The Kenya National Youth & Cadet Chess Championship – South-West Nyanza Region qualifiers took place on 18th February 2017 at the Kisii Cultural Centre in Kisii town.
This was the first event that Kisii County Chess Club has organised since its inception and is a welcome development in Kenyan chess.
A total of 56 players from Kisii High School, Our Lady of Mercy Ringa Boys, Kisii Primary School and Imperial Primary 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.
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.