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Excel Global Youth Open Chess Championship 2017


The inaugural Excel Global Youth Open Chess Championships 2017 took place on Saturday 13th May 2017.

The event attracted 58 players in various age categories and there were some thrilling and exciting games.

Top seed FM Ritvik Pendyala found the going tough against younger opponents.  He lost to Sunil Subramaniam in round two and Anish Sukumar in round three.  Reeyan Gosrani also beat Sumit Deshpande (who was seeded second) in round four keeping the battle for the top honours wide open.

FM Ritvik Pendyala in action.

The event was played over 6 rounds with a time control of 25 minutes per player using the Swiss System of pairing.

A contestant Vyom Shah with his mascot!

Here are the full results:
Boys U7
1. Ethan Mwakio
2. Jeremiah Kagambi
Girls U9
1. Devashri Shah
2. Janvi Nipul Shah
3. Hope Wambui
Boys U9
1. Hetansh Shah
2. Azaan Din
3. Yash Ritesh Shah
Girls U11
1. Suhana Patel
2. Krisha Prakash Maru
3. Janki Shah
Boys U11
1. Sanjay Ramesh
2. Drish Rakesh Shah
3. Shared Narredy
Girls U13
1. Sharon Nyambura
Boys U13
1. Reeyan Gosrani
2. Vaibhav Naresh
3. Viraj Shah
Girls U15
1. Naiya Gosrani
2. Jahnavi Shah
Boys U15
1. Navneeth Nareddy
2. Harshith Rao
3. Vishnu Dhanda
Girls U21
1. Celina Patel
2. Fathima Mohamed
Boys U21
1. Sumit Satish Deshpande
2. Sunil Subramaniam
3. Anish Sukumar

Young minds at work.

Oshwal Academy Nairobi Primary won the best School team trophy.  The event was organised by Waridi Chess Ventures in partnership with Excel Global College Nairobi. 

A section of the playing hall.

Mr Karan Gupta, the CEO of Excel Global College was the Chief Guest during the prize giving ceremony.

Report by Tournament Director Lawrence Kagambi