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FM Haruna Nsubuga Wins 2021 Mombasa Open Chess Championship.

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FM Haruna Nsubuga Wins 2021 Mombasa Open Chess Championship.

FM Haruna Nsubuga of Uganda won the 2021 Mombasa Open Chess Championship, which ended last Monday. He won the event with a perfect 7 points out of 7 rounds to go home with the top prize of KES 50,000 (USD 500).

Joseph Methu and Matthew Kanegeni were in joint 2nd place with 6 points each. They equally shared the cash prize of KES 40,000 (USD 400).

Benard Wanjala the President of Chess Kenya (left) presents FM Haruna Nsubuga the prize for winning the 2021 Mombasa Open.
Benard Wanjala the President of Chess Kenya (left) presents FM Haruna Nsubuga the prize for winning the 2021 Mombasa Open.

Mehul Gohil, the defending Champion finished with  points to end in joint third place with Githinji Hinga, Austin Walela, and Dr Victor Ng’ani.

FM Haruna Nsubuga v Joseph Methu

2019 Mombasa Open Defending Champion Mehul Gohil in action.
2019 Mombasa Open Defending Champion Mehul Gohil in action.

The popular Mombasa Open event saw a record number of participants in the various sections. The Open Section had 96 players, while the Ladies section had 32 players, and the different Junior sections had 126 players.

The playing hall of the 2021 Mombasa Open.
The playing hall of the 2021 Mombasa Open.

The event ran from 9th to 10th October 2021 at the Mombasa Continental Resort.

FM Haruna Nsubuga v Benard Wanjala

2018 Kenya National Championship Dr Victor Ng'ani in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open with his hands full!
2018 Kenya National Championship Dr Victor Ng’ani in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open with his hands full!

Fun facts about FM Haruna Nsubuga

FM Haruna Nsubuga in 2011 won both the Junior Championship and the Uganda National Championship. He s the only Ugandan chess player to have achieved this feat.

He is the only player from East & Central Africa who has defeated two Egyptian Grandmasters in the same event. His victims were GM Hesham Abdulrahman and GM Essam El Gindy during the 2019 Zonals held in Mombasa.

FM Haruna Nsubuga won both the 2013 and 2021 Mombasa Open with a 100% score.

He is the only Ugandan to feature in David Llada’s famous book The Thinkers‘ published by Quality Chess.

FM Haruna Nsubuga's photo in David Llada's famous book 'The Thinkers'.
FM Haruna Nsubuga’s photo in David Llada’s famous book ‘The Thinkers’

He has won three major Kenyan events in the recent past.  These include, the 60th Nairobi Chess Club Championship (2018), the 2016 Equity Bank Open 2016 and the 6th Capablanca Cup (2016)

Other regional events that he has won include the 2019  Rwanda Open and the 2019 Lighthouse Uganda Open.

He has further earned the distinction of winning the FM title requirements in three different zonal events. These include the editions held in Dar-es-Salaam (2016), in Jimma (2017), and Mombasa (2019).

FM Haruna Nsubuga in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open.
FM Haruna Nsubuga in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open.
Brian Adorwa v FM Haruna Nsubuga

FM Steve Ouma v FM Haruna Nsubuga

FM Steve Ouma in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open.
FM Steve Ouma in action during the 2021 Mombasa Open.
Mehul Gohil v Ken Shampton

Ladies Section

Cynthia Abondo was the winner in the Ladies section with 6.5 points out of 7 rounds. 2018 Kenya National Ladies Champion Gloria Jumba and Mercy Igando were joint second place with 5.5 points.

Judy Kiragu of Lighthouse Chess Club (left) presents the winner of the Ladies Section of the 2021 Mombasa Open Cynthia Abondo with her trophy.
Judy Kiragu of Lighthouse Chess Club (left) presents the winner of the Ladies Section of the 2021 Mombasa Open Cynthia Abondo with her trophy.

Equity Bank Chess Club won the prize for the best Corporate team while KCB Bank Chess Club ended in second place.

Equity Bank Chess Club pose with their trophy at the 2021 Mombasa Open.
Equity Bank Chess Club pose with their trophy at the 2021 Mombasa Open.

JKUAT University won the prize for best University team. Daystar University and Kabarak University were in 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

The reason why the Mombasa Open is so popular - the sun, sand and the coconut trees. From left WCM Joyce Nyaruai, Julie Mutisya and Glenda Madelta enjoying their free time.
The reason why the Mombasa Open is so popular – the sun, sand and the coconut trees. From left WCM Joyce Nyaruai, Julie Mutisya and Glenda Madelta enjoying their free time.

Junior Section

KBA School emerged as the overall best school, with a total of 21 points. Makini School was second with 16 points, and Mombasa Chess Academy was third with 8 points.

Some of the prize winners in the Junior Section of the 2021 Mombasa Open.
Some of the prize winners in the Junior Section of the 2021 Mombasa Open.

Links

Standings & Results of the 2021 Mombasa Open Chess Championship.

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