Kenya ladies team comprising of WFM Joyce Nyaruai Ndirangu, Lucy Wanjiru, Daphne Mwikali and Sasha Mongeli beat stiff competition to defeat Senegal 4-0 during the 4th round of 2018 World Chess Olympiad.

Woman Fide Master Joyce Ndirangu was up on material and winning easily over Senegal Bobrova Leonidovna. Bobrova made a white 16th H3 move that began to give Joyce an advantage. The Senegalese made Bxd6 move that saw her loose to the Kenyan.

Lucy Wanjiru who is making her debut at the global competition is upbeat of great performances after her victory on Thursday over Senegalese.

“My preparation for this game began immediately after the pairings were displayed online. By 1am in the morning, I had figured out what to play and psyched myself up for the game. The second part of the preparation involved a gym session after waking up and an energy boost diet”, said Lucy.

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She started off the game a signature move, e4. Black’s response was clearly chess theory that she was already familiar with. The game was very easy to win her opponent made a blunder on the seventh move.

“After her blunder, I pulled off a series of forced moves that landed white into trouble and within seven more moves, I won the game by checkmate. “said a delighted Wanjiru.


Sasha Mongeli defeated Senegalese Dianhka Fatou after her opponent played Nxe4.  Sasha responded with a Qe2 move to pin the knight. This led to Fatou playing Be7which was a blunder since it left the knight hanging, Sasha captured the knight then Fatou castled.

The Kenyan then played Bd3 threatening mate in one. The pressure of the game saw the Senegalese respond with f6.

The next three moves that included Qf5 check mate saw Sasha emerge victorious during the


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