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).
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.
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 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
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 Habilov – Kimingi.
Mushfig Habilov v Kimani Kimingi
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.
Jeneby Maamum, Sarrin Chisombe, Cyprian Bwire and James Gwada all tied for the second spot with 5 points. They shared equally KES 10,000.
It was interesting to note that Sarrin Chisombe who was unrated but still managed to tie for second place with 5 points.
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.
Dan Willies v John Mukalazi
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.
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.
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.
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.