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Mombasa to be the centre of chess activity in April 2017


Mombasa Chess Club is getting ready to host the Mombasa International Open Chess Tournament from 19th to 22nd April 2017 and the Africa Zone 4.2 Under 16 Youth Team Championship from 15th April to 22nd April 2017.

Poster for the event.

The last major African event to take place in Kenya was in 1998 when we hosted the Africa Junior Chess Championship.

The guest of honour for this event will be former World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan Anand who will be visiting Kenya for the first time.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand posing with Team Kenya in Dar es Salaam. Kenya v Tanzania match 5th to 8th June 2014. (photo credit Satish Deshpande)

World renown chess photographer David Llada is also expected to be present.  If you do not know David Llada then you must deduct at least 50 elo points from your rating!

World renown chess photographer David Llada.

For more on David Llada please check out his website David Llada.

A list of Mombasa Open Chess Champions is listed below;

2016 – IM Elijah Emojong (Uganda)

2015 – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Uganda)

2014 – Mathias Ssonko (Uganda)

2013 – FM Haruna Nsubuga (Uganda)

2012 – LGM Brian Kidula (Kenya)

2011 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)

2010 – FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)