Last Saturday, 23rd July 2011, Dutch GM Dimitri Reinderman took on 35 Kenyans in a simultaneous exhibition at Hotel Jacaranda as part of his 7-day ‘chess clinic’.
As is normal at Kenyan chess events, the ‘simul’ (what a simultaneous exhibition is known as in chess terms) was delayed by half an hour due to the late arrival of some participants. Dimitri almost expected it as he looked at his watch at 12.50 am and jokingly asked if the simul would begin in the next 10 minutes.
At about 1.36 pm, after all of his opponents had been seated and the rules explained to them, the simul finally began with this:
The ladies were represented in good numbers too:
Local television station KBC, was the only channel from mainstream Kenyan media covering the event:
By 2.05 pm, Harold Wanyama, East Africa’s strongest chess player looked like he was in trouble:
GM Dimitri’s first casualty (at 2.43 pm) was Sumit Deshpande, a junior participant:
Purity Gachigi, a veteran of Kenyan ladies’ chess who has represented the country at past Olympiads, replaced Sumit to become GM Dimitri’s 33rd opponent:
At 2.51 pm, this is what the room looked like:
At 3.48 pm, Asim Shah representing Tarpo Industries Ltd, the main sponsor of the event, had no moves left. The expression on his face says it all:
Mike Kinuthia, one of only 2 players to draw against the GM, making history at 4.19 pm:
At 5.18 pm, I took my last photo of the event—that of GM Dimitri signing a junior participant’s score sheet as he resigns:
An hour or so after I left the venue, GM Dimitri Reinderman finally ended his simultaneous exhibition against 35 Kenyans by handing Bryan Taboso, one of two contestants representing Chess Kenya, the final loss of the evening. It was 7.40 pm by then.
Update: For more photos from the simultaneous exhibition, have a look at the album ‘GM Dimitri Reinderman v/s Kenya – Simultaneous Exhibition’ on our Facebook page.