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Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Championship – Rift Valley Region


The Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Championship – Rift Valley Region tournament took place on 18th & 19th February 2017 at Sing,ore Girls High School which is located in Iten.

Entrance to Sing’ore Girls High School.

A total of 262 players from St Joseph Kitale, St Peter’s Iten, Chebara Boys, St Patrick’s Iten, Sing’ore Girls, Moi Girls Kapsowar, Moi Girls Eldoret, Loreto Convent and Kessup Girls High School. took part in this event.  This event will select the top 4 players in the different age groups who will then play in the final qualifiers which is set for 18th-19th March 2017 in Nairobi.

Ladies in action.

With the recent turn of events it is now clear that chess is going to prove to be the fastest growing sport in Kenya.  The Nairobi edition had over 300 players and now this one had 262 players.  These events are huge and it is now clear that the organisers will be hard pressed to organise the next year’s event as the numbers will continue to spiral to the + 600 number.

Another interesting thing about this event was that there were more female players (151) than male players (111).

The massive hall.

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.

There is no time to print and stick the draw on the walls in these kind of events. Arbiter Moses Andiwoh uses a projector.