SAFARICOM INTER UNIVERISITIES & COLLEGES TEAMS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2022

Tournament Report: The tournament took place at United States International University-USIU, Nairobi from Saturday, 21st May to Sunday, 22nd May 2022. This was the 2 nd edition of the event with Safaricom being the title sponsor. The arbitration team was led by International Arbiter (IA) James Kang’aru Mwangi. Assisted by FA Cheryl Ngima The other arbiters were NA David Lekopien, NA Ian Gichuguma, NA Thayu Macharia and Zadock Nyakundi. Chief Photographer was Eastmond Mwenda of TBE Productions. The Organizers were Lighthouse Chess Club with the Chairman, David Weswa, and International Organizer and School Instructor (IO/SI) Judith Kiragu overseeing the event.

Tournament Overview

The 2 nd Edition of The Inter Universities and Colleges Teams Chess Championship took place on the 21st to 22nd May 2022. The tournament was a 7 Round Teams - Swiss System. The time control was 30 minutes plus a 30 seconds increment per move, making the event become a Classical event. We had 20 teams taking part in the event, mainly;

1. Safaricom PLC

2. JKUAT – 2 teams

3. Strathmore

4. University of Nairobi

5. The Technical University of Kenya.

6. Kenyatta University

7. MKU – 2 teams.

8. Daystar University

9. USIU – Africa – 2 teams.

10. Kisii University

11. Kenya Methodist University

12. KCA University

13. Technical University of Mombasa – 2 teams

14. NIBS College

15. Kabarak University

16. Makerere University

The link to the tournament:here. View the list of participants with the teams: here 


Tournament reviews and Performances.

The Safaricom Inter Universities and Colleges Teams Chess Championship 2022 had a prize fund of Ksh 96,000 with the Top team winning Ksh 40,000. The 1 st Runners Up prizes got Ksh 25000, 2 nd Runners Up was Ksh 15000, the 4th and 5th placed team got Ksh 8000.

This was the first time in Kenya that we had a Classical event of 30 minutes plus 30 seconds increment approved by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and it will be FIDE Rated. As a Classical tournament, all the players were mandated to record their moves meeting the International standards.

The tournament used the updated FIDE chess rules.

Overall Top Universities:

1. University of Nairobi

2. Strathmore University

3. Jomo Kenyatta

4. Kabarak University

5. Kenya Methodist University Fi

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