British grandmaster Nigel Short, straight from winning the South African Open over the weekend, will be in the country from Saturday until Tuesday, courtesy of the Kasparov Chess Foundation-Africa and Chess Kenya.
Short is best remembered for his 1993 World Championship match against the then undisputed world champion, Garry Kasparov, which he lost, but they are now working together in promoting the game around the globe. He will conduct chess clinics and exhibition simultaneous matches, after the inaugural FIDE-rated Nairobi Gymkhana Speed Chess championship set for the weekend at the Nairobi Gymkhana Sports Club on Forest Road.
At stake will be the national rapid and blitz titles (25 minutes and 5 minutes per player to complete the game respectively), and fierce competition is expected to dominate the two events on Saturday and Sunday. The winners in both categories will each pocket Sh10,000 plus a trophy, as the ladies champion will walk away with Sh5,000 plus a trophy. The best under 16 and 21 players will get Sh1,000 and a trophy in both categories as well. The best school team and club will also be honoured with trophies and so will be the top three juniors in the under 14, 12 and 10.
The event, organised by Nairobi Gymkhana and Waridi Chess Ventures in conjunction with Chess Kenya, will be run using the Swiss system of pairing with the rapid section being played over 8 rounds and the blitz in 12 rounds.
Euro Packaging Limited has sponsored the event to the tune of Sh98,000 while Nairobi Gymkhana is availing it’s magnificent venue for the championship and more information can be found from the tournament organiser Lawrence Kagambi on 0733315995 or the chief arbiter Isaac Babu on 0722705214.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Youth Chess Championship (KNYCC) qualifier for the Rift Valley region was successfully last weekend at St. Patrick’s High School, Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet County. 200 participants battled it out in the U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 ages categories for both boys and girls.
St. Patrick’s Principal Wilson Yego applauded the participants and singled out his counterparts from Singore Girls, Rose Koech and the trainer Sylvester Sanga, alongside Mr. Serem of Sacred Hearts Primary and Kessup Girls’ Lorna Tuitoek and trainer Mr. Kiplagat for fielding formidable teams. Shem Vilembwa was the event coordinator. Action now shifts to Baricho Boys High School, Kirinyaga County on Sunday for the Mt. Kenya region KNYCC qualifiers.
Puzzle: Find the wining moves for (White) Nigel Short against Robert Gardner as played at the 7th Edmonton International, 2012.
Solution: 1. Nf6+ Bxf6 2.Qxh6 Kf7 3.Qh7+ Bg7 4.Rh6 wins