Results of Sunday’s Fizza Gorilla Blitz Championships sponsored by Aslam Adam and Mehul ‘Gorilla’ Gohil and hosted by Nairobi Chess Club are as follows:
- Martin Gateri – 9 points out of 14 (won the tie-break)
- George Mwangi – 9 points
- George Nderitu – 8.5 points
- Ben Magana – 7.5 points (won the tie-break)
- Mehul Gohil – 7.5 points
- Wang’ombe Mugo – 6 points
- Austin Okeyo – 5 points
- Joseph Methu – 3.5 points
Some highlights from the event:
A ‘Press Corner’ was set up with 3 laptops to help update the event live on Nairobi Chess Club’s Facebook page.
After many phone calls and frantic texts to defending champion Martin Gateri, he finally arrived at the tournament venue to the relief of his stronger opponents, Mehul Gohil, Ben Magana and George Mwangi.
With a higher prize fund at stake, a stronger playing field and a newly introduced time control, the tension was palpable on the participants’ faces.
In the end, everyone had a good time, with tournament arbiters Mike Rua (standing far right) and Collins Young (standing far left) and tournament director Kim Bhari (standing in the middle) doing an excellent job at keeping the event running smoothly.