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Shafat Abdi Nasir crowned Rapid Chess King

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Shafat Abdi Nasir crowned Rapid Chess King

Shafat Abdi Nasir was the proud winner of the 2019 Kenya National Rapid Chess Championship.

The event held on 16th November 2019 at Strathmore University saw most of the top players taking part. The Open section had a total of just over 110 players taking part.

Shafat Abdi Nasir on his way to victory in the 2019 Kenya National Rapid Championship. Photo credit NA David Lekopien.
Shafat Abdi Nasir on his way to victory in the 2019 Kenya National Rapid Championship. Photo credit NA David Lekopien.

Mehul Gohil was the top seed at 2067 and, one of the favourite to win the event. His hopes dried up when he missed the first round and then lost to Douglas Kuritto in round 6. 

Shafat Abdi Nasir ended up with 7 points out of the competitive 8 round event. His only loss was to CM Ben Magana in round 5.

Ben Nguku also obtained the same number of points but had a lower tie-break to end in 2nd place.

Ben Nguku in action. Photo credit IA Duke Michieka.
Ben Nguku in action. Photo credit IA Duke Michieka.

Shafat Abdi Nasir and Ben Nguku equally shared the top two prizes of KES 20,000 & KES 10,000. For Shafat Abdi it was a grand moment for him to win his first-ever tournament.

The total prize fund was KES 93,000 or just under USD 1,000.

CM Ben Magana was the defending champion in the event which took place in 2015.  He ended up in 8th place with 6 points.

The playing hall. Photo credit NA David Lekopien.
The playing hall. Photo credit NA David Lekopien.
Vincent Odhiambo versus Ben Nguku

Final ranking of the top 16 players.
Final ranking of the top 16 players.

Ladies section

WCM Lucy Wanjiru was declared the winner in the Ladies Section. She obtained a total of 6.5 points out of 8 rounds. WCM Lucy Wanjiru tied with WCM Joyce Nyaruai who also gained 6.5 points. Lucy had a better tie-break and was hence declared the winner.

WCM Lucy Wanjiru and WCM Nyaurai equally shared the first two cash prizes of KES 10,000 and KES 7,500 respectively.

A total of 16 ladies took part in this section.

U12-U18 Section

John Paul and Reuben Githaiga both ended up at the top with 7 points each. John Paul was, however, declared the winner as he had a better tie-break.

A total of 66 youngsters took part in this section.

U8 & U10 Section

Don Muiruri was declared the winner in this section. He obtained a perfect score of 8 points out of 8 rounds.

This section had a total of 66

 

players taking part.

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

Chess Kenya were the organisers of the event.

Links

Standings & Results of 2019 Kenya Rapid Chess Championship.

Story on the 2015 edition of the Kenya Speed Championship.