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Peter Gilruth retains Jamhuri Cup

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Peter Gilruth retains Jamhuri Cup

Peter Gilruth retained the Jamhuri Cup when he cruised to a comfortable 4 points out of 4 games.  The event held at the historic Goan Gymkhana Club saw 16 players battle it out over 4 rounds.

Vasanth Ramesh (left) taking on eventual winner Peter Gilruth.
Vasanth Ramesh (left) taking on eventual winner Peter Gilruth.

The event which ran over two days (8th & 9th December 2018) was limited to only 16 players and had a modest prize fund of KES 15,000 (USD 150).  Peter Gilruth went home with KES 7,000 (USD 70).

16 year old Sumit Deshpande in action while Meerabbas Afzali watches.
16 year old Sumit Deshpande in action while Meerabbas Afzali watches.

The event was held a few days before the Kenya National Championship. This event appealed mainly to those who did not wish to play in the Kenya National Championship which ran for 5 days.

Peter Gilruth receives his trophy from Nairobi Chess Club Chairman Kim Bhari.
Peter Gilruth receives his trophy from Nairobi Chess Club Chairman Kim Bhari.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Victor Ng’ani who took part in this event went on to  win the 2018 Kenya National Championship a few days later!

Warren Pollock who is the Secretary of Nairobi Chess Club has annotated two interesting games and which are shown below.

The first game shows that one should always be alert to tactics!  The second game shows Peter Gilruth apply pressure on the c6 square with devastating results.

Mushfig Habilov v Meerabbas Afzail

Peter Gilruth v Dr. Victor Ngani

Links

Nairobi Chess Club

Peter Gilruth wins 2017 Jamhuri Cup

2nd Jamhuri Cup results and standings