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Report on Round 6 – Batumi Olympiad

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Round 6 – Kenya v Columbia – Open Section

Round 6 saw Kenya paired against Columbia after 3 consecutive wins.   The match was set on board 33 in Hall 1 that had the top teams in the world.  Exciting moments for Kenyan chess.

Pairing & results of round 6.
Pairing & results of round 6.

The final results was a 4-0 loss for Kenya.  However there was great excitement within the Kenyan team and fans back home.  CM Ben Magana had GM Felipe Alcaraz on the ropes in the middle game.  This was so close yet so far.  CM Ben Magana made a few incorrect moves that allowed GM Felipe Alcaraz pull off a win.

Team Kenya for round 6. Standing from left Ricky Sang & Team Coach FM Steve Ouma. Sitting from left Joseph Mehtu, Philip Singe & CM Ben Magana.
Team Kenya for round 6. Standing from left Ricky Sang & Team Coach FM Steve Ouma. Sitting from left Joseph Mehtu, Philip Singe & CM Ben Magana.

CM Ben Magana’s amazing performance had Kenya’s most active Whatsapp group buzzing with excitement.  See sample of some of the comments!

Chatter on Whatsapp.
Chatter on Whatsapp.

Ricky Sang on board 4 to Jose Gabriel Cardoso who showed amazing ability for a 13 year old.

Poster.
Poster.

Terrian Chess Academy had organised an event with live transmission & commentary of this particular round.

The venue was Originelle Restaurant in down town Nairobi together with a Blitz event.

The winner of the Blitz event was LGM Brian Kidula who was the host.

 

Round 6 – Kenya v Madagascar – Ladies Section

Round 6 pairing and results for the Ladies.
Round 6 pairing and results for the Ladies.

The Ladies Team fought well against Madagascar but lost marginally 2.5 to 1.5 points.

Chess Art Expo

The Exhibition Hall hosted an art expo by Neiko Neidze.Some of the art pieces Neiko Neidze.

Some of the art pieces Neiko Neidze.

Ruth Eshetu Leykun from Ethiopia poses in front of some of the art works.
Ruth Eshetu Leykun from Ethiopia poses in front of some of the art works.

Interview with the Polgar sisters.

The other big item today was the interview of all the 3 Polgar sisters.  The interview centered on how motherhood affects lady chess players and was hosted by WGM Nino Maisuradze.

From left WGM Nino Maisuradze, Zsuzsa Polgar, Susan Polgar, Judith Polgar & Nana Alexandria.
From left WGM Nino Maisuradze, Zsuzsa Polgar, Susan Polgar, Judith Polgar & Nana Alexandria.

History of Georgian Chess Book.

Another item for the day was the presentation on the history of Georgian chess books.  The lecture by delivered by the two-time World Champion in Chess Composition David Gurgenidze.

WGM Nino Maisuradze & David Gurgenidze at the lecture.
WGM Nino Maisuradze & David Gurgenidze at the lecture.

More photos from round 6 can be found here – Round 6 photos.

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