CM Wachira Wachania has emerged victorious after 2 grueling days in Nairobi which saw him secure the first KCF sponsored ticket to the Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City in October.

Wachira first overcame Martin Njoroge in the blitz stage of the semi-finals and he held his nerve in the final stage blitz play-offs to defeat Chess Kenya secretary general Joseph Atwoli who ended second.

The event also saw more than 36 junior players receive trophies for the age group sections ranging from u/8 to u/18.

GM Maurice Ashley recorded a perfect 30/30 in his simultaneous display on Sunday afternoon while he was also in fine form entertaining the local players with his live commentary during the final playoffs stages.

KCF would like to thank all our co-sponsors as well as the great team from Nairobi Gymkhana who made their excellent facilities available to us throughout the duration of the tournament.

Final standings from all sections are available at

We also to wish to thank Kim Bhari who has posted more than 400 photos from the tournament on the page of the Nairobi Chess Club - These can be viewed at

We wish Wachira the best of luck in Atlantic City and we look forward to the forthcoming tournaments in both Nigeria and South Africa this weekend where the other two qualifiers will be selected!