Collins Apiri son of legendary chess player Philip Apiri lost to Peniel weru in the boys under 10 championships. The tournament served as a qualifier for World youth championships to be held in Ankara,turkey from November 17.
By Sammy Kitula
Kenya's national boys' under-10 chess champion, Collins Apiri failed to make the team to the World Youth Championships to be held in Ankara, Turkey, from November 17 during the trials held at the Little Angels' Day Care Centre in Parklands, Nairobi.
It was a sweet revenge for Peniel Weru who defeated his perennial rival Apiri who had edged him out at a tournament earlier in the year, to grab the ticket to Turkey.
Weru amassed 5.5 points, with Apiri settling for fourth position on three. In what went down on record as the day's biggest upset, reigning national boys' under-12 champion, Ankush Nagda, failed to impress, falling by a point to his twin brother Akshay Nagda who won the category with six points.
In the girls' under-16 category, Esther Mimano qualified for the World Youth Championship without breaking sweat after her would be opponents failed to honour the match, while the girls' under-12 game will be repeated this weekend after Rivani Shah, Maureen Mbwaya and Tina Sathyanarayan all tied on three points.
Fridah Ngwaya amassed three points to qualify in the girls' under-eight contest with Dominic Nyonje claiming the boys' title in the same category with 2.5 points.
Rahul Mohan bagged the boys' under-14 title with four points after being declared the winner with a better head-to-head record against Aneurin Howarth, while Vaishnavi Rammohan amassed four points to take the girls' title in the same category.
In other results of the tournament, Allan Chege took the boys' under-16, Devisalini Sivaraj winning the girls' under-18 category and Leona Asiema taking the girls' under-10 title.