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East African Chess Calendar 2016

When I published Kenya Chess Events & Tournaments Calendar 2015, I had no idea it would become the most viewed post on this blog but it shouldn’t be that surprising considering how very few federations in Africa, let alone East Africa, even have a basic

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Tournament Info: HCK Open Chess Tournament

With the Olympiad Final Qualifiers around the corner, the next open tournament in Nairobi will be the HCK Open on Sunday, 26th June 2016 at Hindu Council of Kenya, Kusi Lane, Parklands. The tournament is being organised by Hindu Council of Kenya and Motochess Ventures. Tournament Info (Summarised)

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Tournament Info: Fouress Technologies Junior Chess Championship

After the success of the Nairobi Open International Chess Championship earlier this month, the next tournament in Kenya for junior players will be the ‘Fouress Technologies Junior Chess Championship’ on 28 May 2016 for players under the age of 18. The tournament is being sponsored

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Wanyama, Nsubuga get FM title and IM norm

A well organised Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships tournament hosted by Tanzania Chess Association for the first time in history ended on a high with Uganda’s Haruna Nsubuga winning his last game against Ethiopia’s Tadese Estube Haileselasie to get to 6 points out of

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Top Kenyan Chess Players – April 2016

While we had two major FIDE-rated tournaments in March—TUK and Kenya Opens—results from both didn’t cause enough movement in the April rankings to write home about. In the Overall rankings, Peter’s lacklustre performance in the Kenya Open saw his rating slide by 7 elos but

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Tourism CS Najib Balala discovers giant chess in Nyeri

Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Hon. Najib Balala was introduced to chess at the official opening of Giraffe Ark Game Lodge in Mweiga, Nyeri by lodge owner and chess aficionado Peter Mahu on Friday, 15th April. Playing an exhibition match against Nairobi-based financial consultant Benson Wambugu on

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Tournament Info: Nairobi Open International Chess Championship

The long awaited details on Nairobi Open International Chess Championship were released today by way of a poster on Facebook. The two-day tournament will run alongside the first ever FIDE Trainers’ Seminar organised in Kenya and is a joint effort between Nairobi Chess Academy and

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Kawuma Open Winners Set for Zonal

(Press release courtesy of Uganda Chess Federation) While FM Harold Wanyama and WFM Ivy Amoko were the overall winners in the Open and Ladies categories of the just concluded Kawuma Open Championship that run over the Easter weekend (25-28 March 2016), it wasn’t a case

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SNVM Hosts Successful First Chess Tournament

SNVM (Shree Navnat Vanik Mahajan), one of many Asian communities actively promoting sporting excellence amongst their members, successfully organised their first ever chess tournament on Sunday, 27th March. Organised as part of the community’s sports and cultural festival held over the long Easter weekend, the tournament