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Ben Magana & Joyce Nyaruai are Kenya National Chess Champions 2017

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CM Ben Magana came out of semi-retirement to win the Kenya National Chess Championship which came to an end today at the Kenya Comfort Hotels & Suites in Milimani, Nairobi.

CM Ben Magana in action
CM Ben Magana in action.

Magana remained undefeated to end up with 7 out of 8 points in this tough 4 day contest.  Jackson Kamau also ended up with 7 out of 8 points but placed second on tie break.  They both equally shared the first and second prize of KES 100,000 (USD 1,000) and KES 50,000 (USD 500) respectively.

In the Ladies section WCM Joyce Nyaruai emerged victorious with an impressive 7.5 points out of 8 points to go home with KES 30,000 (USD 300).

WCM Joyce Nyaruai
WCM Joyce Nyaruai

Sasha Mongeli was second with 6.5 points and and went home with a cash prize of KES 15,000 (USD 150).   In third place was 2015 Kenya Open Champion WCM Jane Wambugu with 6 points who went home with KES 7,500 (USD 75).

Mehul Gohil who was the 3rd highest ranked player and one of the clear favorite to win his second national title faced a bumpy start.

Mehul lost in round 2 to Brian Mmamta and then suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of upcoming youngster James Kabui. in round 4.  This was enough to cause the mercurial player to sensationally drop out of the event and blow his chances of making it into the Batumi Olympiad team.

The man who defeated Mehul Gohil in round 4 - James Kabui. James ended up in 12th position with a respectable 5.5 points out of 8.
The man who defeated Mehul Gohil in round 4 – James Kabui. James ended up in 12th position with a respectable 5.5 points out of 8.

James ended up in 12th position with a respectable 5.5 points out of 8. George ended up with 4 points.
George Nderitu aka “Iron Fist of Githurai” in action. George ended up with 4 points.

The charming Madelta Glenda!
The charming Madelta Glenda!

The playing hall on the 8th floor.
The playing hall on the 8th floor.

The top 24 players in the Open section and 11 players in the Ladies will now proceed to the stage 2 of the Olympiad Qualifiers which is set for January 2018.

Top 24 players who will now proceed to the 2nd phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers.
Top 24 players who will now proceed to the 2nd phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers.
The top 11 players in the Ladies section will proceed to the final stage of the Olympiad Qualifiers.
The top 11 players in the Ladies section will proceed to the final stage of the Olympiad Qualifiers.

Full results can be found here – Kenya National Championship 2017 on chess-results.

For more fine photos visit Arongoey Photography –Day 1 and Day 2.