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James Panchol Retains Le Pelley Cup

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James Panchol employed his usual swashbuckling style to win the 3rd edition of the Peter Le Pelley Cup.

James Panchol in deep thought.
James Panchol in deep thought.

The event was the first FIDE rated event for the year and was held over the weekend of 13th & 14th January 2018 at Goan Gymkhana Club, Nairobi.

The event saw 24 players slug it out over 5 rounds of 90 minutes each to compete for a cash prize fund of KES 21,500 (USD 200).

The playing hall.
The playing hall.

James Panchol and Vasanth Ramesh tied with 4.5 points but James Panchol had a higher tie break to go home with the winner’s shield.  They both shared a cash prize of KES 14,000 (USD 140).

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

James Panchol has recently changed federations from Kenya to South Sudan.  We have enclosed one of his games from the event against Kenya’s top ranked player Peter Gilruth.

Meerabbas Afzali (left) presents James Panchol with the Winner's Shield.
Meerabbas Afzali (left) presents James Panchol with the Winner’s Shield.

Past winners of this small but iconic event include;

2016 – FM Steve Ouma

2017 – James Panchol

Participants from left. James Maina (Arbiter), Thiagarajan Srinivasan,Kiri Gilruth, Vasanth Ramesh, Paul Ochieng, Timothy Kinoti, Roberto Villuela, James Panchol, Meerabbas Afzali, Kim Bhari, Mohamed Omar Abdirisak, Wachira Wachania, Willy Simons, Daahir Bashir Yusuf, Peter Gilruth and Abid Miskin.
Participants from left. Moses Maina (Arbiter), Thiagarajan Srinivasan,Kiri Gilruth, Vasanth Ramesh, Paul Ochieng, Timothy Kinoti, Roberto Villuela, James Panchol, Meerabbas Afzali, Kim Bhari, Mohamed Omar Abdirisak, Wachira Wachania, Willy Simons, Daahir Bashir Yusuf, Peter Gilruth and Abid Miskin.

This annual event is held in honour of the long serving Chairman Peter Le Pelley who passed away in 2010.  See story on Inaugural Peter Le Pelley Cup.  More on the life of Mr Le Pelley can be found here –Peter Le Pelley Obituary Revised.

Final cross-table.
Final cross-table.