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Dominic Nyonje wins Kisumu Open

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Dominic Nyonje wins Kisumu Open

Dominic Nyonje of Kisii University is the 2021 Kisumu Open Rapid Chess Champion.

He beat four-time national champion CM Ben Magana to win the tournament’s top prize over the weekend.

Poster of the Kisumu Open Rapid Chess Tournament.
Poster of the Kisumu Open Rapid Chess Tournament.

Dominic Nyonje edged out CM Ben Magana in round four to finish top with six points. On his way, he defeated well known Evans Sinoya and Dr Jacob Onditi.

CM Ben Magana also had 6 points but had an inferior tie-break and hence took second place. Dominic Nyoge and CM Ben Magana equally shared the top two cash prizes fund of KES 16,000 (USD 160).

Dominic Nyonge (with hoddie) versus CM Ben Magana at the Scottish Tartan Hotel in Kisumu.
Dominic Nyonge (with hoddie) versus CM Ben Magana at the Scottish Tartan Hotel in Kisumu.
CM Ben Magana v Dominic Nyonge

Forty-four players battled it out in the first post-Covid chess tournament held in the city of Kisumu. The venue was the famous Scottish Tartan Hotel, a favourite of chess organisers in the city.

CM Ben Magana v Evans Sinoya

Photo of the playing hall.
Photo of the playing hall.

Fun facts about Kisumu

Kisumu is Kenya’s third-largest city, situated on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is known locally as ‘Nam Sango‘ or ‘Nam Lolwe‘.

Its name is from the Luo word ‘kisuma‘, a derivative of ‘sumo‘, which means barter trade.

It grew into a town after the Mombasa Railway line passed through it in 1901.

The new town was named Port Florence after Florence Preston, the wife of the senior railway’s engineer. In 1903 the town was renamed Kisumu.

View of Kisumu town. Photo credit Wikicommons.
View of Kisumu town. Photo credit Wikicommons.

Kisumu was also privileged to host the first air flight in East and Central Africa. An inaugural maiden flight from Kisumu to England took place in 1931.

In 1965 Grace Onyango was elected mayor of Kisumu town, becoming the first woman mayor in Africa.

Links

Standings & Results of the 2021 Kisumu Open Rapid Chess Championship.

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