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Kenya announces Teams for 44th Chess Olympiad 2022

The Kenya Olympic Chess Team has been chosen for the upcoming 44th Chess Olympiad 2022, which will take place in Chennai, India, from 28th July to 10th August 2022. LIVE now: Grand Chess Tour Romania 2022 / TePe Sigeman & Co 2022 / Mitropa Chess Cup 2022

The grueling selection process contained three phases and culminated in the final 3rd phase at the KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka. The final qualification stage had 11 players in both Open and Women’s sections, slugging it out over the weekends of 28th-30th January and 4th-6th February 2022. The best five players of each competition secured the spot in Kenya’s National Team for the 2022 Chess Olympiad. Popular: India teams for Chess Olympiad 2022 announced / Malawi determined Teams for Chess Olympiad 2022 / Sri Lanka Teams for Chess Olympiad 2022 announced

Kenya Team (Open Section):

  1. Ben Nguku Namale
  2. Githinji Hinga
  3. Martin Njoroge
  4. Oluka Robert Mcligeyo
  5. Issac Mukoko
    Captain: CM Ben Magana

The Women’s Qualifiers event ended dramatically as WCM Joyce Nyaruai and WFM Mongeli Sasha qualified directly, leaving only three available spots behind. Four players had the same score of 6.5 points and the three names for Kenya’s Women’s 2022 team needed to be decided in playoffs which were played as a 3 rounds round-robin event.

The playoff worked well for Madelta Glenda and Mutisya Jully who took the first two places and booked their seats for Chennai, however, the two other players: Nicole Albright and Cynthia Obando Awino tied for the third place and needed to play the extra match. Even the two-round match with a time control of 5 mins + 3 sec between the two tied players didn’t determine the 5th player of Kenya’s team, but Cynthia Awino Obondo prevailed in the sudden death (Armageddon) to grab the last available spot for Olympiad. Related: German Team for 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 to be captained by Jan Gustafsson

Kenya Team (Women’s Section):

  1. WCM Joyce Nyaruai Ndirangu
  2. WFM Sasha Mongeli
  3. Glenda Madelta
  4. Jully Mutisya
  5. Cynthia Awino Obondo
    Captain: Moses Andiwoh

To achieve more remarkable results at the Olympiad, Chess Kenya secured the coaching services of GM Marian Petrov (2462) from Bulgaria. Read more: Indian team starts preparations for 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 #TweetOftheDay / Boris Gelfand got an important role in Indian’s Team and believes they can go the distance at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022

Final rankings – Kenya Qualifiers for Chess Olympiad 2022:

Rk. NameFEDRtgPts. 
1CMMagana Ben KEN20818
2 Namale Ben Nguku KEN20007.5
3 Hinga Githinji KEN19707
4 Njoroge Martin KEN19015.5
5 Oluka Robert Mcligeyo KEN16385.5
6 Mukoko Isaac KEN17745
7 Maina Chris KEN17364.5
8 Shile Lenny Mataiga KEN17514
9 Ndegwa Jackson Kamau KEN19104
10 Nyaga James Kabui KEN18553
11 Mwangi John Milton Kihara KEN18391

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Final rankings – Kenya Women’s Qualifiers for Chess Olympiad 2022:

Rk. NameFEDRtgPts. 
1WCMNdirangu Joyce Nyaruai KEN16657.5
2WFMMongeli Sasha KEN16097.5
3 Madelta Glenda KEN14556.5
4 Mutisya Jully KEN13446.5
5 Nicole Albright KEN12376.5
6 Obondo Cynthia Awino KEN13416.5
7WCMWanjiru Lucy KEN15865.5
8 Mwendwa Triza KEN14034
9 Matei Veronicah KEN12873
10 Jerop Sheila KEN13621
11 Muthoni Vivian KEN13600.5

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