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Kenya wins inaugural Africa Zone 4.2 Under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship

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Kenya won the inaugural Africa Zone 4.2 Under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship with surprising ease .  The event that ran from 15th to 22nd April 2017 at the Oshwal Academy, Mombasa was open to all Africa Zone 4.2 countries.

Final standing.

Zone 4.2 consists of the following13  countries; Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Some of the games in progress. Photo credit Shem Vilembwa.

A total of 6 teams (4 from Kenya and one from Tanzania and one from Uganda) took part which saw Kenya occupy the top four slots.

Ranking of the team with individual names.

The winning team will receive a subsidy for the 2018 World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad which will be held in Ahmedabad, India from 10th to 20th December 2017.

The closing ceremony with GM Viswanathan Anand as guest of honour. Photo credit Shem Vilembwa.

The last continental event that Kenya hosted was the Africa Junior Chess Championship in 1998.

Flashback – Article in the 22nd December 1998 Standard Newspaper about the 1998 Africa Junior Chess Championship.
Happy team members. Photo credit Shem Vilembwa.