The Zone 4.2 Chess Championship takes place in Kampala, Uganda from the April 17-26 at the City Tyres playing hall on Kira road, Kamwokya. So far 42 players have confirmed participation in this regional showpiece that will see the winners in the Open and ladies section being crowned International Master (IM) and Woman International Master (WIM) respectively.
There shall be cash prizes as well to the top finishers.
Confirmation for participation has been received from Ethiopia, Egypt, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and the hosts Uganda. Kenya too shall be represented though the actual number of players is yet to be known.
Each participating federation is allowed to enter 5 players in the Open and 5 in the ladies category, with the hosts entitled to 7 players. This promises to be a tight fight and Moroccan International Arbiter (IA) Abdelfattah Akkour will be the Chief Arbiter.
The over-achieving Ugandan players in the Open will be looking forward to upstaging the Egyptians led Grandmaster (GM) El Gindy Essam rated 2469 and IM Hesham Abdelrahman rated 2399, whereas the ladies will be targeting to tame Eman Elansary rated 1865.
And immediately thereafter, players will be trooping to the city of Nairobi, for the Kenya Millionaire Satellite Chess Festival to be held from the 30th April-3rd May at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Divided into two sections, the Millionaires Satellite and Open, it will see the former boasting of guaranteed prizes valued at Sh650,000 with the latter having Sh65,000 at stake.
The overall winner of the 8 round Millionaire Satellite section will receive free entry, flights, accommodation (shared) and meal allowance of US$500 to facilitate their participation in the 2nd edition of the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas, USA from the October 8-12, 2015. This has been made possible by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the organisers of the Millionaire Open in conjunction with Chess Kenya (CK).
And the Nairobi Chess Academy and Club held the inaugural Nairobi Super Select Chess Challenge on the April 10-11 at their base at Slush Coffee World in Westlands. The 6 round event comprised 5 rated players and 7 un-rated ones with a view to helping the latter get FIDE rating points, thus raising the number of rated players in the country. Each layer had 90 minutes to complete the game and 19 year old Joseph Kirega emerged the winner with 5.5 points out of a possible 6.
In second place was Brian Adorwa with 5 points as Nicodemus Ndonye also managed 5 points to finish in third place. WCM Krishi Shah finished with 3 points, finishing as the top unrated performer, followed by Ankhur Phadke and Anish Sukumar who both collected 2 points apiece. Other rated players were David Kinoti (4.5pts) and George Getuma Omondi (4.5pts). The unrated players also included Peniel Weru (2pts), Fathima Mohamed (1pt), Dennis Mathenge (1pt) and Hardiv Karania (1pt).
Meanwhile, Nairobi Chess Club will over the weekend host the 2015 Nairobi Chess Club closed Championship at their home in Goan Gymkhana Club, Ngara Road. The tournament will be a 5 round Swiss system using accelerated pairing with a time control of 60 minutes per player to complete the game. Entry fee is Sh200 for members and Sh1,000 for non-members who wish to become members until 31st August. The event will be used to select 8 members (inclusive of 2 ladies) of the team for the 2015/16 National League. For more inquiries contact the organiser on 0704179797 or 0733733092. And on Sunday CK held an SGM at its secretariat at the Nyayo National Stadium, details of which shall be covered later.
Puzzle: Find the best moves for White (Carlos Torre) against Black (Emanuel Lasker) as played in Moscow 1925.