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Jackson Kamau wins 2020 Olympiad 2nd Phase Tournament

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Jackson Kamau wins 2020 Olympiad 2nd Phase Tournament

Jackson Kamau was the winner of the 2020 Olympiad 2nd Phase Qualifiers held last weekend at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi. He emerged as the clear winner with 5 points out of 6 rounds.

Jackson Kamau in action during the 2019 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Jackson Kamau in action during the 2019 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Martin Njoroge was second with 4.5 points.

The 24 participants selected were from the 2019 Kenya National Championship that took place in December 2019.

Jackson Kamau v Lawrence Kagambi

Final Phase

The top eight players in the event will join three other players in the Final Phase to select the top five players to make up the Olympiad team.

The three players include Mehul Gohil (2019 Kenya National Champion), Joseph Methu (top-ranked player) and Robert Mcligeyo (Top Junior).

James Kabui (left) and Martin Njoroge both young and upcoming players seen here during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
James Kabui (left) and Martin Njoroge both young and upcoming players seen here during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

James Kabui who is one of Kenya’s promising youngsters found the going tough and ended up with 3.5 points and in 11th in ranking dashing his hopes for the Olympiad.

Jackson Kamau v Ricky Sang

The average rating of the event was 1948 making it one of Kenya’s toughest events.

FM Stephen Ouma v Martin Njoroge

Final Phase

The full list of players taking part in the Final Phase is listed below.

Joseph Methu
CM Ben Magana
Ben Nguku
Mehul Gohil
Joseph Atwoli
Ricky Sang
Jackson Kamau
Philip Singe
Martin Njoroge
Brian Adorwa
Robert Mcligeyo

The Final Phase takes place on 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th 29th February and 1st March 2020. The venue for the event will once again be Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi.

Ladies Section

WFM Sasha Mongeli won the section with 5.5 points out of 6 rounds. She is the proud recipient of the 2018 Star-Times Award.

WFM Sasha Mongeli in action during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
WFM Sasha Mongeli in action during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Julie Mutisya was second with 4.5 points.

The top 8 players in this section will join three other players in the Final Phase. The three players include WCM Lucy Wanjiru (2019 National Champion), WCM Joyce Nyaruai (top-ranked) and Naiya Gosrani (Top Junior).

The average rating of this event was 1426.

WFM Sasha Mongeli v Glenda Madelta

Final Phase

The full list of players taking part in the Final Phase is listed below.

Daphne Mwikali
WFM Sasha Mongeli
Triza Mwenda
Glenda Madelta
Cheryl Ngima
Julie Mutisya
Cynthia Obondo
Nicole Ogaga
WCM Joyce Nyaruai
WCM Lucy Wanjiur
Naiya Gosrani

Glenda Madelta looking for her maiden Olympiad slot. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Glenda Madelta looking for her maiden Olympiad slot. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

The 44th Olympiad will take place from 5th to 18th August 2020 in Moscow, Russia.

Links

Standings & Results for the 2020 Olympiad 2nd Phase Qualifiers.

Games from the Open Section.

Games from the Ladies Section.