Uganda once again proved just how good they are when they walloped Nairobi Chess Club’s (NCC) team 12-4 to clinch the 3rd edition of Migingo Cup played over the weekend at Goan Gymkhana, Nairobi.
They made it three in a row and set a seemingly insurmountable task for Kenya to draw level in this annual event held alternatingly between the two countries.
Rated among the top teams in Africa, Uganda fielded Olympians Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, CM Patrick Kawuma and former child prodigy who came back to playing chess recently, Walter Okas.
Kenya’s number one player Peter Gilruth played alongside fellow Olympians in national champion CM Ben Magana and Mehul Gohil with Brian Kidula making his debut in this match.
The latter, however, gave a good account of themselves with the disparity in the score line not really reflecting how close the games were fought out.
The Ugandan’s acknowledged this fact and blamed Kenya’s lack of endgame technique as their undoing.
Fans milled around the playing venue in their dozens, amongst them 10-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ Kamau who was in awe of being within touching distance of such an assembly of chess talent, and wants to be among the best players in the country!
NCC’s chairman, Kim Bhari expressed optimism that the event shall continue as long as chess is around, and appealed to well-wishers to come out and support this initiative. Meanwhile, Kisumu County Chess Group will host he inaugural Scottish Tartan Hotel Open chess tournament from April 5th to 6th at the hotel.
Quiz: Find the best move for white (GM Alexei Shirov) against black (GM Fabiano Caruana), during the Biel Chess Festival, 2011