Patrick Kawuma from Uganda did that in great style in winning the 55th Nairobi Chess Club Championship which was held last weekend. Patrick won the event undefeated with 5.5 points out of six rounds. He beat Amit Dodhia, George Ochieng, George Nderitu, Brian Taboso, fellow compatriot Harold Wanyama. In the last and final round he drew against Ricky Sang. His victory earned him a respectably KES 20,000 (USD 220) in an event that was sponsored by ARM Engineering amongst other supporters. The total prize fund was KES 67,500 (USD 700).
The event attracted 64 players and included several big stars. These included the current Kenya National Champion Ben Magana, veteran Olympian player John Magana, Ken Omolo, and SOYA Award winner Sharanya Iyengar. This event had Adia Onyango who resides in the USA and who won the Ladies category to pocket KES 5,000. Two Ugandans Harold Wanyama and Bob Bibasa who have represented Uganda at various international events were also present.
Behind Patrick were Harold Wanyama, Mowlid Daud, Ricky Sang & Ken Omolo who each won KES 7,400 to take position 2 to 5.
Adia Onyango won the ladies with SOYA Award winner Sharanya Iyengar taking 2nd slot. Sanjana Deshpande took the 3rd place in the Ladies category.
A total of 16 trophies were up for grabs in this prestigious event.