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Hindu Council of Kenya Chess Tournament

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The Hindu Council of Kenya Chess Tournament held on 26th June 2016 at Hindu Bhavan on Kusi Lane, Parklands was a resounding success with almost 100 players taking part.

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Poster of the event

Mehul Gohil who was the highest rated player took the top prize to add a 3rd trophy to his collection for 2016 when he scored a perfect 5/5.

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The winner Mehul Gohil (left) receives his prize from Kumar Sheth who is the Director of Youth & Sports at Hindu Council of Kenya. Photo credit Paras Gudka (www.pgonchess.com).

This event was organised by the newly formed Youth and Sports wing of Hindu Council of Kenya’s  under the directorship of Kumar Sheth and Ravi Shah with technical and logistical support from Motochess Ventures.

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This hugely popular event attracted players from all communities under the true FIDE motto “Gens una sumus” which loosely translated means “we are one family”.

The five-round rapid tournament was played in four sections: Open, Under 10, Under 14 and Under 18.

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Sanjay Ramesh carefully ponders his move.

It was interesting to note that this event attracted a number of sponsors who included Mystique Gardens (gift vouchers), Chandaria Industries (gift hampers), South Lemon (gift hampers), Savani’s Book Centre (gift vouchers), Kenafric Industries (sweets for all participants), Motochess Ventures (gift vouchers) and Kavit Shah (envelopes for certificates of participation).  This is a welcome development for Kenyan chess.

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Top rated player Mehul Gohil in action.

The high level of organisation was boosted by a low entry fee of KES 300 and provision of refreshments and sweets to all participants.

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Writer Alnoor Amlani in blue jacket.

It was great to see so much chess activity at a new venue in Nairobi which is very easily accessible for players.  We do hope to see more chess tournaments being organised by the Hindu Council of Kenya in the near future as they have the network and facilities available.

The Hindu Council of Kenya had many years ago organised a chess tournament  at the Oshwal Sports Complex and which was won by Humphrey Andolo & Joseph Kanyingi.

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Photo from 9th May 1993 Hindu Council Open. Alan Murungi is the person in the front, Sri-Dharan on the right getting down to sit, Francis Ngesa can be seen playing Reema Shah with Juma Arogo behind her. On the extreme left many kids one might be Mehul Gohil?
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Extract of the standing for the 2016 Hindu Council of Kenya Open section.