The elite KCB Chess tournament came to a dramatic close on Monday 2nd April 2018 at KCB Leadership centre. The winners in various categories were feted by KCB Group Chief Operating Officer Mr Samuel Makome on Sunday afternoon after arduous 7 rounds of play.
The four-day tournament saw KCB players Harold Wanyama and Martin Njoroge emerge winners in the prestige and open sections. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Joyce Nyaruai emerged victorious in the lady’s section while Mwabu Timothy, Lwanga Aguda and Lwanga Odongo were the winners in the U-16, -U12 and U-10 categories.
Mr Makome reiterated that the bank is committed to nurturing sports talent in the region adding that the KCB Kenya Chess Open event was a great success.
“On my behalf and that of KCB Group, I wish to thank everyone who participated in the KCB Kenya Chess Open Championship 2018 and wish them all the best in their future endeavours”, said Makome.
Harold won the prestige section with 6 points followed by Kenya’s Candidate Master Ben Magana who finished joint second with Uganda’s Fide Master Patrick Kawuma. Harold drew with two games against Walela Austin on round one followed by 4 wins against Kenya’s Mony Jacktone, Joseph Methu, Uganda’s FM Haruna Nsubuga and international Master Ssegwanyi Arthur. He went on to defeat his country mate Emojong Elijah in the final match.
“The KCB Kenya Chess open was the best tournament in Africa, the location was perfect at the KCB leadership centre in Karen, the level of competition was high”, said Harold.
Wanyama took 29 moves to win against Emojong in the final game after his rook captured Emojong Queen on D7.
In the ladies’ section, Kenya’s Joyce Nyaruai defeated 32 players to emerge victorious with 6.5 points ahead of Uganda’s Women Fide Master Ivy Amoko who finished joint second with Kenya’s Daphne Mwikali. Joyce had been impressive from round one where she defeated East Africa Champion Ivy Amoko during day one action.
KCB Player Martin Njoroge was crowned the Challengers section Champion after a clear 6.5 points ahead of Harmony Odhiambo among other players. The U 16 was won by Mwabu Timothy of Alliance High School ahead of Subramaniam Suhil who had 5 points. Another major attraction in the junior category was in the under 10 and 12 where siblings Lwanga Odongo and Lwanda Aguda won their respective sections.
The winners in all categories were awarded cash prizes by KCB Group COO The prestige winner was awarded 100,000 shs with the runners-up earning 37, 500. Kenya’s Joyce Nyaruai was awarded shs 30,000 while the challenger’s winner Martin Njoroge won shs 50,000. The top six winners in main sections were all rewarded for their efforts as the curtains came down on KCB Chess open 2017.