Kenya

  • Maurice Ashley helps propel Kenyan chess forward!

    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,…

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  • Expert Adia Onyango… New York’s chess charm

    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…

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  • Kenya surges forward in 2016!

    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…

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  • Purity Maina awarded International Arbiter title!

    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…

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  • 2016 Africa Chess Calendar is out!

    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…

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  • African Chess made strides in 2015

    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…

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  • 2015 Kenyan National Championship

    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…

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  • MiniChess franchise in Kenya!

    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…

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  • Kenyan @ World Championship for Disabled

    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…

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  • Kim Bhari recounts Short’s visit

    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…

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