The Kenya Olympiad Team has been chosen for the upcoming Chess Olympiad, which will take place in Moscow, Russia’s capital city, from 26th July to 8th August 2022.
The gruelling selection process culminated in the Final 3rd Phase at the KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka. The Final Phase had 11 players slugging it out over the weekends of 28th-30th January and 4th-6th February 2022.
The final team for the Open section is an interesting one made up of veterans led by CM Ben Magana, Ben Nguku and Githinji Hinga. The other two members are upcoming youngsters Martin Njoroge and 17-year-old Robert Mcligeyo, making their maiden Olympiad appearance.
One of the final phase surprises was when Jackson Kamau, a top player and veteran of the 2014 Olympiad team, failed to make it. He ended up with 4 points and 9th in the ranking.
The following game is reminiscent from the Paul Morphy era!
CM Ben Magana was the overall winner with 8 points out of the 11 rounds. He was undefeated with 7 wins and 4 draws.
This section ended dramatically as WCM Joyce Nyaruai and WFM Mongeli Sasha qualified directly, leaving four players in third place.
Mutisya Jully, Madelta Glenda, Nicole Albright, and Obando Cynthia Awino were the four players who tied for third place.
Madelta Glenda and Mutisya Jully qualified for the team after a single round-robin event for the four players.
Nicole Albright and Cynthia Obando Awino tied for joint 3rd place. The tie for 3rd place necessitated a two-round match with a time control of 5 mins + 3 sec between these two tied contestants. The two-round match ended in a draw. Cynthia, however, prevailed in the sudden death (Armageddon) to grab the final slot.
The following will make up the Kenya National Chess Team from the Ladies section
➢ WCM Joyce Nyaruai
➢ WFM Sasha Mongeli
➢ Madelta Glenda
➢ Jully Mutisya
➢ Cynthia Obando Awino
For Madelta Glenda, Jully Mutisya, and Cynthia Awino Abando, the 2022 Moscow Olympiad will be their maiden event.
Final Phase Selection Tournament on chess-results.com
PGNs – Open Final Phase 2022.
PGNs – Ladies Final Phase 2022.
2022 Kenya Olympiad Qualifiers Second Phase.