Kitale School dominated last weekend’s Trans Nzoia Open Chess championships, ahead of national trials for this year’s Africa Junior Chess Championships set for Namibia in December.
With the championships serving as North Rift trials, the hosts won major titles in various ages as top three finishers in each category got a slot to represent the region at the national championships set for Nyer’s Bishop Katimo Girls.
In the lowest rank of under 8 category, Abigail Motian and Elvis kakoi won the title for girls’ and boys’ respectively leading Kitale school to the podium. Motian and kakoi led her counterparts Arlen Jerop and Brillian Gates to third places as Lamplighter’s Angel Judith and Brevis Morris from AGC Dorothy school were second in both gender.
Abel Nato won the boys’ under 10 title for Kitale ahead of Lamblighter’s duo of Arnold Njoroge and Bonventure Nyatuka in second and third positions as the hosts missed on the podium with Rayzon school’s Angel Chelangat and Angel Chebaibai were in first and second postions while Legacy school’s Ashley Kerubo was third.
Kitale school Anegla Wanjiku and Bakhita Chebet led a 1-2 podium finish before their neighbor Jack and Jil’s Becky Barasa coming in third in the under 12 girls category, which was a repeat in boys when Adrian Samba and Andriel Njogu were in top two with legacy based Alvan Kigene in third.
The school also shone in boys’ under 14 when Adrian Atsiaya won the title with Bradley Kwendo in third as St. Joseph’s Bob Kipruto was second as St. Joseph girl’s Cheryl Moraa winning girls category ahead of Rayzon’s duo of Winnie Mukiri and Joy Lukala
In other results, Kibabii swept the podium in boys’ under 16 led by Allan Masai, Alpha Nyongesa and Geoffrey Ataro for first second and third positions respectively. Belinda Rono and Dorcas Kerubo from St. Jpseph’s Girls won positions 1 and 2 ahead of Esther Sankok from Lorento Convent, Matunda.
The oldest category was the under 18 with Beryl Tsikhungu of St. Joseph girls winning the title ahead of St. Monica’s Brenda Chebet and Brenda Cheserek from Loreto Convent, Matunda to third while Abdulhakim Juma from Kibabii was the boys’ winner edging out Alfred Akala from Seeds high school and Augustine Nandasaba of Kibabii