KCB’s former national champion, CM Ben Magana was crowned the Madaraka Open chess champion after he won 6 games and drew one to score an impressive 6.5/7 points. He beat a field of 32 players who wrestled it out at Makini School on Sunday and Monday.
He was presented with a trophy and Sh10,000, as he once again cemented his supremacy on the local chess scene. He was followed by Mehul Gohil, who rescinded his national champion title earlier in the year, on 6 points as Brian Adorwa, Charles Lwanga, James Muchai and Phillip Singe tied on 5 points apiece to finish in that order. Mehul won Sh5,000 and the others equally shared the 3rd prize of Sh3,000. Equity Bank’s Gweyani Jumba won the ladies section in spite tying on 4 points each with Joyce Nyaruai and WFM Rose Wabuti to each take home Sh3,667. In the 6 rounds youth event held on Saturday, 73 participants took part and the top three finishers in each category were awarded trophies, as follows, with points garnered indicated in brackets.
U8 boys: 1. Lakshwin Abinesh (4), 2.Ramesh Sanjay (3.5), 3.Odongo Lwanga (3); U-8 girls: Elaine Muturi (2.5); U-10 boys: 1. Aguda Lwanga (6) 2. Srungarapu Mohit (4.5), 3.Chanra Nareddy (4.5); U10 girls: 1.Gosrani Naiya (3), 2. Vedhika Sheshadri (3), 3. Ajiambo Adia (1.5); U:12 boys: 1. Timothy Mwambu (5.5), 2. Maxrore Wambua (3), 3. Jeff Gichuki (3); U-12 girls:1. Aliyah Sterry (5), 2. Tracy Mboya (4), 3. Raisa Wanjiku ( (3.5); U-14 boys: 1. Anish Sukumar (4) 2. Derrick Kariuki (4), 3. Mark Kogo (3.5); U-14 girls: Amina Kiniti (2); U16 boys: 1. Bill William (4), 2. Brian Gitahi (4), 3. Telles Stelvid (3); U16 girls: 1. Shah Sita (5), 2. Srungarapu Bhumija (5), 3. Dorcas Wanjala (3.5); U18 boys: 1. Jeff Msafari (6), 2. Leonard Koiyo (4), 3. Jesse Kamau (4). Both events were organised by the Nairobi Chess Academy and Club in partnership with Makini School, Chess Kenya and Prox Chess House.
Meanwhile, the national chess league is set to begin very soon, and a number of teams have shown interest in participating. Among them is a new corporate entrant, the Kenyan Alliance Insurance Company Limited, which has been training for the last 2 months under the watchful eye of CM Magana.
Puzzle: How did white (Mehul Gohil) proceed against black (FM Steve Ouma) in this game played during the 2015 Madaraka Open Chess Championship?