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FM Patrick Kawuma wins 10th Capablanca Cup

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FM Patrick Kawuma wins 10th Capablanca Cup

FM Patrick Kawuma of Uganda powered his way to victory at the 10th edition of the Capablanca Cup last weekend. He was undefeated and scored 5.5 points out of 6 games in the Open section. FM Patrick Kawuma went home with a trophy and a cash prize of KES 20,000 (USD 200).

FM Patrick Kawuma on his way to victory at the 10th Capablanca Cup.
FM Patrick Kawuma on his way to victory at the 10th Capablanca Cup.

James Panchol of South Sudan but residing in Nairobi was second with 5 points.

Githinji Hinga was third with 4.5 points.

FM Patrick Kawuma v FM Haruna Nsubuga

The Open section had 21 players who battled it out at the historic Goan Gymkhana Club in Nairobi. The average rating of the event was 1905 with players from South Sudan, Uganda, Denmark and Canada.

Niels Lauritsen of Denmark was the oldest participant at 75 years. He obtained a respectable 4 points to end up in joint 4th place or 6th overall.

Niels Lauritsen of Denmark - a warrior from the Cold War!
Niels Lauritsen of Denmark – a warrior from the Cold War!

Mehul Gohil the current Kenya National Champion was in poor form. He ended up with only 2.5 points to end up in 14th place. He lost to CM Bob Bibasa, Artem Gurevich and Larry Kagambi.

Mehul Gohil the 2019 Kenya National Champion.
Mehul Gohil the 2019 Kenya National Champion.
Mehul Gohil v CM Bob Bibasa

Artem Gurevich who is currently Kenya’s highest rated resident player had an interesting game against Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil.

Mehul Gohil v Artem Gurevich

Artem Gurevich from Canada who now lives in Kenya. He is rated 2201 which makes him the highest rated Kenyan resident/citizen.
Artem Gurevich from Canada who now lives in Kenya. He is rated 2201 which makes him the highest rated Kenyan resident/citizen.

The 2018 Kenya National Champion Dr Victor Ng’ani fared much better and ended with 4 points and 7th in the ranking.

Another interesting game with changing fortunes was HabilovKimingi.

Mushfig Habilov v Kimani Kimingi

Mushfig Habilov (left) in his game against Kimani Kimingi.
Mushfig Habilov (left) in his game against Kimani Kimingi.

U1600 Section

Felix Boera was the winner of the U1600 with 5.5 points. He took home KES 10,000 (USD 100) as the first prize and a trophy.

Felix Boera the winner of the U1600 Section.
Felix Boera the winner of the U1600 Section.

Jeneby Maamum, Sarrin Chisombe, Cyprian Bwire and James Gwada all tied for the second spot with 5 points. They shared equally KES 10,000.

James Gwanda in action.
James Gwanda in action.

It was interesting to note that Sarrin Chisombe who was unrated but still managed to tie for second place with 5 points.

Sarrin Chisombe who was unrated and put ended up in joint second place.
Sarrin Chisombe who was unrated and put ended up in joint second place.

The U1600 section had a total of 49 players.

John Mukalazi of Uganda had a lucky win against against 12 year old Kenyan star Dan Willies Mukalazi lost his Queen by move 8!  It took Mukalazi a great amount of effort and luck to defeat the sly Dan Willies.

John Mukalazi of Uganda with his traditional Maasai 'shuka'
John Mukalazi of Uganda with his traditional Maasai ‘shuka’
Dan Willies v John Mukalazi

12 year old Dan Willies from Lighthouse Chess Club.
12 year old Dan Willies from Lighthouse Chess Club.

Another notable result was from Chol Lual Deng a student of St Joseph’s School in Kitale.  He obtained an impressive 4 points to end up in joint 3rd place or 13th overall.

Students of St Joseph's School pose with their teacher Harrison Agosa (in the blue shirt).
Students of St Joseph’s School pose with their teacher Harrison Agosa (in the blue shirt).

Dr Mujahid Din was the sponsor of this event in honour of his late father Mohamed Younis Din who was a chess enthusiast in his days.

Prize winners

Open

Winner – FM Patrick Kawuma – 5.5 points Trophy plus KES 20,000.

Runner’s Up – James Panchol – 5 points – KES 10,000.

Second Runner’s Up – Githinji Hinga – 4.5 points – KES 8,000.

U2000 – Dr Victor Ng’ani – 4 points – KES 2,000.

U1800 – Isaac Mudangi – 3.5 points KES 2,000.

U1600 – n/a.

U1600 Section

Winner – Felix Boera – Trophy plus KES 10,000.

Joint 2nd place – Maamun Jeneby, Sarrin Chisombe, Cyprian Bwire & James Gwada – all with 5 points and equally shared KES 10,000.

U1500 – Viraj Shah – 4 points KES 1,500.

U1400 – Emmanuel Kuria – 4.5 points KES 1,500.

U1300 Chol Deng – 4 points KES 1,500.

U1200 – Stanley Omondi  KES 1,500.

Past winners

1st winner was Humphrey Andolo – Kenya (1997)

2nd winner Jaswinder Singh – India (1999)

3rd winner IM Elijah Emojong – Uganda (2013)

4th winner Jackson Kamau – Kenya (2014)

5th winner Peter Gilruth – Kenya (2015)

6th winner CM Haruna Nsubuga – Uganda(2016)

7th winner Joseph Methu – Kenya (2017)

8th winner James Panchol – South Sudan (2018)

9th winner Lwanga Karoli – Kenya (2019)

All photo credits to Kim Bhari.

Links

Games from the Open Section of 10th Capablanca Cup.

Games from the U1600 Section of the 1th Capablanca Cup.

Standing & Results of 10th Capablanca Cup.

Karoli Lwanga wins 9th edition Capablanca Cup.

James Panchol wins 8th edition Capablanca Cup.

Joseph Methu wins 7th edition Capablanca Cup.

FM Nsubuga wins 6th Capablanca Cup.

Nairobi Chess Club.