On a cold Sunday morning Ogata Rongai Chess Club organised it’s maiden chess event.
The 7 round speed chess event saw swashbuckling James Madol cruise to a clear victory with 11 points out of a maximum of 12 points with 5 wins and 1 draw.
Hot favourites Mehul Gohil and Githinji Hinga failed to impress with their 6th and 8th position respectively.
Due to the low number of entries the cash prizes were adjusted downwards with the winner James Panchol taking home KES 7,000 out of the total cash prize of KES 10,500.
The efforts by Ongata Rongai Chess Club are commendable in trying to promote the game in an area that has never seen a chess tournament.
The club meets every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 3pm onwards.
Ongata Rongai Chess Club are now making arrangements to formalise their organisational structure. This will go a long way to popularise the game in one of Nairobi’s fastest growing suburbs.