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Kenya National Chess Championship – Day 3

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Kenya National Chess Championship – Day 3

The Kenya National Chess Championship continues to provide high drama on day 3.

Thomas Friedman is the world renown author of the book ‘Hot, Flat & Crowded’ which would aptly describe the event!

Hot, Flat & Crowded.
Hot, Flat & Crowded.

The match of the day had to be between the top two contenders for this year’s title.  Matthew Kanegeni who won the title in 2003 faced 2016 Kenya Open Winner Ben Nguku.

Matthew Kanegeni came out with guns blazing and sacrificed a Bishop to build up an attack.  Ben Nguku succumbed under the pressure before losing on time. Game shown below.

Joseph Maigua played well to hold Githinji Hinga to a draw.  Game shown below.

Dr. Victor Ng’ani in round 6 held top contender Matthew Kanegeni to well-fought draw. Game shown below.

Githinji Hinga was in scintillating form later when he then managed to squeeze past Joseph Methu in a game that lasted 90 moves!  Game shown below.

Collins Young may have written himself into chess history!  He played his Knight from  c1 to a2 four successive times in his game against Ben Nguku.  Game shown below.

CM Ben Magana the defending champion dropped a vital half point against Tom Amwai in their encounter in round 5.  CM Ben Magana then dispatched upcoming youngster Jame Kabui in round 6 which meant that he had a total of 4.5 points out of 6 games.

Tom Amawi (left) plays defending Champion CM Ben Magana in a game that ended in a draw. Kenya National Chess Championship - Day 3.Photo credit Moses Andiwoh.
Tom Amawi (left) plays defending Champion CM Ben Magana in a game that ended in a draw. Kenya National Chess Championship – Day 3. Photo credit Moses Andiwoh.

Matthew Kanegeni was perched at the top at the end of round 6 with 5.5 points.

Ranking after round 6 in the Open section.
Ranking after round 6 in the Open section.

Ladies Section

Gloria Jumba in the Ladies section remains at the top with a clean 6 points out of 6 games.

WFM Sasha Mongeli who is on of Kenya’s top players seems to have lost steam.  She has 3 points and lying a distant 20th.

Standings after round 6 in the Ladies Section.
Standings after round 6 in the Ladies Section.

Ben Nguku v Matthew Kanegeni

Matthew Kanegeni v Dr. Victor Ng’ani

Joseph Methu v Githinji Hinga

Collins Young v Ben Nguku