Photos by Paras Gudka, Jackson Kalema, and Samuel Wafula
Sajid Nurmohamed cemented his place as Mombasa’s strongest active chess player by winning the Mombasa U2200 Classical Tournament with 4 points from 4 rounds on Sunday, 7th November 2021. This was his second victory after winning the Pre Mombasa Open Practice Tournament in October.
His unfortunate victims included Brian Obwoge Omwoyo of South Eastern Kenya University, Noreen Nyambura Ndungu of Mombasa Technical Training Institute, Jackson Kioko Kalema of Mombasa Chess Club, and Samuel Wafula of Technical University of Mombasa.
Following him in second and third places respectively with 2.5 points each were Jackson Kalema, a teacher at Khadija Secondary School, and Shubh Jaideep Shah, a student at Oshwal Academy Mombasa.
Jackson’s points came from wins against Samuel Wafula and Shubh, a loss to Sajid, and a draw from Brian Omwoyo.
Shubh’s points came from a win against Jackson Thumbi of Mombasa Technical Training Institute, a loss to Jackson Kalema (who happens to be his coach), a draw from Brian, and a bye.
Other prize winners to walk away with cash in brown envelopes at Khadija Secondary School on the warm Sunday afternoon were:
- Jackson Thumbi (Best Unrated Player) – 2 pts
- Samuel Wafula (Best University Player) – 2 pts
- Noreen Nyambura Ndungu (Best Female Player) – 1 pt
A total of eight players participated in the tournament organised by IA Paras Gudka (also the Chief Arbiter) and Jackson Kalema, with support from Khadija Secondary School (venue partner), Madafu Newspaper (media partner) and an anonymous sponsor from Nairobi.
The next Paras Gudka Chess Event is likely to be a FIDE-rated blitz tournament on Sunday, 28th November. If confirmed, details will be available via the Chess Events Calendar page.