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Report on Round 1- Batumi Olympiad

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Kenya received it’s first baptism of fire during Round 1 in the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.

They faced highly rated Montenegro a team that was ranked 48 compared to Kenya’s 137.

Round 1 draw for Kenya.
Round 1 draw for Kenya.

With a gap of over 400 Elo points between the players it was mission impossible from the word go.

CM Ben Magana on Board 1 for Kenya.
CM Ben Magana on Board 1 for Kenya.

In the end both Victor Ngani and Philip Singe put up a good fight before defeat.

The Ladies team also had a tough round 1 match against Estonia who were seed number 41.  Kenya was seeded as 115.

Round 1 draw for Kenya.
Round 1 draw for Kenya.

The result was 4-0 in favour of Estonia – the land of the legendary Paul Keres!

From left WCM Joyce Nyaruai, Gwen Jumba, Daphne Mwikali & Head of Delegation John Mukabi.
From left WCM Joyce Nyaruai, Gwen Jumba, Daphne Mwikali & Head of Delegation John Mukabi.

An interesting fact about Estonia.  Did you know that the Consul in the Consulate of the Republic of Estonia to Kenya is a keen chess player?

Kadri Humal Ayal - Consul of the Consulate of Estonia to Kenya.
Kadri Humal Ayal – Consul of the Consulate of Estonia to Kenya.

Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital ID available to anyone in the world.

A number of Estonia technology companies have been exploring business opportunities in Kenya.

Uganda face Russia

If you thought Kenya had it rough in their first round then consider Uganda.  They faced the formidable Russian Team on board 2.

Round 1 draw for Uganda.
Round 1 draw for Uganda.

The Russians won without too much effort.

GM Sergey Karajkin shakes hands with IM Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda before the start of the round. Photo credit - Amruta Mokal ofChessbase India.
GM Sergey Karajkin shakes hands with IM Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda before the start of the round. Photo credit – Amruta Mokal of Chessbase India.
FM Patick Kawuma of Uganda in action. He faced GM Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia
FM Patick Kawuma of Uganda in action. He faced GM Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.

The Ladies managed to snatch half a point from the Canadians with the help of young Gloria Nansubuga.

Draw for the Ugandan Ladies.
Draw for the Ugandan Ladies.
View of the playing hall.
View of the playing hall.

Zambia v Ukraine

There was other big news for Africa as well.  IM Andrew Kayonde (aka ‘AK47) of Zambia played a spectacular game today.  He held held GM Vassily Ivanchuk (aka ‘Chucky‘) to a draw!

Doing Africa proud - IM Andrew Kayonde of Zambia holding the well loved GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine to a draw.
Doing Africa proud – IM Andrew Kayonde of Zambia holding the well loved GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine to a draw.


More photos can be found here – 2018 Batumi Olympiad Day 1 photos by Kim Bhari.  Photos can be used for publication as long as the name of the photographer is mentioned.