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Ahmed Adly, born Feb 19, 1987, was the first Egyptian Grandmaster (2005), and the youngest-ever from Africa. In 2001, he was African Under-20 champion. In 2003, he contracted malaria while playing in a chess tournament in Nigeria. He then went straight from Nigeria to Greece to participate in the World Youth Championship. Doctors discovered he had malaria and saved him. Two of his chess-playing friends returned to Egypt and died. In 2004, he took 3rd place in the World Under-18 championship. In 2005, he won the Arab Junior Championship.