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James Panchol wins Garage Blitz Chess Challenge

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James Panchol wins Garage Blitz Chess Challenge

James Panchol was the winner of the Garage Blitz Challenge last weekend.

The swanky Garage Bar & Grill in Thika was the venue for what was the town’s first competitive chess tournament.

The Garage Bar & Grill. Photo credit from Garage Bar & Grill Facebook Page.
The Garage Bar & Grill. Photo credit from Garage Bar & Grill Facebook Page.

The well-attended event drew in a crowd of 60 enthusiasts including some of Kenya’s top players. DJ Adam provided the music while the blitz took place.

The exciting playing venue. Photo credit Arongoey Photography.
The exciting playing venue. Photo credit Arongoey Photography.

The event held on 10th November 2019 had 11 rounds with 5 minutes per player. A total of KES 40,000 (USD 400) was up for grabs.

James Panchol the eventual winner of the Garage Bltiz Challenge. Photo credit Arongoey Photography.
James Panchol the eventual winner of the Garage Bltiz Challenge. Photo credit Arongoey Photography.

Terrian Chess Academy was the organiser and which was proudly sponsored by Garage Bar & Grill.

The owner of Garage Bar & Grill is also a well-known motoring enthusiast popularly known as ‘Spike‘.

Kim Bhari poses with one of the modified Mercedes Benz belonging to Spike. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Kim Bhari poses with one of the modified Mercedes Benz belonging to Spike. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Another modified Mercedes Benz by Spike. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Another modified Mercedes Benz by Spike. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Prize Winners

1st James Panchol (9.5pts) 10,000.
2nd Ben Nguku (9pts) 8,000.
3rd Mehul Gohil (9pts) 6,000.
4th Mike Akabo (8pts) 4,000.
5th Martin Oyamo (8pts) 3,000.

Best university player category:

1st Dennis Maina (7.5pts) 3,000.

2nd James Kabui (7pts) 2,000.

Best lady category:

Glenda Madelta (6pts) 3,000.

The Best Player Special Needs:

Sadam Sheikh (5.5pts) 1,000.

Sadam Sheikh in action and the winner of the Special Needs Prize.
Sadam Sheikh in action and the winner of the Special Needs Prize.
Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

Links

Standings & Results fof the Garage Blitz Challenge.

Terrian Chess Academy.