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CM John Mukabi grabs bronze medal in continental event

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CM John Mukabi grabs bronze medal in Seniors + 50 Category

CM John Mukabi made Kenya proud when he won a bronze medal at the just concluded African Online Individual Chess Championship.

The event had just over 150 players who were using the Tornelo platform for the event.

Mukabi scored an impressive 5.5 points out of 9 rounds in the Senor’s S50 category.  Charles De Villiers of South Africa won the gold medal with 8.5 points.  Zohier Slami of Morocco won the silver medal with 6.5 points.

CM John Mukabi in action during the 2016 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
CM John Mukabi in action during the 2016 Kenya Open. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

The prize fund for the Seniors S50 category was USD 2,250 with the winner taking home USD 1,000.  Zohier Slami was richer by USD 750 while CM John Mukbai took home USD 500.

This section had 9 participants.

CM John Mukabi is a veteran and has the East African record of playing in a total of 7 Chess Olympiads!  In the game shown below John Mukabi managed to hold eventual winner Charles De Villiers of South Africa to a draw.

Charles De Villiers v CM John Mukabi

Women’s Section

This section had a total of 32 participants with six players from Kenya!

WFM Riya Shah was the best placed Kenya with 6 points out of 9 rounds.  She ended in joint 5th place but 6th in standing.

WIM Amina Mezioud of Algeria was the clear winner with 8 points and she won an impressive cash prize of USD 2,000.  Sabrina Latreche of Algeria was second with 7.5 points and won a cash prize of USD 1,000.  Khadija Latreche also of Algeria was third with 7 points and she went home with USD 750.

WFM Riya Shah in action during the 2015 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
WFM Riya Shah in action during the 2015 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

WCM Lucy Wanjiru, WCM Joyce Nyaruai, Sasha Maingi, Madelta Glenda and Saloni Karania were the other Kenyans who took part in this section.

Open Section

The Open Section was totally dominated by players from North Africa.  GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt was the winner with 7.5 points out of 9 rounds.  He went home with a cash prize of USD 3,000.

GM Adly Ahmed. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
GM Adly Ahmed. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

GM Bassem Amin also of Egypt was runner’s up with 7 points and he won a cash prize of USD 2,000.

WFM Riya Shah in action during the 2015 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
WFM Riya Shah in action during the 2015 Kenya National Championship. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Another player from North Africa GM Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria was third with 6.5 points.  He won USD 916 for his efforts.

GM Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria.
GM Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria.

FM Harold Wanyama was the top player from East Africa with 5.5 points and 13th in standing. Here is an interesting game between FM Harold Wanyama and FM Dante Buekes of Namibia.

FM Dante Buekes v FM Harold Wanyama

Elvis Likoko was the top player from Kenyan with an impressive 4.5 points and 23rd in standing.

Philip Singe, Ricky Sang, Philip Mwashe, Mehul Gohil, Jackson Kamau and Martin Njoroge were the other Kenyans taking part in the Open section.

Kenya National Chess Champion Mehul Gohil found himself in unfamiliar territory with 4.5 points and 25th in standing.

Mehul Gohil v IM Fy Atnenaina Rakotomaharo

A total of 47 players took part in this section.

Team Kenya

It was interesting to note that IM Arthur Ssegwangyi of Uganda was recruited to train Team Kenya who were staying at the plush Villa Rose Kempinsky Hotel in Nairobi!

IM Arthur Ssegwangyi of Uganda (sitting third from left) in a training session with Team Kenya. Photo credit Benard Wanjala.
IM Arthur Ssegwangyi of Uganda (sitting third from left) in a training session with Team Kenya. Photo credit Benard Wanjala.
The plush Villa Rose Kempinsky Hotel in Nairobi where some of Team Kenya members were staying.
The plush Villa Rose Kempinsky Hotel in Nairobi where some of Team Kenya members were staying.

Cash prizes

The event was a great success with just over 150 participants taking part despite the perceived high entry fee of USD 60.  The total cash prizes awarded came to a whopping USD 16,000.

Links

CM John Mukabi wins 2016 TUK Open.

Interview with Mehul Gohil.