All roads lead to Kenyatta University, where the East Africa Open chess festival will run from April 18-21. Organised by Chess Kenya (CK) and sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), it is undoubtedly the biggest event in the region in recent years.
“We are expecting two players from Rwanda, two from South Africa, three from Tanzania and no less than 10 from Uganda to arrive by tomorrow.”
He reiterated that the tournament is open to all and final preparations are at an advanced stage.
Players with an official FIDE rating will play in the rated section over 7 rounds alongside a select others, and the rest will play 8 rounds in the open section.
The winner of the rated section will pocket US$1,000, 2nd US$ 700, 3rd US$500, 4th US$300 and 5th US$200, with the open section winner taking home Sh30,000, 2nd Sh15,000, 3rd Sh10,000, 4th Sh7,500 and 5th Sh5,000, with the best lady winning Sh15,000, 2nd Sh10,000, 3rd Sh7,500 and 4th Sh5,000. US$200 will be awarded to the best lady in the rated section.
A total of Sh30,000 school fees vouchers for the best 3 boys and girls will also be at stake in the primary and secondary schools section.
On Monday, Serbian grandmaster (GM) Dejan Antic will play a simultaneous exhibition against 25 players from the open category as well as conduct a chess clinic for junior players, before taking on Kenya’s top 10 ladies and 10 men in another exhibition on Tuesday at The Stanley Hotel.
Puzzle: How did white (GM A. Morozevich) finish off black (GM M. Carlsen) in this game played in the 2009 World Blitz Final?