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The Commonwealth and South African open

Gawain Jones
In one of the most important events taking place in Africa this year, Gawain Jones edged Nigel Short on tie-break, both players scoring 9.5/11. This prestigious event took place in Ekurhuleni in the Gauteng region (Johannesburg and Pretoria).

The tournament had a remarkable 367 participants, which could well be a record for sub-Saharan Africa. Fifteen nationalities were present, with the English pair Jones and Short finishing half-a-point ahead of three players on 9/11. Gawain Jones should move past the 2600 mark with this result.

Rank   Title Name Country Rating Points  Tie-break 
1 ENG GM Jones Gawain CB ENG 2596 9.5 56.5
2 ENG GM Short Nigel D ENG 2682 9.5 55.5
3 AUS GM Smerdon David AUS 2520 9.0 54.0
4 GER IM Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2502 9.0 53.0
5 IND GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2526 9.0 50.5
6 ARG GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2555 8.5 55.0
7 ZAM FM Jere Daniel ZAM 2344 8.5 54.0
8 IND IM Grover Sahaj IND 2485 8.5 53.5
9 IND GM Laxman Rajaram IND 2446 8.5 51.5
10 BEL IM Ringoir Tanguy BEL 2399 8.5 50.5
11 IND IM Karavade Eesha IND 2343 8.5 48.5
12 IND GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2604 8.0 54.5

For Africa, a tournament with seven GMs, 2 WGMs and 11 IMs is also exceptional.

Note the excellent result of the highest placed African player, Zambian Daniel Jere in seventh place.

For further information see the official site:

http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/index.html


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