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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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