Kenya's WFM Sanjana Deshpande wins a bronze medal at the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship Print
Friday, 07 April 2017 11:03

WFM Sanjana Deshpande wins a bronze medal at the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship

By Kim Bhari
www.kenyachessmasala.com

Kenya’s WFM Sanjana Deshpande proved she’s got what it takes to take on the best ladies in the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship when she brought home the bronze medal, after putting up a sterling performance.

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WFM Sanjana Deshpande of Kenya on her way to a bronze medal. Photo credit Mrs Sandhya Deshpande.

WFM Sanjana underscored her prowess in the event that was held in Jimma, Ethiopia from 25th March to 3rd April 2017, noting that she was beaten to the silver medal by the highly rated Egyptian WIM Eman Elansary on tie break, with both players tying on 6.5 points out of a possible 9.

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WIM Eman Elansary of Egypt on her way to a silver medal. Photo credit Mrs Sandhya Deshpande.

The winner of the event was WIM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt who ended with a perfect score of 9 out of 9 points to go home with the first prize of USD 750.

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Proud winner WIM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt. Photo credit Mrs Sandhya Deshpande.

Gwen Jumba of Kenya ended up in 7th position with a respectable 4.5 points out of 9 points.

In the Open section Ricky Sang ended up in 6th place with 5.5 points while Peter Gilruth ended up in 8th place with 5 out of 9 points. Both earned the much deserved CM (Candidate Master) title by virtue of scoring more than 50% in a continental tournament.

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Ricky Sang of Kenya (with red shirt) receives a gift from the organisers. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

Kenya’s other representatives Ramesh Vasanth ended up in 24th position with 3 points and Sumit Desphande who was the youngest contestant in the event ended up in 26th position with 3 points as well. Sumit Deshpande was presented with a special prize for being youngest contestant.

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Peter Gilruth of Kenya (left) on his way to victory against Nadir Samir of Sudan in round 8. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

The Open section was won by GM Essam El Gindy with 8 points and who went home with USD 800 as the first prize. He will also represent Zone 4.2 in the 2017 FIDE World Cup which will take place in Batumi, Georgia from 1st to 25th September 2017.

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Proud siblings from Team Kenya. Sumit Deshpande and WFM Sanjana Deshpande. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.


2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship – Rest Day

By Kim Bhari
www.kenyachessmasala.com


The 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship going on in Jimma, Ethiopia had a well deserved rest day on 29th March 2017.

The players took time to visit the Jimma Museum on the outskirts of the town.

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Entrance to Jimma Museum. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

The players got a chance to sample some of the world famous Arabica coffee which is grown in Ethiopia.

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Players get an introduction to the coffee. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

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Coffee being roasted. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

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Fabric with the portrait of the late Emperor Haile Selassie. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

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Group photo of all the players and officials. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande. 


2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship – Day 3

By Kim Bhari
www.kenyachessmasala.com

Kenya’s Peter Gilruth (2186) held the top seeded and tournament favourite Egyptian GM Essam El Gindy (2448) to a draw in the 3rd round of the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championship currently underway in Jimma, Ethiopia.

There was a loud cheer on social media to celebrate this amazing result from Kenya’s highest ranked player. The cheerful and ever helpful Peter Gilruth has a number of victories in many Kenyan events which includes the 58th Nairobi Chess Club Championship held in August 2016 and the 5th Capablanca Cup held in February 2015.

I think the photo below illustrates the mind set of the two contestants at the start of their game.

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“Simba wa Kenya” aka Peter Gilruth concentrates in equal measure against GM Essam El Gindy of Egypt at the start of their game. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

We now present the 73 move game which must have caused great apprehension in the Egyptian camp who are used to getting podium spots in Zone 4.2 events by being the top nation in the group. Game annotated by Mehul Gohil.

