• Woman Fide master Sasha Mwongeli will captain a team of four chess players to the 2019 Tanzania Open Chess Championship.
• The winner will bag Sh31,500 cash prize, while the second and third pocket Sh22,500 and Sh15,700 respectively.
Woman Fide master Sasha Mwongeli will captain a team of four players to the 2019 Tanzania Open Chess Championship starting today through to Sunday in Dar-es-Salaam.
Mwongeli will be accompanied by candidate master Joyce Nyaruai in the women's category while James Kabui and Brian Adorwa will make up the men's cluster.
The quartet will be under the tutelage of tactician Moses Andiwoh, who is confident the team will yield good results from the bonanza. Andiwoh said the championship is part of the team's preparation for bigger events later in the month.
"We have our eyes locked on bigger targets because the team is also preparing for national blitz and rapids showpieces which will take place on November 16-17. Although the team is here for the first time, I am confident we will put up a good performance," Andiwoh said. Andiwoh exuded confidence in Mwongeli's ability, saying her good attitude in addition to preparation will see her through. He said: "She is well prepared for the open event. Her go-getter approach and positive attitude will help yield good results."
The event has been divided into two categories— Open and Juniors— and will be played on a six-round Swiss format. The winner will bag Sh31,500 while the second and third will pocket Sh22,500 and Sh15,700 respectively.