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Chess at the beach with cold Tuskers


Kenyan chess players are all gearing up for a chessfest this month.

Mombasa Chess Club have organised the Mombasa Open which is scheduled for 8th and 9th October 2011 and it will be held at the famous – Wild Waters Resort in Mombasa. See http://www.wildwaterskenya.com/.

Making this announcement  was Mombasa Chess Club Secretary Jonah.  The event is being sponsored by Mr. Mwenda Thuranira, C.E O Myspace  Properties. http://www.myspacepropertieskenya.com.

Mombasa Chess Club have the distinction of being the first chess club in Kenya to have a website www.mombasachessclub.  The sad thing they seem to be working to be the first club to have its website closed down as well.  This was the message that I got when I tried to find their website (which was working last week)

Notice: This domain name expired on 09/28/11 and is pending renewal or deletion

I do hope the officials wake up and sort this looming problem……….  Many of you will want to know who won the event in 2010; Well I have done some homework for you and give you a report by Chess Stalwart – Githinji Hinga from the Kenya Chess Forum

Uganda’s Harold Wanyama held his nerve to retain his title in the Chess tournament which ended on Monday.

Facing stiff opposition from top Kenyan players and fellow Ugandans, Wanyama, who is also the defending East African champion finished the tourney tied with Kenya’s Nathan Ateka tied on 6 points out of a possible 7. The Ugandan however won on Bucholtz tie-break system where the cumulative opponents’ points count. The three day event was jointly hosted by Mombasa Beach Hotel and the picturesque Wild Waters
Park with Disneyland like features.

Following closely on third place was another Ugandan Arhur Ssengwanyi on 5.5 points. The other players finishing in top ten were Matthew Kanegeni, David Okeyo, Elijah Ejamong’ (UG), Githinji Hinga, Ben Nguku, Givans Amunga and Collins Young.
The ladies’ prize was scooped by yet another newcomer, media studies student Margaret Muriithi playing in her first  seniors tournament ever.

The event was generously sponsored by Myspace Property developers and individual wellwishers led by Momasa Chess Club treasurer Dr. Phillip Mwashe.