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Mehul Gohil crowned Sultan of Mombasa Open

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Mehul Gohil crowned Sultan of Mombasa Open

Mehul Gohil (aka ‘Gorilla’) was in devastating form when he clinched the 2019 Mombasa Open held during the long ‘Mashujaa’ weekend.  He scored a perfect 6 points out of 6 games to emerge the winner from a field of 62 players in the Open Section.

Mehul Gohil went home with the top prize of KES 30,000 (USD 300). The total cash prize fund for the event was an impressive KES 118,000 (USD 1,200).

Mehul Gohil (aka 'Gorilla') receives his trophy from Chairman of Mombasa Chess Club Paul Ryan. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.
Mehul Gohil (aka ‘Gorilla’) receives his trophy from Chairman of Mombasa Chess Club Paul Ryan. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.

Matthew Kanegeni & FM Steve Ouma ended up in joint 2nd place with 5 points each. They equally shared a cash prize of KES 30,000 (USD 300).

Emmanuel Mwaisumbe of Tanzania was the only foreign player who took part.

The playing hall of the Mombasa Open. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.
The playing hall of the Mombasa Open. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.

The past decade has seen Ugandan players dominate this fabulous coastal event. However, this year’s edition clashed with the final round of the Uganda National League which took place the same weekend. It meant that the Ugandan players were unable to make it for the Mombasa Open.

Mehul Gohil in action during the 2019 Mombasa Open while John Mukabi looks onPhoto credit Mombasa Chess Club.
Mehul Gohil in action during the 2019 Mombasa Open while John Mukabi looks on. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.

Daniel Kimaiga from Kilifi Chess Club who ended up with 2 points. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.
Daniel Kimaiga from Kilifi Chess Club who ended up with 2 points. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.

Full list of prize winners

Winner

Mehul Gohil – 6 points Nairobi Chess Club KES 30,000.

2nd Place

1. Matthew Kanegeni – 5 points (Equity Chess Club) KES 15,000.
2. FM Stephen Ouma – 5 points (Equity Chess Club) KES 15,000.

4th Place

1. Okeyo Austin Steve (Kisumu) KES 2,000.
2. Emmanuel Mwaisumbe (Tanzania) KES 2,000.
3. Victor Ngani (Equity Chess Club) KES 2,000.
4. Hillary Sagwa (Black Knights) KES 2,000.
5. Brain Adorwa (Equity Chess Club) KES 2,000.

Best Mombasa Club Chess Player

1. Andrew Mumia – KES5,000.

Best U1800

1. Young Collins – 4.5 points (Bank of Africa) KES 5,000.

Best U1600

1. Kenneth Githua – 4 points (Mombasa Chess Club) KES 1,650.
2. Owen Musyoki (Pwani University) KES 1,650.
3. Harrison Nyaga (Technical University of Mombasa) KES 1,650.

Ladies

Winner
1. Daphne Mwikali 4 points KES 15,000.

2nd Place
1. WCM Lucy Wanjiru 3.5 points KES 8,000.
2. Cheryl Ngima KES 8,000.

Best Club

Equity Chess Club.

Best University

Technical University of Mombasa (17 points).

Best University Player

Harrison Nyaga (Technical University of Mombasa).

Junior Section & U10 Section

Rahul Doshi, on the other hand, was the winner of the Junior Section which had 37 players. He was undefeated and ended up with 5.5 points out of 6 rounds.

Cyprian Mbaabu won the U10 Section which had 29 players. He scored a perfect 6 points out of 6 games.

Happy prize winners from the Junior and the U10 Section pose with the arbiters. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.
Happy prize winners from the Junior and the U10 Section pose with the arbiters. Photo credit Mombasa Chess Club.

Junior Section & U10 Section prize winners

Under 8 Boys

1. Rian Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy.
2. Cruz Maina – KBA School.
3. Khyle Shah – Tritonites Stars.

Under 8 Girls

1. Tamara Imali – KBA School.
2. Tiana Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy.

Under 10 Boys

1. Cyprian Mbaabu – KBA School.
2. Shubh Jaideep Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy.
3. Joshua Mumo – KBA School.

Under 10 Girls

1. Agnes Wanjiru – KBA School.
2. Kimberly Mugure – KBA School.
3. Jeanette Karumba – KBA School.

Under 12 Boys

1. Moses Bejon – Kivokoni School.
2. Jamie Kanango – Lighthouse Chess Club.
3. Dhruv Shah – Mombasa Chess Academy.

Under 12 Girls

1. Estherlynn Njeri – KBA School.
2. Salma Zighe – KBA School.
3. Nelly Wairimu – KBA School.

Under 18 Boys

1. Rahul Doshi – Mombasa Chess Academy.
2. Noormohamed S Harunany – Mombasa Chess Academy.
3. Leon Malombe – Lighthouse Chess Club.

Under 18 Girls

1. Esther Wangari – KBA School.
2. Nuriya Salim – Mombasa Chess Academy.

Organiser & sponsors of the event

Mombasa Chess Club were the organisers of the event.

Chess Kenya was the main sponsor of the event. Nathan Ateka and Andrew Mumia were the other co-sponsors.

Parents of Shubh J Shah and Ruhan Shah donated trophies and pens.

Past winners

2018 – CM Ben Magana (Kenya).

2017 – IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda).

2016 – IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda).

2015 – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Uganda).

2014 – Mathias Ssonko (Uganda).

2013 – FM Haruna Nsubuga (Uganda).

2012 – LGM Brian Kidula (Kenya).

2011 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda).

2010 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda).

Poster for the 2019 Mombasa Open.
Poster for the 2019 Mombasa Open.

Links

Standings & Results of 2019 Mombasa Open.

CM Ben Magana wins 2018 Mombasa Open.