five.
The win pushed him to 1.5 points and is in fifth overall standings alongside Sachin Modi of the host nation and the pair are just half a point behind three players on two points apiece.
The three are Candidate Master (CM) Abhiram Sasitharan of Botswana, Women FIDE Master (WFM) Chame Tiffany Darling of South Africa and Egypt’s FIDE Master (FM) Adham Fawzy.
In round three, Thomas was drawn to play back pieces against Franco Marais, a South African.
In the under-10 boys’ category, Hampus lost to Ahmed Naseem Essa on board two after 58 moves and now remains on just one point and is in eighth overall place.
Bala continues to find it hard to break the ice, losing on table five to Matthew Marketos after making 55 moves. Both Essa and Marketos are South Africans.
In the third round, the Zambians were drawn to play black pieces with Hampus taking on South Africa’s Dylan Miller on table four while Bala on board seven against Begad Elmorshdy of Egypt.
The Egyptian, who is yet to win a game, lost to Hampus in round one.
Riley Adams, Andreas de Jager and Essa all have two points, half a point behind are Jacque Malan and Marketos with Hampus and six other having one point.
In the girls’ under-10, Sonia Modi defeated Alva who resigned after the 26th move in the game played on table three and the loss pushed the Zambian to number 10 overall with one point.
Modi’s win took her top of the under-10 girls’ category on two points sharing the position with Lina Nassr of Algeria and her fellow native Esmeralda Schmidt.
Melissa Milford, a South Africa, has 1.5 points while eight other players including Alva, have one point.
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