The Equity Chess Club successfully defended its best corporate team title at the Mombasa Chess Derby on the Huduma holiday weekend.
Equity’s Matthew Kanegeni finished second with 6 points out of 7. He lost to fide master Haruna Nasubuga from Uganda, who emerged as the overall winner of the tournament without losing games.
Team Equity won the corporate category with 26 points, ahead of the KCB teams with 24.5 points and Jomo Kenyatta University, followed by the institutional participants.
Equity team captain Njagi Kabugu praised the team for their persistence, saying, “It was not an easy tournament but the team fought hard and came out victorious. We have also learned important lessons that we will improve, especially in the individual categories. ”
Equity Chess team manager Bernard Wanjala also praised the team for a good performance at the event, noting that this is the third time the team has taken the title.
The organizer Paul Ombui from the Mombasa Chess Club thanked the teams for the success of the event and urged the participants to continue protecting themselves against COVID-19. He said, “As you know, COVID-19 is not a joke. We have to protect each other as players and also pay attention to the chess family. ”
The Mombasa chess derby was on hiatus in 2020 following restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the tournament resumed this year. The games were held under strict COVID-19 health protocols with over 250 participants from 5 different countries competing in the open, women and junior sections of the international festival.