Defending champion Martin Njoroge will join other 200 players will be thronging Nairobi’s Charter Hall for the annual Kenya National Chess Championships starting from tomorrow.

Njoroge, who won the title last year will join top players like former champion Mehul Gohil, who had won the 2019 title, among other top players in the Open Section will be competing on who will drive home a Mazda Demio as a champion and the championships will be used to select a team for major championships next year.

With the title holder in the race, Njoroge, apart from Gohil, Candidate Masters Ben Magana, Ben Nguku, Ramesh Vasanth, John Mukabi, Lwanga Agunda, Lwanga Otieno, Robert Mcligeyo, Joseph Methu, Matthew Kamau, Githinji Hinga and Victor Ngani.

In the ladies section, defending champion the Woman Fide Master Sasha Mongeli, Woman Candidate Master Joyce Nyaruai and former World Women’s Amateur Under-1700 Chess Champion Madelta Glenda will face off.

The second and third place finishers in the Open section will receive Sh 100,000 and 50,000 respectively.

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