Mehul Gohil wins 2019 Bungoma Open
Mehul Gohil kept a cool head when he cruised to victory at the 2019 Bungoma Open last weekend. He obtained an impressive 5.5 points out of 6 rounds to emerge clear winner and take home KES 25,000 (USD 250).
The 4th edition of this event attracted a total of 34 players from Nairobi and the surrounding region. The cash prize fund was pegged at a modest KES 68,000 (USD 680).
FM Steve Ouma who plays for Equity Bank Chess Club in the Kenya National League was 2nd with 5 points. He took home KES 15,000.
James Panchol, Steve Okeyo and Matthew Kanegeni were in joint third place with 4.5 points each. They shared the 3rd, 4th & 5th prize which amounted to KES 18,000 equally.
The Bungoma Tourist Hotel was the selected venue for this 6 round event which had a time control of 90 minutes.
Moses Andiwho versus Mehul Gohil
A total of 13 junior players took part in the Junior Section.
Prince Isaac Munyua & Reagan Nyongesa were joint winners with 5 points each. However Prince Isaac Munyua had a better tie-break.
Victor Kibunja and Tyler Destiny Emoit were joint second with 4 points each.
IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda) – Prestige Section winner
CM Ben Magana (Kenya) – Open Section winner
FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda) – Blitz Section winner
Aristone Edagiza (Kenya) – Junior Section winner
2014 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)
2012 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)