Olympian Jackson Kamau bounced back after facing a tirade of attacks for his dismal debut performance at the just concluded chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway by winning the inaugural Mikhail Omolo Rapid tournament at the Terrian Chess Academy, located in Brighton Academy-Kindergaten, on Muthangari Road, Lavington.
Played over 7 rounds with each of the 28 participants having 25 minutes to finish the game, Kamau garnered 6 points to take home the winners cash prize of Sh10,000. Yours Truly came in second with 6.5 points to win himself Sh8,000 and carrying away the Sh6,000 third place prize was Vincent Odhiambo, as Abdulnassir Burale finished fourth to pocket Sh5,000.
Srinjay Mukhopadhyay put up a very impressive performance by stopping Olympian Joseph Atwoli in his tracks on his way to winning the juniors category with 4 points, and 8th overall. Sunil Subramaniam managed 3 points for second position and in third place was Sanjana Deshpande, a top junior lady player also on 3 points. They were all awarded medals.
Other juniors included Sumit Deshpande, Sukumar Anish and Vengarai Aravind. The tournament was sponsored by experienced chess player and Olympian Kenneth Omolo to the tune of KShs.10,000 in celebrating his son’s, Mikhail, 3rd birthday. Veteran Francis Ngesa also topped up Sh1,000 to each of the initial winners prizes.
Meanwhile, Chess Kenya will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 14th September, 2014 at the Nyayo Stadium Sports Boardroom starting from 3PM. The items listed on the agenda are the chairman’s report, the financial report, constitution amendment and ratification, co-option of officials and the strategic plan. However, members have until the 7th of September to submit their proposed agenda items.
On Saturday 13th September, the 1st Nairobi Open Grand Prix Rapid Junior Chess Championship will be held at the Terrian Chess Academy and the tournament director will be George Ochieng who can be reached on 0724455551 for details. On the same day the 28th Edition of the Mt. Kenya Chess Championship will take place at Moi Equator Girls Secondary School, Nanyuki.
Puzzle: Find the best moves for White (GM V.Kramnik) versus Black (GM A.Timofeev) as played during the 64th Russian Championship, 2011.