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2016 Africa School Individuals Chess Championship

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110 chess players from 7 African federations are taking part in the 2016 Africa School Individuals Chess Championship.  The event is being held at the Peacock Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia and runs from 11th to 17th December 2016.

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Dancers and drummers entertain the crowd at the opening ceremony. Photo credit Deep Gosrani.

Kenya has sent a team of 9 players and 9 accompanying persons for this event.  The Kenya team is made up of the following names;

1. Reeyan Gosrani – U9 Boys – Official Player
2. Odongo Lwanga – U9 Boys – Additional Player
3. Naiya Gosrani – U11 Girls – Official Player
4. Vedhika Seshadri – U11 Girls – Additional Player
5. Aguda Lwanga – U11 Boys – Official Player
6. Samesh Arul – U11 Boys – Additional Player
7. Krishi Shah – U13 Girls – Official Player
8. Reanna Varsani – U15 Girls – Official Player
9. Sumit Deshpande – U15 Boys – Official Player

Accompanying Persons are:

1. Menal Gosrani – Mother to Naiya & Reeyan
2. Deep Gosrani – Father to Naiya & Reeyan
3. Karoli Lwanga – Father to Aguda & Odongo
4. Veena Arul – Mother to Samesh
5. Chitra Seshadri – Mother to Vedhika
6. Hema Shah – Mother to Krishi
7. Toral Paaras – Mother to Reanna
8. Sandhya Deshpande – Mother to Sumit
9. FA Duke Michieka – Arbiter

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Games in progress. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.

Kenya’s best medal prospect seem to be in the Girls U13 where WCM Krishi Shah is top seed with a rating of 1561.

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WCM Krishi Shah (right) playing Ilse Brugman of South Africa. Photo credit Chanda Boyd Nsakanya.
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Team Kenya – from left Vedhika Seshadri, Naiya Gosrani, Krishi Shah, Reeyan Gosrani, Reeana Varsani, Sumit Deshpande, Arul Samesh. Missing from the photos are brothers Aguda Lwanga & Odongo Lwanga. Photo credit Deep Gosrani.