Research has proved that playing chess helps kids improve their academic grades and that is why it is important that they be introduced to the game at an early age.
Unlike other sports, chess transcends age and gender, and doesn’t require much to play; just a chess board, a table and 2 chairs and it is game on!
This year, Chess Kenya (CK) has been actively involved in setting up clubs and promoting the game in schools. In conjunction with Westlands Chess Club (WeCC) they have covered parts of Kisumu, Siaya and Nairobi Counties and are set to tour Uasin Gishu and Coast Counties in the near future.
CK has established very close working relationships with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), which is at the forefront of introducing ‘Chess in Schools’ in Africa through their MiniChess program.
Now in its tenth year of operation, the KCF works with more than 3,500 schools throughout the United States and many more around the world, to promote the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs.
Meanwhile, the Candidates Tournament, a qualification for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014, kicked off on March 11 to April 1 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.
The winner among 8 of the world’s top players will challenge the world champion, Magnus Carlsen in November. In Uganda, the 2nd phase of the Olympiad qualifiers for men started over the weekend and ends on Sunday. The ladies final qualifier is running concurrently, but ends on the 30th March.
Quiz: Black to play. In 1912, USA’s chess legend Frank Marshall (Black) found one of the greatest moves of all time against Stepan Levitsky (White). Spectators are said to have showered the chessboard with gold coins after Marshall played it! Can you spot it?