Saturday, 03 March 2012 13:10

     The 1st phase of the 2012 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship was held last

weekend at the magnificent Tergat Sports Centre at the Brookhouse International School

with 170 players competing in the following categories: Under 8,10,12,14,16 and 18 both

boys and girls.

he championship also doubled up as the 1st phase qualifier for selecting the national youth

team which will represent the country at the World Youth Chess Championship slated to

take place in Slovenia later this year.The top eight players in each category were short listed

to play in a round-robin event which will be held in May with the winner's being crowned

the national champions.The well attended event was organized by Chess Kenya.

Here is the top eight  final rankings in the various categories:

Under 8 boys: 1.Yash Shaha 2.Samesh Arul 3.Anish Sukumar 4.Nigel Spencer 5.Shanil Shah

6.Mohit Sai 7.Andrew Nderitu 8.Maxrore Wambua

Under 8 girls: 1.Aunam Shah 2.Laisa Wanjiku 3.Jia Hiranandani 4.Gillian Otieno 5.Kimberly Wanjiku

6.Elizabeth Wabjiru 7.Abigail Nyambura.

Under 10 boys: 1.Darshan Shah 2.Sumit Deshpande 3.Pendyala Ritvik 4.Andrew Kiungu 5.Dev Shah

 6.Sohail Ahmed 7.Arnav Kachra 8.Patrick Waithaka

Under 10 girls: 1.Sharanya Kishan 2.Roshni Raichura 3.Krishi Shah 4.Kalyn Mussa 5.Yuvika Arul

6.Sravya Vadrevu 7.Lorraine Nyawira 8.Stellah Wamuyu

Under 12 boys: 1.Kais Mussa 2. Ankur Phadke 3.Avi Mathur 4.Veer Shah 5.Caleb Mathenge

6.Dennis Kahuthia 7.Hardiv Karania 8.Raymond Kirumbi

Under 12 girls: 1.Riya Shah 2.Shefali Kachra 3.Renee Kachra 4.Bhumija Srungarapu 5.Ann Muthoni

6.Jecinta Nyambura 7.Ramya Vadrevu 8.Abigail  Wairimu

Under 14 boys: 1.Sathya Iyer 2. Srinjay Mukhopadhyay 3.Gowtham Vigneshwar 4.Subham Rai

5.Ian Warutere 6.Dennis Karanja 7.Steadfast Njuguna 8.Rajeev Karnam

Under 14 girls: 1.Sita Shah 2.Saloni Karania 3.Japvinit Kour 4.Shweta Gudka 5.Joy Wambui

6.Winnie Watani 7.Nehal Chheda 8.Lucy Maina

Under 16 boys: 1.Dennis Githaiga 2.Arjun Sengupta 3.Rishi Kotecha 4.George Gakure 5.

Peniel Weru 6.Kushal Visariya 7.Daniel Mbogo 8.Dennis Kamau

Under 16 girls: 1.Sanjana Deshpande 2.Rosaline Wambui  3.Faith Kuria 4.Rebecca Waweru

5.Kamal Ccheda 6.Diana Mugo 7.Vivian Wanjohi 8.Joan Muriuki

Under 18 boys: 1.Duncan Orina 2.Brian Mahehu 3.Kelvin Maiben 4.Mike Maina 5.Brian Thuku

6.Paul Githinji 7.Paul Kimani 8.Samora Gakui

Under 18 girls: 1.Rachael Waweru 2.Irene Wairimu 3.Hannah Muthoni 4.Asuntah Muringa

5.Evelyne Mugure 6.Faith Rono 7.Christine Muriuki 8.Edna Mugambi

2012 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

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Monday, 27 February 2012 18:23
     Daystar University Chess Club started in the year 2005. The club has

been a member of Chess Kenya from 2007 to date. The club is administered

by Chess patrons Mr. Maurice Masiga and Mr. Mudavadi Yida. The club

comprises of students and alumnis of Daystar University. 

     Daystar chess clubhas nurtured renowned active chess players and chess

Kenya members such as Majok Mading Kuol from Sudan and Mary Kanyua,

who is a committee member in the Chess Kenya Federation. The current chess

captains of the clubare Krishna Karan and Agnes Nyaguthii of the Athi river

and Nairobi campus,respectively.

     The club has been taking part in Chess Kenya events; such as the Mombasa

open, inter-university tournaments and recently, the KUSA (Kenya Universities

Sports Association) chess tournament whereby the ladies team attained a gold

medal in the 2011 KUSA tournament.

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Chess Kenya Chairman addressing Daystar chess players.

