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Kenya National Championship 2018

Details of the long awaited Kenya National Championship were released some 3 weeks ago.  It is beyond doubt that this event will certainly be billed as the ‘mother of all Kenyan tournaments’.

Boasting a prize fun of KES 400,000 (USD 4,000) this event will stand above all Kenyan and regional tournaments.  The winner goes home with  a cool KES 100,000 (USD 1,000).

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.
Past 4 winners.
Past 4 winners.

The hot favourites are defending champion CM Ben Magana in the Men’s section & WFM Joyce Nyaruai in the Ladies section.   Other top players in the event will include Githinji Hinga, Akello Atwoli and Mehul Gohil.

The event will furthermore also act as the first stage of the selection process for the 2019 All Africa Games which are scheduled to be held in Morocco.

The top junior players will represent Kenya in the Africa Junior Chess Championship in Kampala, Uganda in December 2018.  See story 2018 AJCC.

The story on the 2017 edition can be found here – 2017 Kenya National Chess Championship.

Past Winners

Below is a comprehensive list of past winners of this prestigious event.  The list has been prepared by John Mukabi.

YEAR WINNERS
  MEN WOMEN
1990 Lawrence Wanjohi  Kagambi Anastasiah Mailu
1991 NO EVENT NO EVENT
1992 NO EVENT NO EVENT
1993 Humphrey Andolo ?
1994 Lothar Nicolaiczuk (GER) ?
1995 Humphrey Andolo ?
1996 Philip Nicholas Odhiambo ?
1997 Humphrey Andolo ?
1998 Humphrey Andolo ?
1999 Humphrey Andolo ?
2000 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2001 Kenneth Ajode Omolo ?
2002 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2003 Matthew Kamau  Kanegeni ?
2004 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2005 Nathan Mukaka  Ateka Devisalini Sivaraj
2006 Benjamin Omondi Magana now CM Jane Wambugu now WCM
2007 Peter Gilruth Janet Rosana
2008 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2009 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2010 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2011 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2012 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2013 CM Benjamin Omondi Magana WFM Riya Shah
2014 Mehul Gohil WFM Sanjana Deshpande
2015 Kenneth Ajode Omolo WFM Riya Shah
2016 NO EVENT NO EVENT
2017 CM Benjamin Omondi Magana WFM Joyce Nyaruai Ndirangu

Other details for the event

Date : 12-16 December 2018
Venue : Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi
Format : 9 Rounds Swiss System 
Time Control : 90mins +30sec increment from move one
Eligibility : Kenyan Citizens who are Chess Kenya Members

Registration : CK Membership KES1,200

Entry fees :  Open KES 1,500 & Ladies /Juniors KES 1,000

Payments: Mpesa to Rodah Olisa 0725680043

Prizes KES

Open Section
1. 100,000
2. 50,000
3. 25,000
4. 20,000
5. 15,000
6. 12,000
7. 10,000
8. 5,000
9. 5,000
10. 5,000

Total KES 247,000

Ladies Section
1. 50,000
2. 25,000
3. 15,000
4. 10,000
5. 7,000
6. 6,000
7. 5,000
8. 5,000
9. 5,000
10. 5,000

Total KES 133,000

Top Junior Boy KES 5,000
Top Junior Girl KES 5000
Best Under 1600 KES 5000
Best Under 1400 KES 5000

Total prize fund KES 400,000

Team selection for All Africa Games (AAG) and African Junior Chess Championship (AJCC)

The Top Juniors (Boy & Girl) U20 (born on or after 1st January 1998) will represent Kenya at the upcoming African Junior Chess Championship (AJCC).  This even is scheduled to be held in Entebbe, Uganda from 28th December to 6th January 2019.

This National Championship will further more also act as the First Phase for All Africa Games (AAG) 2019 to be held in Morocco in October 2019.

The National Champion, The Top Two Active Citizens on FIDE Rating List FRL (December 2018) who have played at least three rated tournaments in 2018 and the Top Junior Under 20 on National Championship Final Ranking will be seeded directly into the Final Phase.  The 4 players mentioned above will be called Group A.

The Second phase will have the top 20 players on merit (excluding Group A players mentioned above).  The top 7 players from this phase will move into the Final stage.  These 7 players will constitute Group B.

The Final stage will have 11 players (4 from Group A and 7 from Group B).   These 11 players will play a Single Round Robin to select the five player team for AAG 2019.  The same selection process will be used for the Ladies team as well.