The annual Bush (Alliance High) Open Chess Tournament was held over the weekend of 4th & 5th January 2017 at the host school Alliance High School. This year’s edition saw an increased number of participants totaling 87 players, 44 in the Open Section and 43 in the Ladies Section.
This was the first time the Ladies were playing in the Bush Open as previously the men only fielded teams in chess. This was indeed a very welcome gesture to the noble game of chess.
The venue that was used was the Carey Francis Memorial Lecture Theatre. To read more on the famous Carey Francis check out – Carey Francis.
A total of 8 schools participated in the 5 round Swiss system of pairing tournament. These schools were: Nairobi School, Alliance Girls High School, Starehe Boys Centre & School, Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA), Precious Blood Girls – Riruta, Makini Group of Schools, Buruburu Girls High School and the hosts, Alliance High School.
After the 5 rounds of play, Timothy Mwabu in the Open Section & Madelta Glenda in the Ladies Section emerged winners unbeaten from Alliance High School and Alliance Girls High School Respectively. In second position, in the Open Section six players finished joint second while in the Ladies Section, five players finished joint second.
Below are the Top Players in the respective Sections:
- Timothy Mwabu Alliance High School 5pnts
- Brian Wang’ombe Alliance High School 4pnts
- Jeremiah Nyaberi Alliance High School 4pnts
- Elvis Likoko Alliance High School 4pnts
- Moses Joshua Alliance High School 4pnts
- Charles Otieno Nairobi School 4pnts
- Shadrack Muthoka Starehe Boys Centre 4pnts
- Madelta Glenda Alliance Girls High School 5pnts
- Edna Wangare Alliance Girls High School 4pnts
- Lydiah Kinya Alliance Girls High School 4pnts
- Stacy Nyambura Alliance Girls High School 4pnts
- Elsa Majimbo Makini Group of Schools 4pnts
- Paula Jones Alliance Girls High School 4pnts
The players also used this event as good practice grounds as they prepare to play in the forthcoming 2017 Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Championships (KNYCCC) Nairobi Region Qualifiers to be held on Saturday February 11th from 8am-6.30pm in Alliance High School, organised by Chess Kenya. The Regional Qualifiers event will be used to ultimately select the 2017 National Junior team in various age categories to represent Kenya in regional and international events of 2017.
Story done by Duke Micheka.
Peter Duke Michieka King’oina is a licensed FIDE Arbiter (FA) and also a National Instructor (NA). Chess is life to Duke and you are likely to find him at most chess events within Kenya helping out and always ready to give a helping hand, from arbitration, to organization, to basic training.