National Youth Chess Championships Continue As Alliance Girls Showcase Their Skills.
The Kenya National Youth Chess Championship, at Khadija Secondary School in Mombasa County, was dominated by Alliance Girls High School on Monday.
The championships, which began on Saturday, have drawn 1,500 players from 195 institutions across the county.
Alliance Girls High School’s Ivy Nyambura used her chess prowess to take the lead in the girls under 18 category with three points after the first to fourth tie-breaks.
Trizer Machio of St Monicah Girls School Kitale was three points behind Nyambura.
Saran Mukhwana of Chwele Girls School and Gosrani Naiya of Peponi School both had three points.
In the under-12 girls division, Nipul Shah defeated Laura Mitei 1-0, while Fantalis Nduta defeated Leah Achieng by the same score. In another match, Abigail Nafula defeated Lilian Sybil 1-0.
In the boys under 18, Shah Bhaveshu of Peponi School took the lead with three points after the fourth tie-break, with St Patrick Iten’s Gideon Gekonge coming in second with three points, and Shadrack Gitonga of Eastlands Junior Chess Club, Nairobi coming in third with three points.
In the boys under 16, Johnpaul Getange beat Jason Jones 1-0 with beautiful moves and a lot of creativity in his attacks, while Jason Otula perfected his skills to silence Jeremiah Odhiambo 1-0 in another match.
Rodah Etole, Kenya Chess Secretary in charge of Gender and Special Needs, stated that players will be chosen to represent Kenya at the Africa Youth Chess Championship in Zambia in June.
“We shall announce a team of 36 junior players to form the national team after the conclusion of the Mombasa event on Wednesday,” said Etole.
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She stated that the six players who were named at the Africa Individual Schools Chess Championship in Nairobi last December are also preparing for the World Individual Schools Championship, which will be held in Panama in June.
“Our calendar of events for 2022 is busy with both local and international tournaments,” said Etole.