Karoli Lwanga put up a spirited performance when he won the 9th edition of the Capablanca Cup over the weekend. Lwanga scored 5.0 points out of 6 games in Open Section. This section had a total of 10 players and he went home with KES 15,000 (USD 150).
Top left Lwanga Karoli in action. Top right Hiram Gakembu who was one of the sponsors of the event. Bottom left Ronald Bolo in action. Bottom right – Black Knights Chess Club members Brian Kariuki (left) and Anthony Kionga.
James Panchol was the runners up in the Open Section and he went home with KES 10,000. Collins Young was the 2nd runners up and he won KES 6,000.
Ronald Bolo on the other hand won the U1800 with 5.5 points as well out of 6 games. He went home with KES 10,000.
Top left photo of the playing hall. Top right Kimani Kimingi in action in the Open Section. Bottom left Karoli Lwanga (right) receives his trophy from Chief Arbiter Duke Michieka. Bottom left Nairobi Chess Club Secretary Warren Pollock (left) presents Ronald Bolo with the winning trophy in the U1700 Section.
Sumit Deshpande, Elvis Likoko, and Anthony Kionga all tied for 2nd place and each went home with KES 3,500.
The event attracted a total of 60 players of which 10 were in the Open Section & 50 in the U1700 Section.
The total prize fund of this event was an impressive KES 60,000 (USD 600).
Dr Mujahid Din was the main sponsor (KES 20,000) of this event in honour of his late father Mohamed Younis Din who was a chess enthusiast in his days. Other co-sponsors included Peter Gilruth & Hiram Gakembu.
Photo from the 1995 CAL-IBM Kenya Open held at Grand Regency Hotel, Nairobi from 14th to 17th April 1995. Zahid Javaid (right with brown jacket) takes on unknown player. Diagonally opposite is the late Mohamed Younis Din father to sponsor of the event Dr Mujahid Din. Photo credit Zahid Javaid.
The time control was 90 minutes to finish the game and the event had a total of 6 rounds which were played over the weekend at the renown Goan Gymkhana Club.
Nairobi Chess Club which is the oldest registered chess club in the country were the organisers of this prestigious event
Nairobi Chess Club’s next event is the 4th edition of the Peter Le Pelley Cup in late February. This event is held in honour of one of the past Chairman’s of the club – the late Peter LePelley.