In a shocking and unprecedented incident, the Kenya Open Chess Championship in Nairobi was rocked by a case of identity fraud. A man, cleverly disguised as a woman, managed to cheat his way through to the female section of the tournament, causing a stir among players, officials, and spectators alike.
The impostor, whose true identity remains unknown, had disguised himself by wearing a niqab, a traditional veil worn by Muslim women that covers the face and head, leaving only the eyes exposed. To maintain his cover, the fraudster never spoke to anyone, furthering the illusion that he was indeed a woman.
Under the name Millicent Awuor, the impostor managed to register for the tournament and even fooled the tournament staff, who never suspected anything amiss. However, his scheme began to unravel when he started beating some of the top female players in the tournament.
His first major victory came against former national champion Gloria Jumba, whose defeat raised eyebrows and aroused suspicions among other players and the arbiters. However, it was when he defeated the Ugandan top player Ampaira Shakira that the situation became truly suspicious.
Other players began to complain about the impostor’s unusual behavior and physique, and soon, the tournament officials were alerted. They immediately launched an investigation, and upon closer inspection, it became apparent that Millicent Awuor was not who he claimed to be.
The impostor’s disguise was quickly removed, revealing his true identity, which has not been disclosed to the public. He was disqualified from the tournament, and an inquiry was launched into how he was able to cheat his way through the registration process undetected.
The incident has caused outrage and concern among the chess community, with many calling for stricter measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. The Kenya Chess Federation has issued a statement condemning the fraudster’s actions and vowing to take measures to ensure the integrity of future tournaments.