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Kenyan Girl Makes Chess History


This surely is a true first for Kenya.

A Kenyan chess player has published a book.  The most amazing thing is that Gilliane Otieno is only 9 years old and has put her name in the history books of Kenyan chess.

Gilliance Otieno has represented Kenya a number of times in international events.  Her dad is Gilbert Wandera who is a journalist.

I am not sure how many of you will notice that something is wrong with the cover.   The board is set up incorrectly.  Of course it took our own Chess Hero – Saif Kanani to spot it.  Those who do not know who Saif Kanani is well he remains  the only Kenyans to win a medal at the Chess Olympiad.  He won a Silver medal at the 1982 Olympiad in Malta.

Saif Kanani (in blue jacket) in action at an Olympiad event. Photos thanks to Aslam Adam (on Saif’s right) of UK