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2023 Kenya Team Selection – Final Phase

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2022 Kenya Team Selection – Final Phase

The final phase of national team selection came to an end at Utalii Hotel last weekend.
The 11-round-robin tournament saw twelve participants battling it out for the five coveted slots for the 2023 African Games due to be held in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
The 2022 Kenya National Chess Champion, Mehul Gohil, failed to make it into the team when he scored only 4 points to end up in 7th in the ranking. Losses to Robert Mcligeyo, Elvis Likoko, CM Ben Magana, Dr Victor Ng’ani and to Jackson Kamau saw his hopes dashed.

The playing hall at Utali Hotel.
The playing hall at Utali Hotel.

Other big names that failed to make the team included 2021 Kenya National Champion Martin Njoroge and veterans Ricky Sang and Jackson Kamau.

Elvis Likoko scored six points to make his maiden appearance on the team.

Robert Mcligeyo won the event with an impressive 8.5 points propelling his FIDE rating to 2027 and making him Kenya’s top-rated player with CM Ben Magana.

Utali Hotel along Thika Road the venue for the event.
Utali Hotel along Thika Road the venue for the event.

Ricky Sang in action.
Ricky Sang in action.

The line up of the Open Team

Robert Mcligeyo
CM Ben Nguku
Joseph Methu
Elvis Likoko
Dr. Victor Ng’ani

CM Ben Magana – Head Coach.

Final standing Open Section.  2023 Kenya Team
Final standing Open Section.
Ladies team

Everything was predictable in the Ladies’ Section, with the same 2022 team making it into the 2023 team!

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Cassidy Maina deserves a special mention.  She defeated Madelta Glenda, the World Amateur U1700 Champion in their round four encounter.  Elizabeth finally scored six points to grab sixth place, narrowly missing a slot in the team.

The line up of the Ladies Team
WFM Sasha Mongeli
WCM Joyce Nyaruai
Cynthia Obondo
Madelta Glenda
Julie Mutisya

Moses Andiwoh – Ladies Coach.

The Ladies Section of the Final Phase.
The Ladies Section of the Final Phase.
Final standing Ladies Section.  2023 Kenya Team
Final standing Ladies Section.

Links

2022 Kenya National Team Final Selection on chess-results.com.

PGNs from Open Final Phase 2023.

PGNs from Ladies Final Phase 2023.

2022 Kenya National Team Selection Phase 2 on chess-results.com.

Mehul Gohil aka ‘Gorilla’ clinches 2022 Kenya Championship title.

2022 Kenya National Chess Championship.

2022 Kenya Chess Championship – Day 1 Report.

PGNs from the 2022 Kenya National Championship Open

PGNs from the 2022 Kenya Championship Ladies

Martin Njoroge wins the 2021 Kenya National Championship.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.