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Peter Gilruth wins the 58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

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Peter Gilruth wins the 58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

Peter Gilruth last weekend won the 58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship in fine style with a clean 6/6.  The event was held at the Braeburn School, Gitanga Road, Nairobi and who were one of the sponsors of the event.

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Poster of the event.

The annual Nairobi Chess Club Championship is one of Kenya’s most iconic and prestigious events.  The event attracted a total of about 100 players which included a strong team from Uganda led by Haruna Nsubuga and Mathias Ssonko.

Peter Gilruth who is rated 2163 is Kenya's highest ranked player.
Peter Gilruth who is rated 2163 is Kenya’s highest ranked player.

Peter Gilruth (2163) who won this event in 2012 was in fine form when he demolished two of the  strongest Ugandans in the event Haruna Nsubuga (2112) and Mathias Ssonko (2113) on his way to victory.

Haruna Nsubuga v Peter Gilruth

Mathias Ssonko of Uganda who is rated 2113.
Mathias Ssonko of Uganda who is rated 2113.
Peter Gilruth v Mathias Ssonko

Junior Section

The Junior section attracted a total of 14 players and included one from Tanzania and one from the England.

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Ashwina Haria-Skuse who was visiting from the UK. Ashwina ended up in 3rd position in the Junior Category with 3/5 points.

Sponsors

The event was sponsored by Braeburn School, Mrs Anju Paunrana, Mr Aslam Adam of the UK, Peter Gilruth, Mushfig Habilov and Vasanth Ramesh.

The total sponsorship raised was slightly over KES 70,000 (USD 700) and the top cash prize was KES 20,000 (USD 200).

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Part of the ever exhuberant Ugandan team who bring so much passion to Kenyan events. Angolikin Goretti (sitting) and Solomon Lubega.

Other stars

Mehul Gohil, Joseph MethuRicky Sang and Riya Shah also took part in the event as part of their final bit of training before they leave for the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

Ricky Sang in action. He will be making his maiden appearance at the 2016 Baku Olympiad.
Ricky Sang in action. He will be making his maiden appearance at the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

Ricky Sang and Joseph Methu were both pleased with their respectable 5/6 points to end up in joint 3rd position.

WFM Riya Shah who is the current Kenya National Champion had a respectable 4/6 points to end up in 26th position.

Mehul Gohil obtained 4/6 points and ended up in a disappointing 24th position.

Looking for good moves - Mehul Gohil in action.
Looking for good moves – Mehul Gohil in action.
This year’s attendance was lower than last years numbers due to the large contingent of Kenyan players who travelled to South Africa for the 2016 Africa Youth Chess Championship.  Last year’s edition attracted over 140 players.
Mehul Gohil v Geoffrey Mulaga

The ever happy Sanjay Ramesh ended up with 3/6 which is a great result for such a young player.
The ever happy Sanjay Ramesh ended up with 3/6 which is a great result for such a young player.

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Extract of the final standing
Extract of the final standing

Links

58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship on chess-results.

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