The 2018 KCB Chess Open Championship witnessed the greatest rivalry between Kenyans Sasha Mwongeli, Joyce Nyaruai, Daphne Mwikali and Uganda’s Women Candidate Master Ivy Amoko.
By the end of the 4th round, Sasha took day two lead with four points followed closely by Joyce Ndirangu Nyaruai who edged out Uganda’s Ivy Amoko. Nyaruai managed three and half points to her name tying up with Daphne Mwikali while Amoko ended day two with two and half points.
WFM Ivy Amoko was tipped to be the favorite being highest rated with over 200 points rated at 1800.Other Ugandan expected to perform well was Angolikin Goreti who lost to U18 national champion Dorcas Wanjala during round two.
In the prestige section the 4th round was the climax of the KCB Chess when the two international masters clashed in a match that ended in a draw. The game pitted IM Ssegwanyi against his country mate International Master Elijah Emoojong.
The junior category attracted 65 players battling in 3 categories, U10, U12 and U16.
U16 national champion Timothy Mwabu seemed to have a field day having won all his 3 matches. Sunil Subramanian was second with three points while Mwangi Maliki emerged 3rd with 2 points.
The U 12 was a two horse race between highest rated player Mark Alando and Lwanda Aguda who ended the day on 3 points each and will be clashing on Sunday morning during the 4th round of KCB Chess open champion.
The U10 is likely to narrow down to reigning u-10 national champion CM Odongo Lwanga and Wanjala Samuel who was the runner up during national championship outing with both having 3 points heading into the 4th round of the KCB event.