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The Kenya Chess Championship 2021

The Kenya Chess Championship 2021 is generating tremendous excitement amongst Kenyan players after the Chess Kenya Federation posted a photo of the car that the winner will take home on 30th December 2021. The list of participants has now been published on the chess-results.com site.

Nicole Albright and Elvis Likoko pose with the top prize of the Kenya National Chess Championship 2021.
Nicole Albright and Elvis Likoko pose with the top prize of the Kenya National Chess Championship 2021.

CM Ben Magana rated 2081, tops the list with other contenders like Joseph Methu and defending Champion Mehul Gohil, ranked 3rd and 4th respectively.

Cartoon on Joseph Methu when when he qualified for the 2016 Baku Olympiad.
Cartoon on Joseph Methu when when he qualified for the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

The one name that has generated considerable interest is FM Martin Gateri, who represented Kenya in five Olympiads and the All African Games in 2011. FM Gateri who is ranked number two on the list has been inactive for over six years, and it will be interesting to see how he fares.  He is rated 2068 or 13 points behind CM Ben Magana.

FM Martin Gateri (right) takes on George Mwangi during the 2012 Fizza Blitz tournament held at Goan Gymkhana on 22nd July 2012. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
FM Martin Gateri (right) takes on George Mwangi during the 2012 Fizza Blitz tournament held at Goan Gymkhana on 22nd July 2012. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Mathew Kanegeni

Matthew Kanegeni is another exciting name that appears on the list. Will he succeed in winning 2nd national title? Matthew Kangeni came agonisingly close to winning the 2018 edition of the Kenya National Championship.

Matthew Kanegeni in action during the 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.
Matthew Kanegeni in action during the 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.

He was leading the event before the final 9th round with 7 out of 8 rounds, with Ben Nguku and Dr Victor Ng’ani with 6.5 points each. In the last round, a painful loss to Joseph Methu saw Matthew Kangeni’s hope go up in flames and allowing Dr Victor Ng’ani to grab the 2018 Kenya National Championship title.

Joseph Atwoli

Joseph Atwoli is another payer who has come out of semi-retirement to grab the top honours. It will be interesting to see how his flamboyant and swashbuckling style will fare this time.

Ricky Sang

Ricky Sang, who suffered a painful 4-2 defeat against Elvis Likoko in the Terrian Chess Challenge, will also be in action. Elvis Likoko is ranked 34th while Ricky Sang is ranked 7th.

Cartoon on Ricky Sang when he qualified for the 2016 Baku Olympiad.
Cartoon on Ricky Sang when he qualified for the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

The Open section has 140 participants and the Ladies section has 40 player.  Fans worldwide will keenly follow what is going on in Nairobi from 26th December until the final 9th round on 30th December 2021.

The venue at Luke Hotel.
The venue at Luke Hotel.

Kenya & Russia comparison!

It is the second time that the Chess Kenya Federation will present a car to the winner of the National Championship. The first time was in 2019 when Mehul Gohil drove off with a new Mazda car worth approximately KES 700,000 (USD 7,000).

2019 Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil with the car that he won. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
2019 Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil with the car that he won. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

The only other chess federation that has awarded a car to the winner of the National Championship has been Russia. GM Alexander Riazantsev drove off with a Renault Kaptur car plus one million Russian Roubles (approximately USD 15,000) for winning the 2016 Russian Chess Championship.

2016 Russian champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexander Riazantsev pose with the Renault car that they won. Photo credit Vladimir Barsky of the Russian Chess Federation.
2016 Russian champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexander Riazantsev pose with the Renault car that they won. Photo credit Vladimir Barsky of the Russian Chess Federation.

Alexandra Kosteniuk who won the Ladies section of the 2016 Russian Championship also won a Renault Kaptru car as well.

Past winners of the Kenya National Championship

1990 Lawrence Kagambi
1991 Event not held
1992 Event not held
1993 Event not held
1994 Lothar Nicolaiczuk (GER)
1995 Humphrey Andolo
1996 Philip Nicholas Odhiambo
1997 Humphrey Andolo
1998 Humphrey Andolo
1999 Humphrey Andolo
2000 Event not held
2001 Kenneth Ajode Omolo
2002 Event not held
2003 Matthew Kamau Kanegeni
2004 Event not held
2005 Nathan Mukaka Ateka
2006 CM Ben Magana
2007 Event not held
2008 Event not held
2009 Event not held
2010 Event not held
2011 Event not held
2012 Event not held
2013 CM Ben Magana-
2014 Mehul Gohil (Ladies Sanjana Shah)
2015 Ken Omolo (Ladies Riya Shah)
2016 Event not held
2017 CM Ben Magana (Ladies WCM Joyce Nyaruai)
2018 Dr Victor Ngani (Ladies Gloria Jumba)
2019 Mehul Gohil (Ladies WCM Lucy Wanjiru)

Links

2021 Kenya National Chess Championship on chess-results.com

Who will win the 2021 Kenya National Championship by Mehul Gohil.

Standings & Results of the 2019 Kenya National

2019 Kenya National Chess Championship Day 4.

PGNs for Open Section rounds 1 to 9.

PGNs for Ladies Section rounds 1 to 9.

2019 Kenya National Chess Championship Day 3.

2019 Kenya National Chess Championship -Rules & Regulations.

Video of Closing Ceremony 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.

Day 4 – 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.

Day 3 – 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.

2018 Kenya National Chess Championship standings and results.

Day 2 – 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.

Day 1 – 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship.