The Nairobi edition of the Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Championship was a resounding success with over 300 children who turned up at Alliance Boys High School, Kikuyu on Saturday 11th February 2017.
The players played in their respective age groups of Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 over 6 rounds.
The top 4 players, Kenyan Citizens in each respective age category will be invited for the final phase to be held in Nairobi on 18th-19th March 2017.
The tournament is part of the 2017 Chess Kenya National Youth Team selection process from which Chess Kenya will select the National Junior Team players to represent Kenya in the following international chess tournaments:
a) – Zone 4.2 Under 16 Youth Team Championships to be held 15th -23rd April 2017 in Mombasa, Kenya.
b) – World Cadet Chess Championships (WCCC) for U-8, U-10, U-12) to be held 21th -31st August 2017 in Brasilia, Brazil.
c) – World Youth Chess Championships (WYCC) for U-14, U-16, U-18 to be held 16th -26th September 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
d) – African Youth Chess Championships (AYCC all age groups) to held 1st-10th December 2017 in Giza, Egypt.
At this stage it is not clear if Interim Chess Kenya have made arrangements to ensure that there is adequate funding for these trips. It would be tragic to raise the hopes of these young stars unnecessarily and then crush their dreams due to the non availability of funds.
More details on this event can be found on 2017 KNYCCC – Nairobi Edition.