The 1st Terrian Invitational Chess Tournament took place on Saturday 26th July at the prestigious Brighton Academy - Kindergarten, on Muthangari Road, Lavington. 8 players were invited to play in a round robin over 7 rounds, an initiative of Olympian Steve Ouma, who was also the tournament director, as Arnold Oyagi took on the arbirter’s role.
The invited players were Karoli Lwanga, George Ochieng, Moses Andiwoh, Geoffrey Dokoria, Ricky Sang, Brian Adorwa, Yours Truly and Steve Ouma. Each player had 30 minutes within which to finish the game, and the level of competition was quite commendable.
As if to underscore the importance of this to his Olympiad preparation, Steve won the event with 6 points, followed by Andiwoh with 5 points and Yours Truly came in third with 4.5 points.
A 9 rounds blitz tournament, in which each player had 5 minutes to finish the game, was held thereafter. Yours Truly, playing host as the CEO/Founder of the Terrian Chess Academy (TCA) won with 8 points. In second place was Dokoria with 7 points as TCA’s Marketing Director Ricky came in third with 6 points.
Plans are underway to make it a regular event, in which top players from within and without the country shall be invited to fight it out over a weekend. An open weekly tournament will also be inaugurated.
The players were full of praise of the serene environment, and the CEO thanked the management of Brighton Academy, for opening the doors to them, as they partner in introducing chess to kids as a tool of education.
Meanwhile, Team Kenya leaves for the Olympiad that runs from the 1st - 14th August in Tromso, Norway tomorrow. The tournament will have an open section and a women’s section, as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess. The FIDE (World Chess Federation) will also hold its 85th Congress at which elections will be conducted.
The South African and Georgian Chess Federations will be bidding to host the 2017 World Cup, as Baku, Azerbaijan will host the 42nd Chess Olympiad in 2016!
Puzzle: Find out how Black (GM E.Sutovsky) won against White (GM S.Guliev) in this game played during the Baku Open A, 201.
Solution: 1…..Rxd5 2.Rxa6 Rxh2 3.Ra8+ Rd8 4.Bb5+ Kf8 5.Rxd8+ Kg7 and white resigned since Rh1#