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The 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers – 2nd phase

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The 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers – 2nd phase

The 2nd phase of the 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers ended mid last month with several upsets.  The top 24 players from the just concluded 2021 Kenya National Chess Championship were the invited players.

Veteran players from past Olympiads like Mehul Gohil, Ricky Sang, Philip Singe and Dr Victor Ng’ani fell by the wayside in this brutal 6 round event.

The playing hall of Tthe 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers - 2nd phase at KCB Club.
The playing hall of Tthe 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers – 2nd phase at KCB Club.

The biggest casualty was the 2019 Kenya National Championship Mehul Gohil, who ended in 22nd out of 24 players with only 3 points. His campaign for the 2022 slot started with him missing his first round due to other commitments. Chirs Maina added more misery in the second round by defeating Mehul despite being almost 260 lower in rating.

Chris Maina v Mehul Gohil

Mehul Gohil won his third round against Daniel Gisore but lost to Chege Kairu in round four before withdrawing from the event.

Kairu Chege v Mehul Gohil

Ricky Sang scored 9 points but ended 12th in the ranking, while Philip Singe obtained 8 points to rank in the 15th position. Dr Victor Ng’ani had 7 points and was ranked 17th.

Ricky Sang v Lenny Mataiga Shile

The two shortest games of the tournaments included the following;

Ricky Sang v Kairu Chege

The playing hall of Tthe 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers - 2nd phase at KCB Club.
The playing hall of Tthe 2022 Kenya Chess Olympiad Qualifiers – 2nd phase at KCB Club.
Ben Nguku v Hillary Sagwa

In the final phase, the top 7 players will now join Martin Njoroge (2021 Kenya Champion), Robert Mcligeyo (top junior), Joseph Methu and CM Ben Magana, the top two rated players in Kenya.

Ben Nguku won the event with 5.5 points out of 6 rounds.

Final standing in the Men's Section.
Final standing in the Men’s Section.

Ladies Section

The Ladies section saw 2018 Kenya National Chess Champion Gwen Jumba fail to qualify for the final phase. She only scored nine points and ended 10th in the ranking.

Ladies Section.
Ladies Section.

In the final phase, the top 8 players join WFM Sasha Mongeli (2021 Kenya National Champion) & WCM Joyce Nyaruai (highest rated) and Triza Mwendwa (top junior).

Madelata Glenda was the clear winner in this section with 6 points out of 6 rounds.

Madelta Glenda v WFM Lucy Wanjiru

Final standing in the Ladies Section.
Final standing in the Ladies Section.

Links

Phase 2 Olympiad Selection on chess-results.com.

2022 2nd Phase Open Section pgns.

2022 2nd Phase Ladies Section pgns.