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Nairobi Academy Junior Chess Championship

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Nairobi Academy Junior Chess Championship

Nairobi Academy hosted the second edition of it’s popular Junior Chess Tournament. MiniChess Kenya organised the event which took place on the 8th of June 2019 in conjunction with Nairobi Academy.

Poster of the event - Nairobi Academy Junior Chess Tournament.
Poster of the event – Nairobi Academy Junior Chess Tournament.

The tournament attracted just over 180 junior chess players from over 20 schools and chess clubs. The players battled it out in the 6 round tournament with a time control of 25 minutes per player per round.

The playing hall.   Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.
The playing hall. Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.

The event ran according to the following age categories U8, U10, U12, U14 and U18. The top three boys and the top three girls in each group received prizes and medals.

Happy winners at the end of the event.  Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.
Happy winners at the end of the event. Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.

Final results

The winners in each category were as follows:

Under 8 boys

1. Muhindi Mwai Ryan (6 points) Seedlings Junior School.
2. Mtimet Yazid (5 points) Terrain Chess Academy.
3. Khyle Shah (5 points) Tritonite Stars.

Under 8 Girls

1. Mckenzie Chanel (5 points) Banda School.
2. Omondi Anna Zighe (4 points) King’s International School.
3. Gitau Wamaitha (4 points) Thika Road Christian School .

Under 10 Boys

1. Drish Rakesh Shah (6 points) Tritonite Stars.
2. Darsh Rakesh Shah (5 points) Tritonite Stars.
3. Kimani Abel Taji (5 points) Seedlings Junior School.

Under 10 Girls

1. Gitau Kayla Imani (4.5 points) Membley Titans.
2. Kaloki Zuri (4 points) Brookside Preparatory School.
3. Gina Tivona (4 points) Loreto Convent.

Under 12 Boys

1. Gitau Nathaniel Mwita (6 points) All Saints School.
2. Muhindi Mbochi Leon (5 points) Seedlings Junior School.
3. Gosrani Reeyan (5 points) Tritonite Stars.

Under 12 Girls

1. Erica Mumbi (5 points) Membley Titans.
2. Suhana Pratik Patel (4 points) Tritonite Stars.
3. Mutua Amy (4 points) Membley Titans.

Under 14 Boys

1. Odongo Lwanga (5 points) NACHA.
2. Sanjay Ramesh (4 points) Tritonite Stars.
3. Macharia Ndegwa (4 points) Logos Christian School.

Under 14 Girls

1. Kahihu Neema (5 points) Membley Titans.
2. Muturi Elsie (4 points) Membley Titans.
3. Devashri Sanjay (3 points) Tritonite Stars.

Under 18 Boys

1. Kinoti Timothy (6 points) Strathmore School.
2. Alvin Kamau (4 points) Membley Titans.
3. Wairegi Jimmy (4 points) Beacon of hope.

Under 18 Girls

1. Kariuki Lovelynn (2 points) Mountain View.
2. Khima Ann (2 points) Brookhurst School.
3. Haiba Shammim (1 point) Brookhurst School.

Best School/Club

1. Membley Titans.
2. Tritonite Stars.
3. Seedlings Junior School.

Ms Dorena Maina presents a prize to a winner while Githinji Hinga of Mini Chess Kenya looks on.  Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.
Ms Dorena Maina presents a prize to a winner while Githinji Hinga of Mini Chess Kenya looks on. Photo credit Hawi Eliakim.

Links

Standings & Results of Nairobi Academy Chess Tournament..

Mini Chess Kenya website.

Mini Chess Kenya & GM Pontus Carlsson trip to Nairobi.