On Saturday February 15th through Sunday February 16, Makini School, Ngong Road, will host the Westlands Chess Club (WECC) Youth Chess Challenge 2014. The entry fee per player is Sh400 for non-members of WECC but Sh300 for members, and participants must provide valid student identification before the start of round 1. Select winners will be seeded to the 2nd phase of the Olympiad qualifiers to be held from February 27th to March 2nd, in Nairobi.
As the date approaches, top players have been locked up in preparing for this phase which promises to be a grueling one. Some have been engaged is a series of matches, like Ricky Sang and Olympian Philip Singe, who won the 2nd game of the scheduled 4 to tie the score at 1 all.
Meanwhile a team of Chess Kenya (CK) officials led by the chairman Githinji Hinga, attended a 2-day seminar hosted by the Tanzania Chess Foundation from February 4 – 5 at the Serena Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. It was presided over by the legendary former world champion Garry Kasparov, whose visit was to promote chess as a tool for education and social development under a project dubbed ‘Chess for Grades’.
Kasparov, who is running for the presidency of the world governing chess body FIDE, against the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, acknowledged that ‘for most federations, the love of chess is there but the money and infrastructure are not. We know how to bring sponsors and build organizations.’
Quiz: The puzzle below is from a game between local players Paul Maloba and Dan Lubanga. How should white continue and force mate in more than 2 ways?