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CM Ben Magana crowned Mombasa Open Champion

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Mombasa Open

CM Ben Magana was last week crowned the 2018 Mombasa Open Chess Champion.

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

The Mombasa Open Chess Championship was held on 19th – 21st October at Midview Hotel, Nyali.  A total of 67 players took part in the Open Section.

The time control was 90 minutes + 30 seconds  per move.  The event had 6 rounds with an impressive KES 100,000 (USD 1,000) prize fund.

IM Elijah Emojong the defending champion from Uganda got off to a fine start by winning his first 4 rounds.  However draws against fellow countryman FM Haruna Nsubua and CM Ben Magana dashed his hopes of winning the event.

CM Ben Magana (left) receives the prize from Paul Ombui of Mombasa Chess Club. Photo credit Tony Kimani.
CM Ben Magana (left) receives the prize from Paul Ombui of Mombasa Chess Club. Photo credit Tony Kimani.

CM Ben Magana scored 5.5 points out of 6 points to collect a cash prize of KES 30,000 (USD 300).

The CM Magana verses IM Emojong game was probably the most exciting game of the event.

This was the the first time a Kenyan has won the event since 2012.

CM Ben Magana in action. Photo credit Tony Kimani
CM Ben Magana in action. Photo credit Tony Kimani
Ranking crosstable of the top 28 players.
Ranking crosstable of the top 28 players.

Past winners

2017 – IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda).

2016 – IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda).

2015 – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Uganda).

2014 – Mathias Ssonko (Uganda).

2013 – FM Haruna Nsubuga (Uganda).

2012 – LGM Brian Kidula (Kenya).

2011 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda).

2010 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda).

Prize winners in the Open Section

OPEN SECTION

  1. CM Ben Magana – KCB (5.5 points) KES 30,000.
  2. IM Elijah Emojong – (5 points) KES 13,000.
  3. Philip Singe – KCB (5 points)  KES 13,000.
  4. FM Haruna Nsubuga – KCB (5 points) KES 13,000.
  5. James Luala – Equity (5 points) KES 13,000.
  6. Joseph Methu– KCB (4.5 points) KES1,250.
  7. Martin Njoroge – KCB (4.5 points) KES 1,250.
  8. Jackson Kamau – KCB (4.5 points) KES 1,250.
  9. Karan Christie – Daystar (4.5 points) KES 1,250.

BEST MOMBASA BASED PLAYER.

Andrew Mumia – Mombasa Chess Club (4 points).

BEST LADY

  1. Jumba Gloria – KCB (3.5 points) KES 5,000.
  2. Lucy Wanjiru – UoN (3.5 points) KES 5,000.

BEST UNIVERSITY TEAM.

University of Nairobi – 11.5 points.

BEST CHESS CLUB.

KCB Chess Club – 21 points.

BEST UNIVERSITY PLAYER.

Karan Christie – Daystar University (4.5 points).

The story on the 2017 Mombasa Open can be found here – IM Emojong wins 2017 Mombasa Open.

Mombasa Open – Junior Section

The Junior Section was run in 3 sections with a total of 50 players.

The U18 Section had 10 players and the U12 Section had 32 players.  The U8 Section had 12 players.

Prize winners in the Junior Section

UNDER 8 BOYS.

  1. Cyprian Mbaabu – Kahawa Baptist Academy (6 points).
  2. Ethan Maina – Mombasa Chess Academy (5 points).
  3. Ruhan Dhruv Paresh Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy (4 points).

UNDER 8 GIRLS.

  1. Elliana Maina – Mombasa Chess Academy (3 points).
  2. Yvonne Adego Mwashe – Oshwal Academy (3 points).
  3. Tiana Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy (1.5 points).

UNDER 10 BOYS.

  1. Shah Drish Rakesh – Tritonites Stars (5 points).
  2. Gabriel Ray – Makini School (4.5 points).
  3. Shubh Jaideep Shah – Mombasa Chess Club (4.5 points).

UNDER 10 GIRLS.

  1. Patel Pratik Suhana – Tritonites Stars (4.5 points).
  2. Cassie Wanjiku – Makini School (4 points).
  3. Elaine Moturi – Makini School (4 points).

UNDER 12 BOYS.

  1. Reuben Githaiga – Makini School (5 points).
  2. Howard John – Makini School (5 points).
  3. Moses Bejon – Kivukoni (3 points).

UNDER 12 GIRLS.

  1. Shah Rheya – Mombasa Chess Academy (3 points).
  2. Lailah Makena – Makini School (2 points).
  3. Lovita Ndanu Muia – Mombasa Chess Academy (1.5 points).

UNDER 14 BOYS.

  1. Shayne Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy (4 points).
  2. Lakhani Nivyan – Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa (3.5 points).
  3. Shah Viraj Bhaveshu – Peponi School (3 points).

UNDER 18 BOYS.

  1. Naim Abdulhakim Salim – Mombasa Chess Academy (6 points).
  2. Harunany Noor Mohammed – Mombasa Chess Club (4 points).
  3. Doshi Rahul – Mombasa Chess Academy (3.5 points).

UNDER 18 GIRLS.

Holiness Kerandi – Makini School (2 points).

Sponsors.

The major sponsor of this event included Chess Kenya (KES 50,000) & Spaceman Solutions Ltd (trophies).  Others included Sonal & Shubh Shah who sponsored the score sheets and biros.