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Kisumu to host the 2018 Africa Youth chess championship

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Chess Kenya President Bernard Wanjala and Grand Royal Swiss Hotel GM Shanawaz Basheer (Right) welcomes the Algeria team( Cheikh Boula and Bosmaha on arrival in Kisumu for this years Africa Chess Youth Championship. PHOTO/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – The 10th edition of the Africa Youth Chess championship will be held in Kisumu County from Sunday 12th – August 18 at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel.

This year’s competition has attracted players from 13 countries with East Africa being represented by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Other participating countries include Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, Somalia. North Africa will be represented by Egypt and Algeria.

Chess Kenya Chairman Bernard Wanjala urged the participants to strive for excellence during the one-week tournament.

“The game of chess has travelled the length and breadth of the globe and found devotees of every race, creed and nationality and therefore you should be very proud of yourself for carrying this wonderful tradition” said Wanjala.

Wanjala reiterated that the federation will continue to support Chess sports talent development in the country.

Kisumu County CEC Sports and Tourism Achie Alai said this is a monumental sports outing urging the participants to exercise the spirit of sportsmanship.

“As Kisumu County, we are excited to host the continental event, we envisage to nurture sports men and women in the region, we do hope that the participants will enjoy the hospitality and the rich cultural heritage during their stay here”, said Achie.

Kenya will be represented by 58 players, with South Africa fielding in 23 players, Algeria 17 players Namibia 15, while Uganda and Zimbabwe will have 14 players each during this year’s Championship.

Duke Michieka Vice President Technical Chess Kenya said it’s all systems go for this year’s event.

“The participants have already jetted in for this year’s championship, there will be stiff competition from the Egyptians who have perfected the art of the game, we expect a competitive outing”, said Duke.

There will be 12 categories during the one-week outing. These includes U08, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 both boys and girls. The game format will be played as a nine round Swiss event with time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds.

The event opening ceremony is set for Sunday at 9am with the first round taking place at 4:30PM.

The U-18 boy’s category has attracted Egyptian International Master Kandil Adham, who is the highest rated player in the event with a FIDE Rating of 2290. Algeria’s Candidate Master Araoun Saadi, Kenya’s Sumit Satish, Liloko Elvis and Munene Brian, Zambia’s Patrick Linda and Namibia’s Van der Anthony are among the top contenders.

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