Day 1 of the Blitz at the CIV Invitational saw a dominant performance by GM Bassem Amin as he recorded an impressive 8/9 to take a commanding 7 point lead into the final days play. It was a day of sorrow for a number of other top contenders however as they failed to keep up with the blistering pace set by Bassem.

This nevertheless set up an exciting final day's play as a tight battle emerged for the remaining prize earning places.
The Africa Chess Media report on this critical days play is published and available at with photos courtesy of WGM Alina L'Ami as always.