Luzia Pires added another feather in her cap after she was crowned as the Zone 4.5 Africa Individual Chess Champion in Maseru, Lesotho.
The Angolan who was seeded 4th in the tournament pulled a shocker as she outclassed the highest-seeded players in the zonal chess competition. Pires completed 7 victories and two draws to tally 8 points out of the possible 9 rounds.
Her notable wins were against WFM Ednasia Junior, WGM elect Jesse February, and draws against defending champion, WIM Caxita Esperanca and WIM Anzel Laubscher.
South Africa’s Jesse February accumulated 7.5 points to claim the silver medal. Esperance finished third with 6.5 points to settle for the bronze medal.
Zone 4.5 Africa Individual Chess Championship Top 10 Results:
1.Luzia Pires (Angola)
2.Jesse February (South Africa)
3.Caxita Esperance (Angola)
4.Anzel Laubscher (South Africa)
5.Ednasia Junior (Angola)
6.Chloé Badenhorst (South Africa)
7.Katlo Natalie Banda (Botswana)
8.Vanilla Vilhete (Mozambique)
9.Andre Cheila Sitoi (Mozambique)
10.Bonolo Ntsielo (Lesotho)
Photo 1 Caption: Luzia Pires adds another feather in her cap winning the Zone 4.5 Africa Individual Chess Champion in Maseru, Lesotho. Photo: Clube Desportivo 1 de Agosto (Facebook)