In round 2 Kenya was up against our brothers down south – Zambia. This round saw Zambia snatch a narrow win over Kenya with a score of 2.5 – 1.5.
CM Ben Magana managed to snatch a draw against the formidable IMAndrew Kayonde (aka ‘AK47‘). IMKayonde was a pawn ahead but CM Magana played well to force a draw.
Dr Ngani bagged his first win in his maiden appearance at the Olympiad with a fine win over Musatwe Simutowe.
Kenya v Costa Rica – Ladies
The Kenyan ladies found it tough against the Central American country of Costa Rica. WCM Joyce Nyaruai managed to salvage a draw.
Uganda v Somalia – Open
Uganda bounced back with an emphatic 4-0 win against our northern neighbour Somalia.
Uganda v Malawi – Ladies
The Ugandan ladies squeezed past through Malawi with a 2.5-1.5 victory.
The FIDE Presidential elections is generating a lot of heat. The Dvorkovich camp and Markopolous camp have set up respective stands in the Exhibition Hall.
The Ethics Commission meets on 28th September 2018 to discuss the complaint filed by the Marko side against AD. An insider told me that this commission will only review to see if the evidence is sufficient to warrant a full hearing. The full hearing will only happen after the election date which is set for 3rd October 2018.
The Dvorkovich camp has been giving out bags full of goodies. A chess set, clock, campaign brochure and other promotional items.
The Marko camp have an outstanding artist Temur Dadiani doing caricatures full time!
Most dramatic moment
The most dramatic moment in round 2 was really off the board and unexpected. Nilkesh Jain a journalist with Chessbase India proposed to his Colombian girlfriend WIMAngela Franco Vallencia just before the round started!