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Chess Kenya bans man busted competing in Women’s category.

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Chess Kenya has banned Stanley Omondi, a male chess player who two days ago was caught wearing a burqa to participate in the women’s section of the 2023 Kenya Open Chess Championship.

In its statement, the federation through its National Disciplinary Committee (NDC), said it found Omondi guilty of both offenses and banned him for three years.

The first offense was that a University of Nairobi student “knowingly, while male, entered and played in the women’s section of the 2023 Kenya Open Chess Championship”.

Another issue was that “he used a different name (Millicent Awuor) and not your real name Stanley Omondi to register and play in the women’s division of the event”.

In its decision, the Victor Ng’ani-led NDC said it took into account Omondi’s cooperation with the body, including his written response admitting to the offence.

Omondi, who refused to appear in person before the NDC to defend himself, may appeal against the decision at the next Chess Kenya general meeting.

“Recognizing your complicity and that you are a first offender, the National Disciplinary Committee imposes sanctions on you by banning you from participating in all Chess and Chess Kenya tournaments for a period of three (3) years from today, April 20, 2023,” NDC it said.

Speaking after being surprised at the end of the second day of the competition organized at the Sarit Expo Center in Nairobi from April 5-10, Omondi said the financial problems he was struggling with at university pushed him to cheat in the competition.

He was targeting a cash prize of 500,000 shillings for the winner of the women’s category. He avoided playing the open part, where 1 million shillings was at stake, and which was reserved for all the men and women who volunteered for the competition.

With seven Grandmasters, seven International Masters, seven Fide Masters and five Masters Candidates competing in the Open section, he certainly had a slim chance of winning.

He covered his head and face completely and wore glasses over a small opening that revealed his eyes.

Unlike the other players, she did not speak to anyone and raised eyebrows after easily defeating former Kenyan Women’s National Chess Championship winner Gloria Jumba (ranked 1487) and Uganda’s top player Ampaira Shakira (1702). .

Many local chess players who participated in the tournament began to wonder where “he” was at other important national chess tournaments.

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