James Muchai reports:
The UoN Open took place as scheduled on Saturday, 12th March, attracting an unprecedented number of participants, 53 in total (some even had to be turned away for lack of equipment). The seven round rapid play event was held at the graduation square podium featuring players from UoN, KU, JKUAT, Egerton, Kenya Polytechnic, Strathmore University and Eastlands. At the end of seven rounds Paul Waweru from KU emerged victorious with maximum points to take home the winner’s prize [KES 2,000]. Tied for second place were Edward Oluoch [Egerton] and Brian Adorwa [Eastlands].
Rehema Kimulu, from KU clinched the ladies’ top prize [KES 1,500] with 5.5 points [behind only the top three] and in second place was Maryanne Wanjiru, also from KU.
The tourney was concluded with a few inspiring words for the budding chess players from Githinji Hinga.
The arbiters were James Muchai and Matthew Kiama.