Mehul Gohil crushes GM El Gindy
Mehul Gohil yesterday wrote a new chapter in Kenyan history when he sensationally defeated GM El Gindy of Egypt. The epic game was during the 2019 Zone 4.2 Chess Championship taking place in Mombasa.
Mehul Gohil is now the second member of the exclusive ‘GM Slayers Club of Kenya‘. CM Ben Magana joined this club as the first member when he defeated GM Ahmed Adly in the 2007 Africa Individuals Chess Championship in Windhoek, Namibia.
Mehul Gohil had a solid day with an earlier victory in round 4 against Hassan Fidow of Somalia.
Mehul Gohil v GM Essam El Gindy
GM Essam El Gindy
GM Essam El Gindy is a former Egyptian Champion (2002), African Champion (2003). He has represented Egypt in three Chess Olympiads (1996, 1998, 2014).
He has also competed at two FIDE World Chess Championships (1999, 2004) and five Chess World Cups (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017).
Matthew Kanegeni defeated Djama Ali Mohamed of Somalia in round 4 but lost to Mekonnen Shiferaw of Ethiopia in round 5.
Peter Gilruth defeated compatriot Elivs Likoko in round 4 and Mahamed Yousuf of Somalia in round 5.
Vasanth Ramesh drew with Mahamed Yousuf of Somalia in round 4 and defeated Abdelhakiem of Sudan in round 5.
Elvis Likoko had a horrible day. He lost to compatriot Peter Gilruth in round 4 and then to Mohamed Adlilahi of Somalia in round 5.
Leaders at the end of Day 2
GM Ahmed Adly and GM Abdelrahman Hesham are both perched at the top of the table at the end of round 5 with 4.5 points. GM Essam El Gindy who was the third Egyptian GM in the event has now pulled out on medical grounds. He lost to both FM Haruna Nsubuga in round 2 and then to Mehul Gohil in round 5.
GM Ahmed Adly v IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
WFM Ivy Amoko of Uganda continues to dominate the Ladies section. She is currently at the top of the table with 4 points out of 5 games.
Team Kenya having a rough day
Gloria Jumba drew with WFM Angolikin Goretti of Uganda in round 4 and then lost to WFM Sohayla Abdelmenaem of Egypt in round 5.
WCM Joyce Nyaruai lost to WFM Ivy Amoko of Uganda in round 4 and but defeated compatriot Sasha Mongeli in round 5.
WFM Sasha Mongeli lost to Peninah Nakabo of Uganda in round 4.
In every chess tournament, there are those key people who may be unseen but play an extremely vital role in the event. One such person is the amiable Brian Kidula who is the CEO of Terrian Chess Academy. He is also affectionately known in local circles as ‘LGM Brian Kidula‘ i.e. Local GM!
Terrian Chess Academy and Mini Chess Kenya have provided the DGT equipment to provide live transmission of this prestigious event.