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The Kenya Olympiad Final Phase – Day 1

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The Kenya Olympiad Final Phase – Day 1

The Kenya Olympiad Final Phase kicked off today morning at the KCB Club, Ruaraka, Nairobi. The Open Section and Ladies Section each have eleven players.  Only the top 5 in each section will get the coveted Olympiad slots.

Open Section

Mehul Gohil the 2019 Kenya National Champion got off to a good start when he defeated upcoming 14-year-old Robert Mcligeyo.

Robert Mcligeyo v Mehul Gohil

2019 Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
2019 Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Mehul Gohil drops crucial half point

In the second round, Mehul Gohil dropped a crucial half-point when he was held to a draw by Brian Adorwa.

Mehul would have ended up with a win in this game had he played Rd2 rather than Rd1 in this position.

The Kenya Olympiad Final Phase - Brian Adorwa v Mehul Gohil. Black to play.
The Kenya Olympiad Final Phase – Brian Adorwa v Mehul Gohil. Black to play.
Brian Adorwa v Mehul Gohil

Brian Adorwa seeking his maiden Olympiad appearance. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Brian Adorwa seeking his maiden Olympiad appearance. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Robert McLigeyo

The star of the day had to be Roberto Mcligeyo when he held Kenya’s top rated player Joesph Methu to a hard-fought draw.

Robert McLigeyo v Joseph Methu

Other results

CM Ben Magana had a poor start. He had a bye in round 1 and then lost to teammate Ben Nguku in the afternoon.

Joseph Atwoli had a disastrous start as well. He lost to Joseph Methu in round 1 and to Martin Njoroge in round 2.

Ricky Sang had a good start in the event. He defeated Philip Singe in round one and Jackson Kamau in the second round.

Jackson Kamau, who won the Second Phase Olympiad Qualifiers, had a bumpy start. He drew his first game against Martin Njoroge and then lost to Ricky Sang.

KCB Chess Club

It is interesting to note that seven out of the eleven players taking part in the Kenya Olympiad Final Phase are from KCB Chess Club!

Results from the Open Section.
Results from the Open Section.

Ladies Section

WCM Lucy Wanjiru the 2019 Kenya National Ladies Champion had a decent day 1. She drew against Daphne Mwikali in round one and then defeated Glenda Madelta in round two.

WCM Lucy Wanjiru v Glenda Madelta

WCM Joyce Nyaruai drew in round one against WFM Sasha Mongeli and then defeated Cheryl Ngima in round 2.

Results from the Ladies Section.
Results from the Ladies Section.

Links

Results & Standings of Kenya Olympiad Final Phase.

Games from the Open Section.

Games from the Ladies Section.

Final Phase Qualifiers Rules & Regulations.