This article is about an event that was held in January 2017 but somehow got missed out in our website.
Nairobi Chess Club won the Strathmore University Teams Rapid Chess Challenge in grand style.
Strathmore University was the venue for this event that ran from 28th to 29th January 2017. The Open Section attracted a total of 12 teams.
Nairobi Chess Club obliterated their opposition to finish with 18 match points and 32 game points. Kenya Commercial Bank were their their closest rival with 14 match points and 27.5 game points. Equity Bank were placed third with 14 match points and 26.5 game points.
KCB’s experienced Olympians and Equity Bank’s Ugandan import IM Elijah Emojong were unable to dent the more disciplined NCC side of Mehul Gohil, Peter Gilruth, James Panchol, and Willy Simons. All four main players of Nairobi Chess Club made their domination and strength clear by also winning individual prizes on Boards 1 through 4.
Gold medals for board prizes in the Open section were awarded to: IM Elijah Emojong – Equity Bank Team 1 (Board 1); Peter Gilruth – Nairobi Chess Club (Board 2); James Panchol – Nairobi Chess Club (Board 3) and Peter Diing – Equity Bank Team 1 (Board 4)
Tritonite Stars were the winners in the Under 18 section which had a total of 14 teams.
Elimu House Avengers were the winners in the U 12 Section which had a total of 24 teams.
Nairobi Chess Club’s youth team baptised “Karjakin Kids” ended up in 16th positions with 9 points.
Full details can be found on Strathmore University Team Rapids.