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Gloria Jumba wins Queen’s Tournament

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Gloria Jumba wins Queen’s Rapid Chess Tournament

Gloria Jumba cruised to a comfortable win in the inaugural Queen’s Rapid Chess Tournament.  She is the current Kenya National Champion.

She obtained 5.5 points out of 6 games in an event that attracted 80 ladies.  This was by far the biggest ladies event ever held in Kenya.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

WCM Joyce Nyaruai also had 5.5 points but had a lower tie break.

Naiya Gosrani the 13 year student from Hillcrest Secondary School was impressive when ended up in third position with 5 points.

Gloria Jumba (red/white stripes) takes on Lucy Wanjiru and on the next board WFM Riya Shah (left) takes on WCM Joyce Nyaruai.
Gloria Jumba (red/white stripes) takes on Lucy Wanjiru and on the next board WFM Riya Shah (left) takes on WCM Joyce Nyaruai.

Kenyan ladies proved once again that they are prepared to do so much more as they were the ones who organised and ran this event.

A tournament for ladies run by ladies! Standing from left Ann Kungu, Joy Wangari, Imali Esiera, Cherly Ngima.
A tournament for ladies run by ladies! Standing from left Ann Kungu, Joy Wangari, Imali Esiera, Cherly Ngima.

The event had an impressive prize fund of KES 53,000 (USD 530) with the winner going home with KES 20,000 (USD 200).

IM Tshepiso Lopang from Botswana was the Chief Guest.

IM Tshepiso Lopang from Botswana who was an arbiter at the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.
IM Tshepiso Lopang from Botswana who was an arbiter at the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.
Final standing of the top 12 players.
Final standing of the top 12 players.

Winfred Thitu was the main organiser and Chess Kenya were the sponsors of the event.

Links

Standings & Results.

Gloria Jumba crowned Kenya National Champion.

Chess Kenya website.