(Article courtesy of Vianney Luggya, President, Uganda Chess Federation)
Sudan are the surprise hosts for the internationally rated Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship scheduled for 19th to 29th May 2011 in Khartoum. Uganda is part of FIDE’s Zone 4.2, which also comprises of Sudan, chess power house Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Djibouti, Mauritius and Seychelles among others.
Each country is only allowed up to three individual participants in each of the Men’s and Ladies’ categories. The zonal winners of each category automatically become International Masters (IM) while the second and third in each category become FIDE Masters (FMs). Holding of this year’s event in neighbouring Sudan presents a rare opportunity to the Uganda Chess Federation to send some of its players to such an event that presents a rare opportunity to acquire an international title and rating.
Registration deadline for participation in the event is 1st May 2011 and each participant is required to pay FIDE entry fees of 70 Euros and a participation fee of 100 Euros.
An invitation from Sudan Chess Federation President, Eng. Tarig Ali Zarog indicated that the Zone 4.2 Open winner will qualify to participate in the 2011 World Cup.
There will be 9 rounds of play with one game per day based on the Swiss System. Each player will be allocated 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move. In essence, each full game will last up to over 4 hours.