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Chess Kenya official, Mary Kanyua playing a friendly game with

a Daystar student.

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Daystar Chess player, Agnes Kanyua and University Chess

Patron, Maurice Masiga.

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Chess Kenya Chairman addressing Daystar University Chess Club.

Friday, 24 February 2012 20:03
Dear Chessers,
The Chess Kenya Executive Committee decided on the following;

1)That the Olympiad first phase elimination tournament be held on the easter holiday

2)That the tournament will be FIDE rated and will be used as the National Chess

Championship 2012.

3) Approved the Olympiad committee, constituting three Chess Kenya officials and two chess

kenya members as follows;
-Mary Kanyua- tournament coordinator and chess kenya official. Contacts 0723341866

-Fred Orawo- tournament co-coordinator and chess kenya official. Contacts 0722735097

-Fransic Ngesa- chess kenya vice chairman

-Benson Gicharu- chess kenya member, alunmi daystar university chess captain, co-organiser

2009 Kenya Open.

-Wanjala- chess kenya member and alumni, Kenyatta university chess captain.
Attached are the tournament rules and regulations developed by the Olympiad Committee. 

Kindly sign and forward via soft or hard copy by the deadlines indicated in the entry form.

A map to the tournament venue will be sent later.
Saturday, 18 February 2012 09:07
CATEGORIES : UNDER 8,10,12,14 16 & 18 BOYS & GIRLS

25TH & 26TH  FEBRUARY 2012



Fees Ksh 800/- (Chess Kenya Members) & Ksh 1,600/-(Non-Members)

Kenya Junior Annual Membership Ksh 1,000
Rules and Regulations:

1. The tournament will be run on Swiss system of pairing: 6 rounds

2. Play will start at 10am on Saturday 25TH Febraury and at 10.30am on Sunday 26th February.
Rate of play: 60 minutes per player to finish the game.

3. No consultations or analysis of unfinished games will be accepted

4. If a player withdraws from the tournament before its conclusion, his score at the stage will stand.

5. Games will be governed by the laws of chess compiled by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) as adopted 
in August 1955 and since amended and additions adopted by FIDE.

6. Where practicable, both players shall give the Tournament Desk a signed, correct and legible record of their game 
immediately on its completion.

7. No player shall be allowed to waive any exaction of a penalty or the enforcement of the rules under which the
tournament is conducted, and he or she shall at all times play to the best of his or her ability.

8. The Tournament Committee is responsible for the running of the event and the
arbitration panel will rule on all
disputes, communicating with the Tournament 
Director whose decision will be final.

9. Registration: This will be done on Saturday 25th FEBRUARY 2011 at the playing venue.



10. The top three players in each category will receive trophies. Certificates will be awarded to all the

participants. Those
who will not collect their prizes during the prize giving ceremony should consider 



/0733915116 OR MR LAWRENCE KAGAMBI ON TEL NO: 0722315995/0733315995.

Category___________ do agree to

by the above rules and regulations which will govern the tournament.
CHESS IN MATHARE AT LAST!-12th February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012 19:09

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The Chairman of Chess Kenya, Eng. Andolo Ambasi (left), with two Chess Kenya officials

Lydia Esiera
and Mary Kanyua at the launching of chess in Mathare on Sunday 12th February

2012. The Chess Kenya's main
goal is to capture over one million youth in Mathare.

KE: Kenyans Win 3 Medals at African Youth Chess Championships 2011
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:36

A team of youth chess players represented Kenya in various age categories at

the African Youth Chess Championships 2011 held at Lusaka,Zambia between

11th and 18th December 2011. South Africa, Egypt and hosts Zambia fielded

some strong youth chess players and bagged most of the top honours. Kenya

finished on an impressive note with 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal.

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The Kenyan contingent with their mementoes

The medal winners for Kenya were:

  1. Krishi Shah – Silver medal in Girls Under-8 category (6.5 points out of 9)
  2. Sharanya Iyengar – Silver medal in Girls Under-10 category (8 points out of 9)

    3.   Shefali Kachra – Bronze medal in Girls Under-10 category (6.5 points out of 9)

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Prize winners (L-R): Sharanya Iyengar (holding Kenyan flag), Shefali Kachra

and Krishi Shah.

Kenyan youth chess players also did well in the Boys Under-10 and Girls

Under-12 category as they challenged the eventual medal winners and played

some strong chess till the last rounds. Kenyan chess players also recorded

encouraging and impressive performances in other age categories.

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Sanjana Deshpande (left) in her match against hosts Zambia.

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