With the national chess league set to commence this weekend, clubs have been busy recruiting and assembling their teams to challenge for the championship. Last year’s winners, Equity Bank, strengthened their squad by invading their closest rival’s camp and runners up KCB, and signed three of their players: 8-time Olympian CM John Mukabi, Olympian Gweyani Jumba and Yours Truly.
KCB moved swiftly and replaced the trio with FM Steve Ouma, Olympiad debutant Jackson Kamau and WFM Rose Wabuti. So far, 9 chess clubs have confirmed their participation; Equity, KCB, Eastlands, Mombasa, Tritonite Stars, Strathmore University, Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University and the Deadly Bishops.
And the 1st Nairobi Open Grand Prix Rapid Junior Chess Championship takes place on Saturday 13th September at Terrian Chess Academy, located in Brighton Academy - Kindergarten on Muthangari Road, Lavington. Over 60 juniors are expected to participate, with the top winners in the under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 age categories being awarded trophies. This is the first in a series of tournaments that will see players accumulate points, with the final Grand Prix winners also being feted.
According to the tournament director George Ochieng, it is aimed at providing juniors with a platform to showcase their chess prowess, as well as tapping into hitherto unknown talent. “We encourage parents to bring their children to these tournaments as a way of getting the necessary exposure, as they pit their wits against other contestants” he added. He can be contacted on 0724455551for more details.
Meanwhile, Chess Kenya (CK) will hold its AGM this Sunday, 3PM at the Nyayo National Stadium Sports Boardroom. The importance of registered members attending this meeting cannot be overemphasized on enough. The items listed on the agenda are the chairman’s report, the financial report, constitution amendment and ratification, co-option of officials and the strategic plan. AOB earlier submitted to CK shall be discussed too.
Puzzle: Find the winning moves for White (I.Sokolov) vs Black (GM F.Nijboer) in the Dutch Championship, 2011.