The Star (Nairobi)

28 November 2012

Kenya: Ugandans Dominate Bungoma Chess Event

Photo: Amy Fallon/IPS
Phiona Mutesi began playing chess because she wanted the free meal the programme offered.

Ugandans dominated the just concluded Bungoma international chess tournament, bagging top two places in the open category. FIDE Master Herold Wanyama was the overall winner in the open category after scoring 100 percent.

Bob Bibasa finished runners-up with six points after losing his fifth round to Jacob Onditi in a bizarre. Bibasa lost on technicality after his phone rang hence contravening chess rule which demands that all phones be switched off.

Olympiads included Kenya team captain Brian Kidula and Hinga Githinji, who garnered five points each with a tie break of 31.0 each. Joseph Atwoli, an Olympiad, chickened out on Day One and simply ran away due to the Uganda Cranes claws.

Other Kenyans who performed well include John Mukabi ( women's team coach), who came third with 5.5 points and Jacob Onditi ,who came fourth with 5 points and a tie break of 33.5.

Kenya's Gyena Jumba posted 4 points to win the women's category and was followed by the Ugandan women's chess master Ivy Amoko with 4 points with a tie break of 24.0. The third position went to Maureen Njeri (MMUST) and Ann Kung'u (Kenya Polytechnic).

The top three for junior category was taken by Trevor Rombora, Rushit Hasmukh and Faith Rachel--all members Bungoma Chess Club and pupils's at Marrel Academy.

Kenya Polytechnic won the University and college category and were followed by Masinde Muliro. The tournament director Humphrey Nyongesa said the tournament had proved that the game was fast growing in the country.

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