Match “Nairobi vs Marshall”

20 members of Nairobi Chess Club (NCC) had the privilege to play an overseas online match against the prestigious Marshall Chess Club (MCC). MCC is one of the oldest chess clubs in USA. The match took place on April 30th.

NCC isn’t being successful this year in online matches. After the defeat in January against Crewe Chess Club, followed a painful disaster against Marshall Chess Club in April.

All games were played online on lichess using a time control of 20 min + 10 s increment.
The match consisted of 2 games/player and pairings were arranged according to FIDE ratings.

The result of the match was 8,5-31,5 for Marshall Chess Club. A painful score for NCC.

Only two NCC players had a positive score. They were NCC most valuable players:

  • Paddy Murithi: +2.
  • Pierre Carbonnel: +1=1
  • Unfortunately, the match was not free of irregularities, mainly due to the inexperience of some players in this type of competition:

  • Sarthak’s opponent apparently had problems accepting the rematch as well as repeating disconnections.
  • Lochlan joined the match one hour later because of a local power outage
  • Collins didn’t manage to find his opponent and lost his individual encounter against Matt Biancuzzo
  • Dadson disconnected after losing his first game.
  • But all in all, the meeting took place in a friendly atmosphere and it was a useful learning experience.

    Final Results

    NAIROBI 8,5 – 31,5 MARSHALL
    Pierre Carbonnel 1,5 – 0,5 Luka Glinsky
    Mehul Gohil 1 – 1 Cooper Brown
    Jay Naker 0 – 2 James Burkle
    Willy Simons 0 – 2 Gary Patella
    Jackim Arigi 1 – 1 Sarah Budow
    Viacheslav Chvoro 0 – 2 Omkar Maralappanavar
    Peter Ndirangu 0 – 2 Justin King
    Dadson Rwamba 0 – 2 Bas Jaspers
    Veniamin Negru 0 – 2 Ben Lazaroff
    Sarthak Patnaik 1 – 1 Nick Sonnenberg
    Lochlan Wilson 0 – 2 Yvette Fannell
    Reyansh Agarwal 1 – 1 Leudy Rosario
    Andrei Negru 0 – 2 Michael Sayers
    Johnmark Mugo 0 – 2 Richard Koppenaal
    Collins Oduor 0 – 2 Matt Biancuzzo
    Cyril Teddy 0 – 2 Luran He
    Nandini Sardana 0 – 2 Axel Peters
    Aseem Sardana 0 – 2 Zor
    Paddy Murithi 2 – 0 Ken Kaplan
    Caleb Omondi 1 – 1 Baylee Badwy

    All games of this match:

    In 2009 NCC organized an online 6-board match against Wageningen Chess Club (The Netherlands) and established a milestone in international projection.
    Now, 14 years later, and in an interval of 2 years, NCC has played 8 online international matches with more than 10 boards each time. The ones against Crewe in 2022 and against Marshall in 2023, breaking the record with 20 boards (!!)

    Being founded in 1958, Nairobi Chess Club is the oldest chess club in East Africa, and also leader in approaching not only chess to people, but also approaching people through chess.

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