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James Panchol wins Capablanca Cup

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James Panchol was in sparkling form last weekend when he comfortably won the Open section of the 8th Capablanca Cup with a clean 5/5 points.

James Panchol (right) receives his prize from Nairobi Chess Club Treasurer Roberto Villuela.
James Panchol (right) receives his prize from Nairobi Chess Club Treasurer Roberto Villuela.

There was a 3 way tie for 2nd place with Niels Lauritsen of Denmark, Mike Akabo of Uganda and Mehul Gohil of Kenya each with 3.5 points.  Niels Lauritsen was placed second on tie break.

In the game below James Panchol gets a lucky break when Mehul Gohil seems to lose his confidence after building up a fantastic position.

3 times Uganda Champion Niel Lauritsen from Denmark in action. Niels was a long time resident in Uganda in the late nineties.
3 times Uganda Champion Niel Lauritsen from Denmark in action. Niels was a long time resident in Uganda in the late nineties.

The Open section attracted a total of 18 players from 5 federations including Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Denmark and Kenya.

The U1800 section had 30 players.

View of the playing hall.
View of the playing hall.
Christine Namaganda of Uganda in action.
Christine Namaganda of Uganda in action.

Roberto Villuela, Willy Simons, Samuel Were, Collins Young, Hillary Sagwa and Morrel Omondi tied for 1st place with 4 points each in the U1800 section.   Roberto Villuela and Willy Simons were placed 1st and 2nd respectively on tie break .

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

Dr Mujahid Din was the main sponsor (KES 20,000) of this event in honour of his late father Mohamed Younis Din who was a chess enthusiast in his days.  See story on 7th Capablanca Cup sponsor’s story and other details.

Roberto Villuela who is the Nairobi Chess Club’s Treasurer was the secondary sponsor with KES 5,000.

A key member of Anchor Chess Club Brian Kariuki in action.
A key member of Anchor Chess Club Brian Kariuki in action.

Past winners of this prestigious event have included;

1st winner was Humphrey Andolo – Kenya (1997)

2nd winner Jaswinder Singh – India (1999)

3rd winner IM Elijah Emojong – Uganda (2013)

4th winner Jackson Kamau – Kenya (2014)

5th winner Peter Gilruth – Kenya (2015)

6th  winner CM Haruna Nsubuga – Uganda (2016)

7th winner Joseph Methu – Kenya (2017)

James Gwada in action.
James Gwada in action.
Prize winners and players pose for a group photo.
Prize winners and players pose for a group photo.
Full ranking crosstable of the Open section.
Full ranking crosstable of the Open section.
Partial ranking crosstable of the U1800 section.
Partial ranking crosstable of the U1800 section.