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Nephat Thuku wins Nyeri Open

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Nephat Thuku wins Nyeri Open

Nephat Thuku of the Technical University of Kenya won the inaugural Nyeri Open Chess Tournament in grand style.

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

He remained undefeated in the 6 round event to end up with 5.5 points out of 6 rounds. Mathew Kiama also obtained the same 5.5 points but had a lower tie-break.

Section of the playing hall during the Nyeri Open.
Section of the playing hall during the Nyeri Open.

The event held over the weekend of 14th and 15th September 2019 saw a total of 58 players battling for honours.

Joseph Methu who is currently the top-ranked player in the country, stumbled in round 4 when he lost to Nephat Thuku.

Joseph Methu ended up with 5 points in joint 2nd place with Martin Kinyanjui and Samuel Were who travelled from Uganda.

Solomon Mburunga was the organiser of the event.  Chess Kenya and Greenhills Hotel were the sponsors of the event.

The prize winners. From left Mathew Kiama, Nephat Thuku and organiser Solomon Mburunga.
The prize winners. From left Mathew Kiama, Nephat Thuku and organiser Solomon Mburunga.

George Githui

The chess tournament also doubled up as a memorial to the late George Githui who died in tragic circumstances in July this year.

The late George Githui during the 2014 Tromso Olympiad.
The late George Githui during the 2014 Tromso Olympiad.

George Githui was one of Kenya’s most acclaimed and experienced International Arbiter. The amiable George was a popular figure in the chess circuit.

George Githui enjoying a game that brought him much joy.  He is seen here playing against Nida Jurgensen.
George Githui enjoying a game that brought him much joy. He is seen here playing against Nida Jurgensen.

Prize winners

Senior men champion

1. Nephat Thuku – prize KES 10,000.
1. Mathew Kiama – prize KES 10,000.
3. Joseph Methu -prize KES 5,000.

Senior Women Champion

1. Cheryl Ngima (University of Nairobi) prize KES 5,000.

Best University

Nephat Thuku- TUK.

Under 18 category

Austin Mwiti 11 (years) Peak View Academy.

Under 16 years category

Simeon Diego (Karima Boys High School).

Under 14 years category

Vincent Mugo (Karima High School).

Under 10 years category

Cherise Gacheri (Peak View Academy).

Under 8 years category

Fantalis Nduta (Light House).

Nyeri

Nyeri town is the county headquarters of Nyeri County. The colonial government established it in 1921.

Lieutenant-General Lord Baden-Powell who was the founder of the Scout movement is buried in Nyeri.

Links

Standings & Results of Nyeri Open.

Nyeri is host town for the 2019 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.