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December 19, 2018

Players brace up for Madaraka holiday chess tournaments

Solution- 1….e2 2.Re1 Qxc1 3.Rxc1 e1=Q+ 4.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 5.Bf1 Bh3
Solution- 1….e2 2.Re1 Qxc1 3.Rxc1 e1=Q+ 4.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 5.Bf1 Bh3


Traditionally, any long weekend has always been filled with a chess tournament, since a majority of chess players really plan their spare time around chess! And the coming Madaraka holiday has yet again been booked with two events organised by Nairobi Chess Academy and Club in conjunction with Makini School.

On Saturday, the Makini Open Youth Chess Championship will be played over 6 rounds with each player allotted 30 minutes to complete a game, and it is divided into the U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 age categories. The top three winners in each category will be given a trophy and all players awarded a certificate of participation.

And from May 31st to June 1st the 7-round Madaraka Open Chess Championship will be played at a time control of 1 hour per player to complete the game. The top male finisher will receive Sh10,000, second Sh5,000 and third Sh3,000 with the ladies winner pocketing Sh6,000, second Sh3,000 and third Sh2,000.

Both events will be hosted by Makini School on Makindi road, Nairobi. Entry fee per participant is Sh500 for the youth tourney and Sh1,000 for the Open, and more details can be obtained by contacting the organisers on 0722481960/0733915116/0724455551 or WhatsApp 0788260167 or by email to [email protected]

Meanwhile, the Kisumu County Chess Group has announced dates for the 2nd edition of the Scottish Tartan Open chess tournament to be held at the Scottish Tartan Hotel in Kisumu on June 27-28. This has in the past been dubbed ‘the battle for Migingo’ given the fierce rivalry between the Kenyan and Ugandan players, who interestingly have a long standing camaraderie in chess circuits.

Last year, Kenya’s CM Ben Magana who turns out for KCB in the national league scooped the top honors in the open section, with Uganda’s Equity Bank’s chess team member WFM Ivy Amoko clinching the ladies title.

The prize structure in the Open will be winner Sh30,000, second Sh20,000, third Sh15,000 and fourth Sh5,000 as the top lady will take home Sh15,000, second Sh10,000 and third Sh7,500. The winner in the challengers section will be awarded Sh5,000, second Sh3,000 and third Sh2,000. The top three junior finishers will get a trophy plus medal, with the best school and team each winning a trophy and medals for the players. Registration fee is Sh1,000 and Sh500 for non-members and members respectively.


Puzzle: Find the winning combination for black (GM A. Giri) against white (GM M. Carlsen) in this game played at the 73rd Tata Steel GMA, 2011.

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