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East African Open Chess Tournament – Day 1 Report

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East African Open Chess Tournament – Day 1 Report

The East African Open Chess Tournament started with just over 130 participants at Mombasa’s Milele Beach Hotel.

The event has the Prestige section, the U1800 section, the U1600 section and two junior sections.

Day 1 highlight

The first major upset of the day was when 2019 Kenya National Ladies Champion Gloria Jumba held second seed Emmanuel Egesa to a draw.

Gloria Jumba (left) in her first round game which ended in a draw against Emmanuel Egesa of Uganda.
Gloria Jumba (left) in her first round game which ended in a draw against Emmanuel Egesa of Uganda.
Emmaneul Egesa v Gloria Jumba

Ben Nguku had a lucky escape in his game against U1700 World Champion Madelta Glenda when she missed a mate in three on move 30.

Ben Nguku v Madelta Glenda

Vit Stefan enjoy the U1600 section of the East African Open.
Vit Stefan enjoy the U1600 section of the East African Open.
FM Harold Wanyama v Jackson Ndegwa

Junior section

The Junior section has U8 & U10 in one group while the U12 & U18 are in the second group.  These two sections have a total of just over fifty five players.

The junior section of the EA Open.
The junior section of the EA Open.

Event organisers & sponsors

The 2022 East African Open Chess Tournament is organised by Lighthouse Chess Club and sponsored by Mozzart Kenya.

Poster for the 2022 East African Open Chess Tournament.
Poster for the 2022 East African Open Chess Tournament.

Links

2022 East African Open on chess-results.com.

Invitational letter for the 2022 East African Open Chess Tournament.

Milton Kihara wins 2019 Lighthouse Chess Club U21 Tournament.

John Than Ngony wins 2020 Lighthouse Chess Club U21 Tournament.