• Kenya teams secure third round wins in Chess Olympiad

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Sep 25, 2010-

The Kenyan men and women teams opened their 2010 World Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, a Russian town that’s located deep in Siberia.

The men’s team saw the Kenyan team of four players winning against Bermuda 3-1 while the women’s beat Malawi 3.5-0.5 in the third round.

But the teams found the going tough in the fourth round with the men’s quartet only managing to score 0.5 against a strong a Hong Kong team who won by a 3.5-0.5 margin. The women’s team were outclassed 4-0 by Syria. 

Kenya’s men’s team is represented by Peter Gilruth, John Mukabi, Phillip Singe, Steve Ouma and Joseph Atwoli.

Only two Kenyan players are ranked with Mukabi at 2074 and Gilruth at 2202.

The ladies are represented by Purity Maina, Gloria Jumba, Rehema Maria, Elizabeth Esavwa and Rose Wabuti.  Each team has four players and a reserve.

Both teams had a troubled start losing their opening games. The men had the mishap of being paired against one of the home sides Russia V going down 1-3 before dropping a close 1.5-2.5 to Trinidad &Tobago the next day.

Russia is fielding five men's team and three in women.

The ladies were totally outplayed in the first two rounds going down 0-4 to the Indonesians in their opener before losing to Chile by the same margin. 

The tournament is using Swiss pairing system where teams with the same number of points are paired together for the next round. 

The Kenyan men’s team, which is seeded 132, is currently placed 120 out of the 150 countries with Russia II topping the standings. The top ranked African nation is Egypt ranked 40th while Uganda is the top ranked nation from the East African region at position 78.

The women’s team is currently lying at 101, which has Ukraine at the top of the 115 nation standings.

 A total of 11 rounds will be played over the 19-day Chess Olympiad with the last one being played on 3 October.


 Evelyn Watta

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