National champion and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) player, Candidate Master (CM) Ben Magana, is the Kisumu’s Scottish Tartan Open Chess Champion! His outstanding display of 6.5 out of 7 possible points, also saw Kenya break a 2-year losing streak against the seemingly invincible Ugandans, with 3 of them, International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong, Candidate Master (CM) Bob Bibasa and Arthur Ssegwanyi finishing with 6 points. Ben took home Ksh30,000.
But Uganda’s national ladies champion, WCM Ivy Amoko posted 5 points in the open section to win the ladies category. She convincingly beat Kenya’s national team contenders Geoffrey Mulaga and Steve Ouma, on her way to pocketing Ksh15,000. KCB’s Gweyanyi Jumba was second on 4 points and Technical University of Kenya’s Ann Kung’u finished third on 3.5 points.
The evergreen KCB team was mesmerizing in their branded outfits, and replicated the same on the chessboard by winning the best team trophy, as Moi University triumphed in the universities category.
Kisumu Boys Secondary hosted Kisumu Day and Jahlaram Academy in a 2 day tournament played over 7 rounds that attracted 42 students. The host’s Elias Dwala won unbeaten followed by team mates Euance Hilary and Festo Omondi with 5.5 points. Meanwhile, Kenyatta University will be home to the 2014 East Africa Open Chess Festival from the 18th – 22nd April. The FIDE rated tournament is sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) to the tune of Ksh.400,000, and the winner will take home Ksh.85,000. A separate open section will see the winner pocket Ksh30,000 and the top lady Ksh15,000.
Puzzle: Find the best move for White (Vishy Anand) vs Black (Alexei Shirov) in the 24th Leon Masters, 2011