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Ricky Sang of Kenya patiently waits for his opponent. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

In other news Ricky Sang of Kenya defeated Teshome Bekele Geleta of Ethiopia, while Sumit Deshpande and Vasanth Ramesh both lost their games to Yirga Mituku of Ethiopia and FM Nadir Samir of Sudan respectively.

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WFM Sanjana Deshpande (left) at the start of her game against Ivy Amoko of Uganda. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

In the Women’s section WFM Sanjana Deshpande lost to Ivy Amoko of Uganda while Gwen Jumba defeated Peninah Nannozi of Uganda.



2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship – Day 1

Team Kenya got off to a rocky start yesterday at the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship which started on 26th March and runs to 3rd April 2017 in the historic city of Jimma, Ethiopia.

Peter Gilruth, Ricky Sang, Sanjana Deshpande all registered victories while Sumit Deshpande, Vasanth Ramesh and Gwen Jumba lost their respective games.

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Peter Gilruth from Kenya (left) on his way to victory against Abie Tilahun of Ethiopia during their round 1 encounter. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

The Open section has 30 players from 7 seven Federations: Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, Sudan, Djibouti, Seychelles and hosts Ethiopia.

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Kenyan player Ricky Sang (left) on his way to victory against Ethiopian player Mohamed Abasimel. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

The highest ranked players in the Open section are Egyptians GM Essam El Gandy at 2448 followed by IM Ameir Moheb at 2409. The 3rd ranked player is Ugandan star FM Patrick Kawuma who is 130 Elo points lower at 2279 followed by Nadir Semir of Sudan at 2196.

Nadir Semir was the board 1 player when Sudan held the fancied Bulgaria to a 2-2 draw during the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

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Kenyan player Sumit Deshpande (left) takes on Ugandan star player FM Patrick Kawuma. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

Peter Gilruth of Kenya is ranked 5th at 2186.

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Yigra Nigussie of Ethiopia (left) won his game against Kenyan Vasanth Ramesh. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

The Ladies section has 17 players from 4 federations: Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, Seychelles, and host Ethiopia.

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Gwen Jumba of Kenya (left) v Beyene Teklu Masho of Ethiopia during their Round 1 encounter. Gwen Jumba lost her game. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

Top ranked and clear favorite in this event is WIM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt who is rated 2092 while her compatriot WIM Elsasary Eman is 1900.

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WFM Sanjana Deshpande of Kenya (left) takes on Peninah Nannozi of Uganda. Sanjana won her game. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.

An interesting observation is that both Egyptian stars IM Ameir Moheb and WIM Elsasary Eman have played in Kenya during the 7th FASU Games held in 2015.

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In pole position is WIM Wafa Shahenda (left) during her round 1 encounter against Ethiopian Melake Aster. Photo credit Sandhya Deshpande.



Team Kenya all set for the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship

Team Kenya have landed safely in the historic city of Jimma, Ethiopia for the 2017 Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship which is being hosted by the Ethiopia Chess Federation from 26th March to 3rd April 2017.

Team Kenya has Peter Gilruth, Ricky Sang, Vasanth Ramesh, Gwen Jumba and siblings Sanjana Deshpande and Sumit Deshpande.

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Team Kenya from left Ricky Sang, Peter Gilruth, Gwen Jumba, Vasanth Ramesh, Sumit Deshpande and Sanjana Deshpande. Photo credit Mrs Deshpande.

The 9 round event will have an Open section and Ladies section.

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Jimma Abajifar Airport. Photo credit Mrs Deshpande.

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Hotel where the players will be staying. Photo credit Mrs Deshpande.

The winner in the Ladies section will go home with USD 750. Other prizes include USD 500, USD 250, USD 150 and USD 50 for the 2nd, 4rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

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Hotel where the players are staying. Photo credit Mrs Deshpande.

The winner in the Open Section will qualify to represent Africa in the 2017 FIDE World Cup which will take place in Batumi, Georgia from 1st to 25th September 2017.

Zone 4.2 consists of the following13 countries; Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

We wish Team Kenya the best of luck in this tough event.

 
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