Kenya’s Purity Maina receive her credentials as an International Arbiter (IA) during the FIDE Presidential Board meeting held in Moscow, Russia! Maina would be familiar to some on the African continent and she has appeared on these pages before, but it is quite an outstanding achievement. She would become only the second woman on the continent to earn the title. Mona El-Labody of Egypt precedes her earning the title in 1986.
It is very important that more women earn FIDE credentials to help change the role that they play in the sporting aspect of chess. Given the continuing lower numbers in chess among women, there is certainly room for growth in areas of leadership.
FIDE Arbiter Purity Maina at the 2015 African Championships in Egypt.