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Makadara Open Chess Championship

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Life is slowly returning to normal after a week of frenzied chess activity which saw former World Chess Champion GM Vishwanathan Anand & renown chess photographer David Llada in town,  IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda winning the Mombasa Open and Team Kenya winning gold, silver and bronze in the Zone 4.2 U16 Team Championship.

Action now moves to the inaugural Makadara Open Chess Championship which takes place from 29th April to 1st May 2017 at the Shepherd Junior School in Buru Buru, Nairobi.

Poster of the event.

The 6 round event will see players compete for a total prize fund of KES 70,000 (USD 700) with the winner going home with KES 25,000 (USD 250) in the Open section and KES 15,000 (USD 150) in the Ladies section.

This event is expected to see a contingent of strong Ugandan players led by IM Elijah Emojong and FM Harold Wanyama who are still in the country after competing in the 2017 Mombasa Open.

The event has been sponsored by MP of Makadara constituency Honorable Benson Mutura and organised by Nairobi Chess Academy.

CEO of Nairobi Chess Academy Steve Ouma (left) play a blitz game against Makadara MP the honorable Benson Mutura.

This event is expected to stimulate chess interest in this part of Nairobi which has a large number of primary and secondary schools.