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65th Nairobi Chess Club Championship


65th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

The 65th Nairobi Chess Club Championship gets underway this weekend at the Braeburn School, Gitanga Road, Nairobi, and runs from 19th to 20th August 2023.

Ricky Sang is the defending Champion and will be in action in the event, which boasts a modest prize of KES 50,000 (USD 400).

The competition will be stiff as the players can play in three groups: Open Section, U1600 Section and U1400 Section. The average rating in the Open section is 1687.

All three sections will run over two days, with the Open Section having only four rounds and limited to 24 players, while the other two sections will have six rounds each. In addition to glittering trophies for the top three players in each section, the U1400 Section has prizes for specific age groups.

The tournament is FIDE rated, and the time control is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds for the Open Section and one hour flat for the other two sections.

The top-ranked participant is Artem Gurevich of Canada, with a rating of 2187. Other international players include WFM Byambaa Uyanga from Mongolia, rated 2007, and James Panchol of South Sudan rated 1991.

Kenyan players who will give the foreigners a run for their money include Robert Mcligeyo, 2022 Kenya National Champion Mehul Gohil and 2018 Kenya National Champion Dr Victor Ng’ani.

Nairobi Chess Club, the event organisers, is the oldest chess club in the region with an official registration date of 26th February 1958. However, excerpts from the British Chess Magazine indicated that the club was active in the 1920s.


James Kirimi, Rodgers AdaiPeter Gilruth, Larry Khaduli, and Ben Nguku are partial sponsors of this critical and iconic event.

Poster for the 65th Nairobi Chess Club Championship.
Poster for the 65th Nairobi Chess Club Championship.
Other details.
Other details.

Past winners

64th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Ricky Sang.

62nd & 63rd not held due to the Covid Pandemic.

61st Nairobi Chess Club Champion – James Panchol.

60th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – FM Haruna Nsubuga.

59th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Moses Andiwoh.

58th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Peter Gilruth.

57th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – CM Ben Magana.

56th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Lawrence Kagambi.

55th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – FM Patrick Kawuma.

54th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Peter Gilruth.

53rd Nairobi Chess Club Champion – CM Ben Magana.

19th Nairobi Chess Club Champion – Saif Kanani.


Ricky Sang clinches 64th Nairobi Chess Championship title.

64th Nairobi Chess Club Championship on chess-results.com.

64th NCC Championship PGN rd 1 to 6 Open Section.

Day One Report on the 64th Nairobi Chess Club Championship.

James Panchol wins 61st Nairobi Chess Club Championship.

FM Haruna Nsubuga wins 60th Nairobi Chess Club Championship.

Moses Andiwoh wins 59th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

Peter Gilruth wins 58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

CM Ben Magana wins 57th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

Larry Kagambi wins 56th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

FM Patrick Kawuma wins 55th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

Peter Gilruth wins 54th Nairobi Chess Club Championship

Ben Magana wins 53rd Nairobi Chess Club Championship.

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