The schools and universities tournament was held over the weekend at Makini School, where 5 players qualified for the 2nd phase of the Olympiad qualifier to be held at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Nairobi, from February 27th to March 2nd.
Newcomer Elsie Omondi of Makini School was the surprise ladies winner and Victor Karani took the men’s tile, with Nicodemus Ndonye, Kamadi Akidiva and David Kinoti finishing in that order.
On Saturday, Baricho Boys High School, Kirinyaga County, hosted the 26th Mt. Kenya Junior Chess Championship, attracting 261 players from 15 schools. Nyeri High and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu won the secondary section whereas in the primary section, Nyeri Good Shepherd Academy carried the day. The event was organized by the Mt. Kenya Chess Academy.
Meanwhile Chess Kenya (CK) will embark on a promotional tour in Coast and Eastern provinces before the school term ends, in its continued Chess in Schools initiative. “Our aim is to pick the National Junior team for the World Youth Chess Championship, to be held from September 18th - 30th in Durban, South Africa entirely from an inter-schools competition” according to the General Secretary Joseph Atwoli.
CK, together with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), is in the process of unveiling the biggest tournament this decade dubbed the East Africa Open to be held during the Easter holiday and players are expected to come from the Eastern Africa region and beyond, with a budget of over Kes. 800,000. The KCF is set to sponsor half that amount.
Quiz: Find the best move for black, who exploits the weakness of a pinned piece. GM Gata Kamsky vs GM Ding Liren - Aeroflot Open, 2011.
Solution: 1…. Re8 2.Bf4 Re1+ 2.Rf1 Qxf3 3.Qxf3 Bxd4+