John Thon Ngony wins Lighthouse U21 Chess Championship
John Thon Ngony of South Sudan was the winner of the 2nd edition of the Lighthouse U21 Chess Championship.
He cruised to victory with 6 points out of 7 rounds to take home KES 30,000 (USD 300) as the first prize.
Charles Cleophas of Tanzania, Naim Abdulhakim Salim and John Milton Kihara, both of Kenya, and Arthur Bitarinsa of Uganda ended in joint 2nd place with 4.5 points.
Dorcus Wanjala was 3rd with 3 points.
The event took place at Oshwal Academy, Mombasa from 7th to 9th December 2019.
A total of 14 players took part. The total prize fund was KES 67,500 (USD 675). It was by far the biggest prize fund for a Junior/U21 chess tournament in East & Central Africa.
East Africa Junior Open Chess Championship
Grace Nkuutu of Uganda was the clear winner of the 3rd edition of the East Africa Junior Open Chess Championship that took place simultaneously. She was undefeated and obtained a perfect score of 7 points out of 7 games.
Elizabeth Cassidy Maina of Kitale School was second with 6.5 points.
This event had a total of just over 150 players taking part from 33 educational institutions.
This event also had an international dimension with players from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
Lighthouse Chess Club of Mombasa organised both the events.