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September 24, 2018

Kasparov fails to end Ilyumzhinov's 19-year reign

Solution: 1…Na3+ 2.bxa3 Qc4 3.Bxe3 Qxa2+ 4.Kc1 dxe3 5.c3 Bxa3+ 6.Rb2 Qxb2#
Solution: 1…Na3+ 2.bxa3 Qc4 3.Bxe3 Qxa2+ 4.Kc1 dxe3 5.c3 Bxa3+ 6.Rb2 Qxb2#

 Former world champion, the legendary Garry Kasparov, failed in his bid to end Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s 19-year reign at the helm of the World Chess Federation—known by its French acronym FIDE.

At the presidential elections held on Monday during the FIDE General Assembly in Tromso, Norway, the incumbent won handily with a vote of 116-61 for another 4-year term in office.

And in the playing hall, after 9 rounds, these are the results for the open section where our men are: 1. Belgium 4 Kenya 0; 2. Malaysia 2.5 Kenya 1.5; 3. Fiji 0 Kenya 4; 4. Mozambique 2 Kenya 2; 5. Afghanistan 2 Kenya 2; 6. Mauritania 2.5 Kenya 1.5; 7. Liechtenstein 3 Kenya 1; 8. Kuwait 3 Kenya 1; 9. Rwanda 1 Kenya 3 and in the women’s section 1. Australia 4 Kenya 0; 2. Luxembourg 3 Kenya 1; 3. Pakistan 1 Kenya 3; 4. International Braille Chess Association (for blind and visually impaired players) 3.5 Kenya 0.5; 5. Finland 3.5 Kenya 0.5; 6. Lesotho 1 Kenya 3; 7. Angola 2 Kenya 2; 8. Uganda 2.5 Kenya 1.5.

At the time of going to the press yesterday, the men were playing Lesotho as the women faced Cameroon. With today being a rest day, Team Kenya shall entertain Team Uganda in a soccer match. The last round shall be played tomorrow from 12pm local time, thereafter followed by the closing ceremony.

The draw for the next round is usually out before midnight. After putting up splendid performances for Kenya with 5.5 points apiece so far, Steve Ouma is now a Candidate Master (CM) and Rose Wabuti a Woman Candidate Master (WCM), with the likelihood of securing the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title!

Out of the 177 national federations participating, the men’s team is currently placed at position 137 and the women’s at 122 out of 136. The teams are expected back in the country on Friday.

 Puzzle: Find the best moves for Black (GM P. Nielsen) against White (GM M. Adams) as played at the FIDE World Cup 2011.

 Solution: 1…Na3+ 2.bxa3 Qc4 3.Bxe3 Qxa2+ 4.Kc1 dxe3 5.c3 Bxa3+ 6.Rb2 Qxb2#

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