A younger man carrying a niqab and glasses performed 4 rounds of the Nairobi Ladies’s Chess Open earlier than being uncovered.
“I do not assume something prefer it has ever occurred wherever on the planet,” mentioned John Mukabi, secretary common of the Kenyan Chess Federation.
Mukabi mentioned that after the imposter was unmasked he defined that he had finished it as a result of he had a greater probability of successful the ladies’s competitors prizemoney.
The thirty first Kenya Open, a world chess competitors in Nairobi from April 6-10, attracted 445 individuals, with 84 entries within the girls’s match.
One veiled participant, silent and elusive, attracted growing suspicion because the rounds progressed.
“The primary trace that there was one thing flawed was after I went round with a photographer to take footage of the competitors,” Mukabi informed AFP on Sunday.
“Once we went again to the pc to place within the names, the identify was Milicent Awour. We have been anticipating a Muslim identify. It was a bit odd however it’s doable that there are folks with Christian names who’re Muslims.”
He mentioned match officers have been additionally growing doubts.
“The arbiters additionally seen one thing: after video games, this particular person disappears and solely comes again with a couple of minutes to the beginning of the subsequent spherical,” mentioned Mukabi.
“Anyone additionally seen that the shoulders regarded extra male than feminine… Even the rubber footwear he was carrying, they have been largely related to males.”
The thriller competitor was additionally scoring good outcomes.
“The opposite factor is he had defeated a really skilled girl, who participated six instances within the World Chess Olympiad for Kenya,” mentioned Mukabi.
After spherical 4, the officers made their transfer. It was checkmate in a single.
“After that sport, the arbiters took him apart and one feminine arbiter went with him to the washrooms the place he was requested to take away the hijab. On reaching there, he instantly simply admitted that he was a male. He was withdrawn and the scores reversed.”
“He mentioned monetary issues led him to try this,” mentioned Mukabi. “Within the males’s part, he had no probability in any respect, we had Grand Masters, Worldwide Masters…”
The younger man, who’s a scholar on the College of Nairobi, is because of seem earlier than the Kenyan chess federation’s disciplinary committee subsequent week. He faces a suspension of a number of years.
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