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Jackson Kamau wins 2018 Nairobi Open

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Jackson Kamau did Kenya proud when he emerged tops at the 2018 Nairobi Open Chess Championship.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

Jackson Kamau topped the table with a total of 6 points jointly with top seed IM Elijah Emojong and FM Haruna Nsubuga both of Uganda.  He was declared winner on tie break.  All 3 players equally shared a total of KES 55,000 (USD 550).

Jackson Kamau gets the winner's shield.
Jackson Kamau gets the winner’s shield.

The 3rd edition of this event was organised by Nairobi Chess Academy & Club (Nairobi Chess Academy) at the Makini School, Nairobi.  A total of 110 players took part in the event with 50 in the Open, 42 in the Junior section and 20 in the U10 section.

Photo from the event.
Photo from the event.

The biggest upset of the event was when Ricky Sang (1966) defeated top ranked IM Elijah Emojong (2296) of Uganda.

Past winners of this event include;

2017 – event not held

2016 – Mehul Gohil

2015 – Githinji Hinga

2016 Nairobi Open Winner Mehul Gohil who finished in 16th position with 4 points.
2016 Nairobi Open Winner Mehul Gohil who finished in 16th position with 4 points.

Brian Wangombe of Alliance High won the Junior section with 6 points.  Ray Gabriel of Makini School was the winner in the U10 section with 5 points.

Extra of the final standing in the Open section.
Extra of the final standing in the Open section.