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Gilruth wins 12th Capablanca Cup

Peter Gilruth has clinched the 12th Capablanca Cup with a score of 3 points out of four rounds. He beat a strong field of 18 players participating in the event’s Open Section.

Hugh Misiko, CM Lwanga Aguda, Gabriel Njuki, and Collins Young also obtained 3 points to equally share the cash prize of KES 30,000 with Peter Gilruth. Hugh Misiko took home the runners-up trophy as he had a superior tie-break.

Peter Gilruth is now the only player who has won this prestigious event twice (2015 and 2023). He is currently ranked 5th in Kenya in the FIDE rating.

Peter Gilruth receives his trophy for winning the 12th Capablanca Cup from Kim Bhari the tournament director of the event.
Peter Gilruth receives his trophy for winning the 12th Capablanca Cup from Kim Bhari the tournament director of the event.
Hugh Misiko receives his trophy from Kim Bhari the tournament director of the event.
Hugh Misiko receives his trophy from Kim Bhari the tournament director of the event.

 

U1600 Section

The U1600 Section saw 32 players battling it out for the top prize of KES 10,000 and a glittering trophy. In the end, Zaddock Nyakundi prevailed and won this Section with a score of 5.5 points out of six rounds.

Stanley Omondi was second with five points.

Kim Bhari (left) the organiser of the event presents the winner Zaddock Nyakundi with his trophy for winning the U1600.
Kim Bhari (left) the organiser of the event presents the winner Zaddock Nyakundi with his trophy for winning the U1600.
Kim Bhari (left) the organiser of the event presents the winner Stanley Omondii with his trophy.
Kim Bhari (left) the organiser of the event presents the winner Stanley Omondii with his trophy.

U1400 Section

Sarthak Patnaik, on the other hand, smashed his way through the U1400 Section to win with a perfect score of 6 points out of 6 rounds to go home with a prestigious trophy.

Sarthak Patnaik (left) receives his trophy from Warren Pollock a committee member of Nairobi Chess Club.
Sarthak Patnaik (left) receives his trophy from Warren Pollock a committee member of Nairobi Chess Club.

Samuel Murage, Harry Bariu Ngalu, Shakira Shukri and Shubh Shah all tied for second place with five points each. However, Samuel Murage took home the runner-up trophy as he had a better tie-break.

Samuel Murage (left) receives his trophy from Warren Pollock a committee member of Nairobi Chess Club.
Samuel Murage (left) receives his trophy from Warren Pollock a committee member of Nairobi Chess Club.

A total of 64 players took part in this event.

Other winners in the U1400 Section included.

WCM Devashri Shah – Best U18

Mary Annan Oyendo – Best U16

Shubh Shah – Best U14

Shakira Shukri – Best U12

Yashmith Raid Chaikam – Best U10

Aseem Sardana – Best U8

The German School, Nairobi, hosted the event over the weekend of 21st and 22nd January 2023. Nairobi Chess Club was the event organiser, while Dr Mujahid Din was the sponsor in honour of his late father, Younis Din who was a keen chess player.

Shakira Shukri in action and who scored 5 points to end up in joint 2nd place.
Shakira Shukri in action and who scored 5 points to end up in joint 2nd place.
The playing venue.
The playing venue.
The playing venue.
The playing venue.
Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

Past winners

1st winner was Humphrey Andolo – Kenya (1997)

2nd winner Jaswinder Singh – India (1999)

3rd winner IM Elijah Emojong – Uganda (2013)

4th winner Jackson Kamau – Kenya (2014)

5th winner Peter Gilruth – Kenya (2015)

6th winner CM Haruna Nsubuga – Uganda(2016)

7th winner Joseph Methu – Kenya (2017)

8th winner James Panchol – South Sudan (2018)

9th winner Lwanga Karoli – Kenya (2019)

10th winner FM Patrick Kawuma – Uganda (2020)

11th winner CM Ben Nguku – Kenya (2022)

Links

Ben Nguku wins 11th Capablanca Cup.

12th Capablanca Cup on chess-results.com.

11th Capablanca Cup on chess-results.com.

PGNs from the 11th Capablanca Cup Open Section.

Karoli Lwanga wins 9th edition Capablanca Cup.

James Panchol wins 8th edition Capablanca Cup.

Joseph Methu wins 7th edition Capablanca Cup.

FM Nsubuga wins 6th edition Capablanca Cup.

Peter Gilruth wins 5th edition Capablanca Cup.

Jackson Kamau wins 4th edition Capablanca Cup.

IM Elijah Emojong wins 3rd edition Capablanca Cup.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.