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Eldoret Chess Tournament – update and the most amazing fight off the chess board!!


I have managed to find the information I was looking for.  This is the cross-table for the men’s event and the ladies event.  It is sad that only 21 players made it with about 12 Ugandans.  This should have been a huge event with a 1st prize of KShs 30,000.

Anyway chess players in Kenya are being given ring side tickets for the most amazing Chess Kenya Committee fight.  On one side we have the Chairman Andolo Ambasi (who is the sponsor of this event) and on the other side the charming Mary Kanyua who is an Executive Member.
Well the story started out with a certain unknown person called Cyrus Ouma who wrote an email to the Kenya Chess Forum and many others an email about nepotism in Chess Kenya.  The main point being that Lydia who is a committee member is Andolo Ambasi’s sister in law.  Well that touched a raw nerve with the Chairman who fired off a fast response using the word “circumcised” in his response.   I am too embarrassed to copy and paste it here.  Cyrus was back with a salvo and the next email was from Bigwig Ambasi accusing Mary Kanyua of being the person who is using Cyrus’s name under a false alias!!!  Of course Mary was swift and cruel in her response………….which is produced in full below
This is madness, starting with you Mr. Ambasi. How foolish of you to think that I can impersonate anyone so as to pass a message? Yes and yes you are aware that neither myself nor other executive members support Lydia as an Executive. Didnt I state this complain in a CK executive meeting this January? Didnt I even write to you and tell you (via text) that you have failed as a Chairman, and that you bridge the constitution to suit your interests? For instance, why do you want us to stick to the constitution for elections, yet you seem to bend it on other aspects? Please note that I consider you a failure in most aspects of CK, and I have told some chessers, BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE the Executive, that I perceive you as a failure than a success.  If players choose to expose you in such methods as using fake names, then that is not my doing. Also note that you have accused me falsely and it is on record, and I will use it to pursue justice or to demand a public apology from you. 

I get more support (in organising the National Chess Championship) from chess players and petitioners (some of who were not approved by you in the Olympiad committee) than the support I get from you, so which chesser doesnt know how frustrated I am with YOU and your leadership? There is nothing I havent told you on your face, but maybe its too hard for you to handle my stern remarks. What is it that I cannot or have not told you via mail, text or face to face under the name Mary Kanyua? I am no coward to impersonate anyone? That should sink deep into your head.

Also note that, just because I am not for Lydia (due to her lack of commitment in attending meetings) doesnt mean I am intimidated with having ladies in the executive. You have promoted a culture of accommodating dorminant officials and too bad for you that I do not condone this. For your information, the other officials are aware that I have contacted a certain number of ladies to join the executive in the upcoming elections, but you seem to have a problem with those that signed the petitioners list last year. 

Ambasi, you excel in a divide-and-rule kind of setting, both within the executive and also between players and officials, but you do not excel on what you can do for the chess fraternity. I also despise your leadership, based on the fact that I use my personal money to organise a big event such as the national chess championship. I also come from my 6 hours work station, to look for a venue for the 2012 National chess championship. I have told you my grievances always and often, but all you seem to care about is your “Ambasi Tournament”, a month before elections.

And as for you silly Cyrus, I am nobody’s pet. I love what I do and I do what I love for CK. Showcase your real identity and stop this madness. 

Wow!! That is all I can say for now.  

Ranking crosstable after Round 4

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.  TB1 
1 Gilruth Peter 2180 KEN 11w1 8b1 2w1 5b1 4w 4.0 9.0
2 Gonza Simon 2075 UGA 7w1 4w1 1b0 11w1 3b 3.0 11.0
3 Ssegwanyi Arthur 2166 UGA 12b0 14w1 9b1 6w1 2w 3.0 6.0
4 Bibasa Bob Gilbert 2160 UGA 15w1 2b0 13w1 8b1 1b 3.0 6.0
5 Kamoga Rajab 2121 UGA 14b1 12w1 6b½ 1w0 10b 2.5 8.5
6 Nsubuga Haruna 2103 UGA 9w1 13b1 5w½ 3b0 7w 2.5 7.5
7 Miheso Clement 2210 KEN 2b0 15w1 11b½ 12w1 6b 2.5 6.0
8 Kanduho Washaba 2100 UGA 10b1 1w0 12b1 4w0 9b 2.0 9.5
9 Nyongesa Humphrey 1950 KEN 6b0 -1 3w0 13b1 8w 2.0 7.0
10 Ochogo Carey 1950 KEN 8w0 11b0 -1 14b1 5w 2.0 5.0
11 Kagambi Lawrence 2000 KEN 1b0 10w1 7w½ 2b0 14w 1.5 11.0
12 Mony Jacktone 2000 KEN 3w1 5b0 8w0 7b0 0w 1.0 10.0
13 Oketch Dismas 1950 KEN -1 6w0 4b0 9w0 15b 1.0 8.5
14 Miheso Bernard 1950 KEN 5w0 3b0 15b1 10w0 11b 1.0 7.5
15 Ambasi Militsa 1950 KEN 4b0 7b0 14w0 -1 13w 1.0 6.5

Ranking crosstable after Round 4

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts.  TB1 
1 Namaganda Christine 2000 UGA * 1 1 ½ 1 3.5 5.75
2 Amoko Ivy 2000 UGA 0 * 1 1 1 3.0 3.50
3 Asiema Isabelle 2000 KEN 0 * 1 0 1 2.0 2.00
4 Wabuti Rose 2000 KEN 0 0 * 1 1 2.0 1.50
5 Mutesi Phiona 2000 UGA ½ 0 1 0 * 1.5 3.75
6 Nsubuga Ritah N 2000 UGA 0 0 0 0 * 0.0 0.00