Teen Gosrani stuns national chess champ Nyaruai


Woman Fide master (WFM) Claire Ivy Amoko (L) from Uganda in action against Woman candidate ...
Woman Fide master (WFM) Claire Ivy Amoko (L) from Uganda in action against Woman candidate master (WCM) Joyce Ndirangu Nyaruai from Kenya during their KCB Kenya Open Chess championship at KCB Leadership Centre in Karen on March 31, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Teenager Naiya Gosrani caused a major upset in the on-going National Chess Championships after she downed defending champion Joyce Nyaruai
  • The 13 year old Gosrani, a student at Hillcrest School needed 57 moves to win the match that lasted more than four hours

Teenager Naiya Gosrani caused a major upset in the on-going National Chess Championships after she downed defending champion Joyce Nyaruai.

The 13-year-old Gosrani, a student at Hillcrest School needed 57 moves to win the match that lasted more than four hours.

Gosrani has been in great shape this year and won a bronze medal during the Africa Youth Chess Championships held in Kisumu in August.

National men champion Benjamin Magana also found the going tough after being held by Joseph Maigwa and both players picked just half a point each.

Like the women champion, it was a tough result for Magana who will be under pressure to do well in the remaining matches.

Another surprising result was youngster Milton Kihara upsetting Mehul Gohil in round two.

After the second round of matches, the leading pack with two points has Ben Nguku, George Ochieng, Kimani Kimingi, James Kabui, Daniel Gisore, Martin Oyamo, Victor Ngani, John Mukabi, Godfrey Mulaga, Moses Andiwo, Milton Kihara, Stephen Kariuki and Amos Simiyu.

The tournament continues today from 9a.m. The winner of the open category will walk away with Sh.100,000 while the ladies winner will pocket Sh.50,000. The tournament will also be used as the first stage of the qualifier for next year’s All-Africa Games in Morocco.

Other results: Terence Chazima 1-0 Joseph Atwoli, John Mukabi 1-0 Tom Amwai, Jackson Ndegwa 1-0t Mugo Mungai, Young Lourdes 1–1 Philip Singe, Brian Kirwa 0-1 Martin Oyamo, Martin Njoroge 1-0 Ian Ndugu, Fred Sagwe 1-0 Ndegwa Macharia.

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