Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School in Nyeri County hosted the Kenya National Youth Chess Championship (KNYCC)—Mt.Kenya region qualifiers, last Saturday.
A total of 182 players from 12 schools participated in this 6-round Swiss system event, in which each player had 30 minutes to finish the game.
The participants were drawn from the following schools; Effort Junior, Baricho Boys, Karima Girls, Kirimara High, St.Agnes Girls, St.Mary’s Boys, Kanjuri High, Kagio Boys, Kiaguthi Boys, Mugoiri Girls, Nyeri Hillstead and the hosts Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School, and the winners in each category were as listed below.
U10 Boys: 1. Joseph Ephraim 2. Willy Maina 3.Winston Kiama; U8 Girls: 1. Florence Atieno; U12 Boys: 1. Kelvin Githae, 2.Chris Wagema, 3.Emmanuel Muhoro; U12 Girls: 1.Daisy Muthoni, 2.Pollet Wambui, 3. Patriciah Kathambi; U14 Boys: 1. Michael Mundati, 2. John Mbugua, 3.Newton Karimi; U14 Girls: 1. Peris Waweru, 2. Shalom Stacy, 3.Clara Muthoni; U16 Boys: 1.Brian Chege, 2.Raphael Ndonga, 3.Vincent Ndegwa; U16 Girls: 1.Abigael Wairimu, 2.Phyllis Wahura, 3. Faith Kamau; U18 Boys: 1. Simon Kanyutu, 2.Jeff Kariuki, 3.Eliel Berur; U18 Girls: 1.Corazon Karoki, 2.Sonia Wairimu, 3.Savinda Gitu.
Chess Kenya have already sent out invitations to select a number of top performers from this event to join other regional qualifiers in the national finals to be held in Makini School, Nairobi County, this Saturday.
Eventual winners in each category will be crowned the 2015/16 national youth champion, as well as earn a berth to represent the country in the forthcoming Africa Youth Chess Championship (AYCC) in Lusaka, Zambia, from December 5-13 this year. And Uganda’s IM Arthur Ssegwanyi won the 2015 Mombasa Open Chess Championship (MOCC) played at the Technical University of Mombasa on October 17-19. He garnered 5.5/6 points as five players, James Panchol, Peter Ding, CM Kenneth Omolo, Mehul Gohil and Sajid Nurmohamed tied for second place but separated by tie-break after amassing 5 points apiece.
In the ladies category, Emma Wangari got 4 points to be crowned the winner via tie-break as well, since Agnes Thuo also scored 4 points but was relegated to second position. Isaballe Asiema finished in third place with 3.5 points. In the junior category, Arul Samesh scored a perfect 6/6 points to emerge tops, followed by Vihan Kumar, Goutham Parameswaran, Naim Abdulhakim and Gideon Mtango, who managed 4 points each. Meanwhile, the national league continued at Kenyatta University last weekend, with action switching to Kisii County this weekend.
Puzzle: Find White’s (E.Tomashevsky) best moves against Black (R.Ponomariov) as played at the 27th European Club Cup 2011.
Solution: 1.e5 dxe5 2.Rd1