Ugandan KCB chess club player FM Harold Wanyama won the Prestige section of the inaugural Millionaire Satellite Chess Festival with an impressive 7.5/8 points, beating a field of 37 players.
The tournament ran from the 30th April to 3rd May and was held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The superb tournament was organized by the Millionaire Chess, a brainchild of American GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee, plus the Kasparov Chess Foundation - Africa (KCF-A) in conjunction with Chess Kenya.
Wanyama put behind him his recent poor showing at the Zone 4.2 Chess Championship played in Uganda and this fete of six wins and one draw earned him an all-expenses paid trip plus allowances to the 2nd edition of the Millionaires Chess to be held in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA from October 8-12, 2015 where the winner will pocket $1 million!
Veteran Kenyan player and former Olympian and also FIDE Instructor/Trainer Lawrence Kagambi put up a spirited performance to emerge second with 6 points, followed by Equity Bank’s chess club player Mowlid Ahmed (6), CM Kenneth Omolo (6), and Olympian Joseph Atwoli (6). They split the combined 2nd - 5th prize of $1,150 to win Sh26,737 each.
In 6th place was Uganda’s CM Haruna Nsubuga (5.5) as Kevins Omondi finished 7th followed by KCB’s CM Ben Magana (5), Equity’s Vincent Ngeno (5) and KCB’s Jackson Kamau (5) in 10th place. International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong had a disastrous outing coming in 12th place on 4.5 points as the only player to hold Wanyama to a draw, KCB’s Philip Singe finished 12th with 4.5 points as well.
The Open section was won by Tom Amwai of Nairobi Chess Academy and Club who garnered 6 points to top the field of 65 participants and win Sh20,000. In joint second position were veteran Martin Oyamo, Collins Young, Arnold Oyagi, Nicodemus Ndonye and Victor Hongo all on 5.5 points and taking home Sh3,500 each.
In the Junior section, Aguda Lwanga won in the boys’ under 10 category with 5/7 as Fathima Mohamed clinched the girls’ category with 5/7 points. Other winners were: Boys U14 Darshan Shah (6.5) Girls: Reana Paraas Varsani (5); Boys U18 Joel Muriithi Ndege (6) Girls: Sita Shah (5.5). The top girls were Daphne Mwikali and Krishi Shah with 4.5 points apiece.
A total of 191 registered for the event well managed by Chess Kenya’s CEO Satish Despande as Amy Lee of Millionaire Chess, Graham Jurgensen of KCF-A and CK Chairman Githinji Hinga presided over the closing ceremony.
Puzzle: Black (GM El Gindy) played Be4+ against White (FM H.Wanyama) at the 2015 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda. How did Wanyama proceed to win in 3 moves?