Anish Sukumar and Vedhika Seshadri both scored 100 per cent in the boys’ under-10 and girls under-8 category respectively during the 9th Waridi Junior Open Chess Championship, which was hosted at the Maharashtra Mandal Badminton Hall in Parklands on Saturday.
The event attracted 68 players who competed in the under 8,10,12,14 and 18 categories. Among the schools represented were: Karima Girls Secondary, Naivasha, Riabai Secondary, Kiambu and Nairobi Pentecostal, Buru Buru, Shepherds Junior Buru Buru, Faith Ventures Garden Estate, Arya Vedic, Premier Academy, Newlight Komarock, Peponi, Oshwal Academy, Braeburn, Consolata Primary, Aga Khan Junior Academy, Toddlers Academy Westlands, Samaj Primary South C all from Nairobi.
The tournament was played over 5 rounds and was a build-up event in preparation for the World Youth Chess Championship to be staged in Durban, South Africa in September this year. Chess Kenya is expected to announce the dates for the qualifiers soon.
The top three winners in the various categories were: Under 8 boys; 1.Odongo Lwanga, 2.Daksh Rai, 3.Abinesh Lakshwin; Under 8 girls:1.Vedhika Seshadri, 2. Shirlene Obara, 3.Natalie Luvunda; Under 10 boys: 1. Anish Sukumar, 2.Sunil Subramaniam, 3.Harshil Gudhka; Under 10 girls:1. Fathima Mohamed, 2.Aunam Shah, 3.Gilliane Otieno; Under 12 boys:1.Krish Bhandary, 2.Navneeth Reddy, 3.Naveen Soundrapan; Under 12 girls: 1. Raisa Wanjiku, 2.Tandy Adur; Under 14 boys: 1.Aravind Vengarai, 2.Victor Gitahi, 3.Sajan Patell; Under 14 girls: 1.Ramya Vadrevu, 2.Sravya Vadrevu, 3.Abigail Thuo; Under 18 boys: 1.Srinjay Mukhopadhyay, 2.Subham Rai, 3.Moses Maina; Under 18 girls: 1.Jemima Maina, 2.Judith Patience, 3.Grace Mwai.
The event was well organized by the tournament director, Olympian Larry Kagambi who is a FIDE Instructor and Arbiter and Samuel Kimani, a chess trainer and teacher at Riabai Secondary School in Kiambu.
Puzzle: Find the best move for white (GM V.Ivanchuk) against black (GM T. Radjabov) in the 5th Kings Tournament, 2011.