The schools qualifiers for a slot in the 2nd phase of the Olympiad qualifiers will be held at Makini School, Ngong Road, on February 15-16, 2014. Entry fee is Sh400, with time the control being 1 hour per player to finish the game in a 7-round thriller. Only students from learning institutions are legible to participate.
Meanwhile a delegation of Chess Kenya (CK) officials embarked on a 4-day visit of Kisumu County from this week. So far, they have distributed chess sets and conducted clinics at Kisumu Boys High, Kisumu Girls Secondary, Kisumu Day Secondary and Bunyore Girls High School. This is in line with the mandate of promoting the chess in schools initiative. In fact, CK is set to get a major boost from the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) of 5,000 tournament standard chess boards worth Sh7.5 million to be distributed to 1,000 schools across the 47 counties.
Ben Magana, the national chess champion, finished 40th out of 281 players in the 1st African Online Blitz tournamnet—Kirsan Cup 2014 on Sunday, to emerge the top Kenyan and scooped US$100 awarded to the top finisher in every federation. Kenya fielded 6 players, Uganda 7 and Tanzania 12 with Tunisia’s Hedi Bouflija pocketing the winner’s trophy and US$ 1,000.
World number 2 Levon Aronian won the 76th edition of Tata Steel chess tournament also well-known as Wijk aan Zee that took place for the first time in 3-locations for the Master’s Group.
Puzzle: White to play and win
solution. 1.Qh7+ Kf8 2. Re1 Be7 3.Qxg7+ Ke8 4.Qf8+ Kd7 5.Qxe7+ Kc8 6.Bf5+ Kb8 7.Bf4+ Ka7 8. Be4 Qd7 9.Qc5#