Newbies upset Giants at Kenya Chess Open
Teenager Timothy Mwabu, 15, from Alliance High earned his place on the table of Champions when he floored Candidate Master Ricky Sang .
Defending champion Fide Master Harold Wanyama was among the top rated players who lost to underdogs at the ongoing Kenya Chess Open tournament.
Harold lost to Tom Amwai while other bigshots who had a disappointing start include Olympians Ben Nguku, Jackson Kamau and Ricky Sang who lost their opening round of the annual showpiece held at KCB Leadership Center in Karen, Nairobi.
The upsets signal a upsurge of new talent as a generation of young players wrestle with veterans. Among them is teenager Timothy Mwabu, 15, from Alliance High who earned his place on the table of Champions when he floored Candidate Master Ricky Sang in the opening round. Mwabu won the 2018 under 15 class. Eyes are now fixed on the chess prodigy who has dominated the junior section as the National champion for the last three years.
In the ladies competitions, tournament favourite Woman Candidate Master Joyce Nyaruai had a perfect start in her title defense campaign against an army of determined players. The category remains unpredictable as seeded players like Gloria Jumba and 2018 runner's up Woman Candidate Master Sasha Mwongeli started with wins too.
The tournament has attracted over 150 players from Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya