Many of you are aware that Mombasa Chess Club is getting ready to host one of the biggest chess events in the coastal town of Mombasa. The Mombasa International Open runs from 19th to 22nd April 2016 and the Africa Zone 4.2 Under 16 Youth Team Championship runs from 15th to 22nd April 2017.
However many of you will not know that long time patron and supporter Dr Philip Mwashe was recently crowned as “Qatar Red Crescent Chess Champion“. Dr Philip Mwashe who resides in Qatar has been kind enough to send us a small report plus some photographs of his recent exploits on the chess board.
The Qatar Red Crescent Sports Festival was held in the month of March 2017 as an initiative of the management of the organization to honor the Qatar Sports Day which is observed every year on the second Tuesday of February.
The tournament was sponsored by the Qatar Red Crescent and the players all came from the staff of the organization where all departments were represented.
Among the games that were played was chess which had a field of 32 players in total. The players were from various nationalities: India, Philippines, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Jordan and of course Kenya.
The format of the chess tournament was a 1 game knockout with 5 minutes blitz in case of a draw.
The games were played at the medical centers in Doha and brought in a wide contingent of staff from nurses, doctors, radiologists, pharmacists and admin staff.
The final game was between Dr. Philip Mwashe of Kenya who resides in Qatar and Mr. Emran Mansang Mantolino from the Philippines.
This was agreed to be played a best of 3 as it was the most crucial game. The winner of the final was to receive a check of 1,000 Qatar Riyals (about 28,000 Kenya Shillings) so the stakes were high.
After 2 hard fought games Dr. Philip emerged the winner with 2 wins out of 3.
He now holds the prestigious title of “Qatar Red Crescent Chess Champion“.