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). From the photos it appeared that the event was held in warm spirits despite the competitive nature.
Aydagnuhem Abera lifting the champion’s trophy.
The the tournament Aydagnuhem Abera of Ethiopia with 8/10 and Kenya’s Kenneth Omolo took second with 6.5/10. In the women’s event Uganda’s Ivy Amoko scored a “clean sheet” with 10/10 with Kenya’s Gloria Jumba getting 9.5/10. Eight Ethiopians were able to attain FIDE ratings adding to the 13 players the country already had.
A wonderful group shot at closing ceremonies!