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Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America. With the emergence of Asian […]

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GM Maurice Ashley’s excitement was effusive as he posted several comments on Facebook recounting his experience in Kenya. Ashley had spent days touring the schools in Kenya with a type of passion that only he could bring. With trips to Imara Daima Academy, Mwanzo Academy, St. George’s School in Nairobi, Ashley inspired hundreds of schoolchildren […]

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For the past several years, Adia Onyango has been on a quest to improve her chess performance. She had already created a wildly popular “Chess Connections” Facebook group which currently has more than 1200 members. In addition, she embarked on 30-day green smoothie challenges, took to a daily biking regiment and maintained a tireless passion […]

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2016 Kenya Open Kenyan chess is seeing an uptick in activity in 2016. After holding a successful Kenya Open last month (won by Ben Nguku) it is in the midst of the Nairobi Open. There are apparently some bright talent sprouting from years of nourishment. The frequent trips around Kenya seem to be bearing some […]

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Purity Maina 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 […]

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African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get them needed experience for growing […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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Kenneth Omolo2015 National Champion Kenya’s top brass assembled for the 2015 National Chess Championship at Strathmore University, Madaraka Campus. Veteran Ken Omolo came out on top with 21 points (three points for win and one for draw) to collect 1st place and KSh21,000 (US$200.00). Omolo beat Mehul Gohil in the penultimate 7th round and Dr. […]

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Marisa van der Merve is taking her “MiniChess” initiative to Kenya! We reported some time ago about her launch in Lesotho and plans on launching a continent-wide initiative from its base in South Africa. Kasparov Chess has signed on as a partner. Below is a report written by Kasparov Chess Foundation. Another huge milestone has […]

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Clement Chomu Miheso Clement Miheso relaxing during the 2015 Millionaire Chess qualifier held in April 2015 at the KICC in Nairobi, Kenya. Kim Bhari recounts valuable history of Kenyan chess while profiling Clement Chomu Miheso and his participation in the World Chess Championships for the Disabled. Miheso was a former Chairman of the Kenyan Chess […]

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As reported earlier, Nigel Short visited Kenya as part of an African tour. Kim Bhari reported on his visit. In addition, there were a number of photos in his report all courtesy of Mr. Bhari. * * * Busy Chess Weekend in Nairobiby Kim Bhari Kenya was again graced by the presence of GM Nigel […]

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KCF President Githinji Hinga introduces GM Nigel Short. Photo by Kim Bhari. Whilst the drama of the Tsogo Sun Millionaire Satellite event was unfolding over the weekend, GM Nigel Short was concluding his African tour with a 3- day visit to Kenya! Nigel was the guest of honour at the 2015 NAIROBI GYMKHANA BLITZ CHESS […]

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Uganda’s Harold Wanyama (right) beat his compatriot and top-seed IM Elijah Emojong in an important 5th round encounter. He went on to win his last three games to take the first of three qualifying tournaments in Africa. Photo by Kasparov Chess Foundation. The first of the three satellite tournaments in Africa took place in Nairobi, […]

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Millionaire Chess Open is gearing up for its second edition in October with three very important events. Back in January it was announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) would support the MC mission by organizing three satellite tournaments in Africa. The first one will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from April 30th-May 3rd […]

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Chess Kenya and the Ethiopian Chess Federation recently held a tournament in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia to foster a better sense of cooperation in the region. Bordering Kenya on the northeast, a Kenyan delegation traveled to partake in the festival at the same time the country was celebrating the 40th Year Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). […]

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Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa Email: grahamjurg@gmail.com Contact: Sid Gandhi Position: Operations Manager – Millionaire Chess Email: support@millionairechess.com KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION AFRICA TO RUN MILLIONAIRE CHESS SATELLITE TOURNAMENTS IN 3 AFRICAN COUNTRIES January 29, 2015 – Millionaire Chess has announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) will organize […]

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Kenyan chess was featured on NTV Kenya in a 30-minute segment and hosted by the vivacious Sheila Mwanyiga who showed gleeful enthusiasm during the interview. 29 January 2015 – Kenya’s Chairman Githinji Hinga and Secretary Joseph Atwoli were featured on Kenya’s morning program “Laugh, Learn and Share” about the national chess scene. They spend almost […]

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Mira Nair, a highly-acclaimed, Indian-born director, will be producing a film adaptation of Tim Crothers’ book “The Queen of Katwe“. This book was a gripping story about Phiona Mutesi who hails from one of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The very vivid account shows how the Ugandan girl from abject poverty found chess and […]

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Kenya Chess Association President Githinji Hinga taking an inventory of the 5000 sets and board received from the Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa. Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) has been a welcome presence on the continent of Africa in the past few years. After losing a bitter battle for FIDE President, former world champion Garry Kasparov […]

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The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a jubilant mood. Varuzhan Akobian (right) […]

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Uganda’s National Chess team outwitted Nairobi Chess Club 12-4 after four grueling rounds over the weekend (8-9 March 2014) in Nairobi, Kenya in what has over the last three years been dubbed “battle for Migingo”. Uganda’s team that comprised of Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, CM Patrick Kawuma and Walter Okas had the better of […]

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Kasparov in Kenya!

Dear Chess Friends, You are cordially invited to the Closing Ceremony of the Kenya National Chess Championships 2013, proudly sponsored by the Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya. Chess Kenya will have the pleasure of presenting the legendary GM Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion and inspiration to many. He is on a mission to promote […]

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Report submitted by Kim Bhari, Chairman of Nairobi Chess Club.Event photos by Kim Bhari. Migingo Island is situated in the middle of Lake Victoria. For decades, this fishing village has been famous for a dispute between Kenya and Uganda over who owns sovereignty. Nairobi Chess Club continues to make waves in African chess. In 2009 […]

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UG: Ugandan Team Set for Showdown with KenyansKE: NCC Simbas Roar Ahead of Historic Match Versus Ugandan Side Posted on 10 February 2012 (Press release courtesy of Nairobi Chess Club) Kenya’s best chess players take on an elite Ugandan side this weekend in an event dubbed “Battle for Migingo”. The historic encounter which kicks of […]

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Dutch GM visits Kenya

GM Dmitri Reinderman arrived in Kenya on yesterday to give a chess clinic including lectures and exhibitions. He held a simultaneous exhibition of 35 players and today is holding a blindfold session. It will be the first time a Grandmaster has visited Kenya since Nigel Short’s visit in 2005, but the first training session since […]

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