The 27th edition of Mt Kenya Junior chess Championship was held at Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School, Nyeri County on May 25, 2014, with a record 275 young players from 19 schools and individuals participating.
In the primary category, Nyeri Good Shepherd took first position, followed by Nyeri Hill Stead while Efforts Junior Keroguya emerged third. The hosts defended their title in the girls’ category as St Mary’s Boys proved to be the kings of chess.
The event was officiated by international FIDE arbiters, Isaac Babu and Steve Ouma. The tournament director Mr. Watson Weru, father of chess whiz kid Peniel Weru, was proud of the fact that Mt Kenya has produced fine products in the game, among them Olympian Rehema Khimulu, George Githui, Denies Baaru, Victor Karani and Peniel Weru.
And on June 1-2, the Eastlands Chess Club hosted the Eastlands Open at the YWCA Hall, Mamlaka road, Nairobi. Moses Andiwoh and Ricky Sang (KCB) both scored 6/7 points but the former emerged winner on Buchholz— a tie-break scoring system. Olympiad debutant Jackson Kamau came in 3rd with 5.5 points in spite having sensationally lost to 10 year-old Anish Sukumar in the 1st round!
In the junior category, Aravind Vengarai emerged tops followed by Sumit Deshpande, against whom he had to play 3 blitz matches to get the winner after tying on 3.5 points each. Interestingly, they still drew with 1.5 points apiece! In third place was another promising talent, Sunil Subramaniam on 3 points.
Three Olympians Gweyani Jumba on 4.5 points, Purity Maina on 4 points (both of KCB) and Isabella Asiema on 4 points completed the ladies podium finish. KCB was the best team after placing 4 players in the top 10.
Puzzle: Find the best move for white (GM T. Petrosian vs black (GM N. Vitiugov) as played in the Aeroflot Open, 2011