We have for the first time published article done by CM Ben Magana who is one of Kenya’s most illustrious chess sons. His story is done in 2 parts.
The story according to Ben Magana;
I was unable to make it to Bungoma in time for the Prestige section that had all the big dogs of East Africa, due to unavoidable logistical issues. On Friday night, I boarded a shuttle that whizzed through the Rift Valley darkness, to deliver me to Bungoma at 6am Saturday, 3 hours before the start of Bungoma Championships – Open section. I booked into the quaint Elegant Hotel, which was also the playing venue. I am told that Elegant is an important hotel in Bungoma, having political connections. The bigshot politicians of Kenya often spend the night there when in town.
|Ben Magana in red jacket during the 2012 Olympiad Selection at Spice Roots 24th June 2012|
Eventually, I won the Open section on tie-break ahead of my fellow CM, Bob Bibasa from Uganda. We each scored 5.5/6, and our mutual game was a cagey affair in which Bob showed excellent piece placement and defensive qualities
|Bob Bibasa of Uganda has many friends in Kenya. In action Migingo Cup 12th February 2012, Goan Gymkhana|
My last game was against the rapidly-improving Dr Jacob Onditi, who until this point in the event had a perfect 5/5!! He was half a point ahead of Bob and I going into the last round. According to his open secret, he has been studying my lines in an effort to eventually beat me in a game. After a lot of thought, I decided to play the Traxler Gambit (the wildest opening I know) in an effort to confuse him. A very unwise choice by me, because the experiment almost backfired on me!” – End.
|Dr Jacob Onditi in action during the 3rd Capablanca Cup at Braeburn School, 16th February 2013.|