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Africa Schools Individuals Chess Championship 2017

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A strong delegation of 16 players from Kenya are taking part in the for Africa Schools Individuals Chess Championship that runs from 19th to 28th August 2017 in Harare,Zimbabwe.

Team Kenya pose with officials and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (standing with red tie), Kenya Head of Delegation Terence Chazima (2nd from left standing) and Africa Continental President Mr Lewis Ncube (5th from left standing).

The event has 177 players from 10 African federations including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia.

The strongest players in the event are from Angola and include Junior Domingos who is rated 1772 in the Boys U13  and WFM Pires Luzia who is rated 1725 in the Girls U13.

The team is being captained by reigning under the Boys U14 Kenya National Chess Champion Jeff Gichuki and the Girls U14 Kenya National Champion champion Vivian Muthoni.  The full list of players is shown below.

Janki Nipul Shantilal – Girls U7

Janvi Nipul Shantilal – Girls U7

Devashri Sanjay Velji Shah – Girls U9

Drish Rakesh Shah – Boys U9

Darsh Rakesh Shah – Boys U9

Abinesh Lakshwin Sudalaimuthu – Boys U9

Reeyan Deep Gosrani – Boys U11

Vivian Muthoni – Girls U13

Naiya Deep Gosrani – Girls U13

Nikita Parikh – Girls U13

Nishi Vrajbhushan Shah Girls U13

Jeff Gichuki Maina – Boys U13

Anish Sukumar Sudalaimuthu – Boys U13

Sunil Subramaniam – Boys U13

Prajal Ameetkumar Parikh – Girls U15

Sumit Satish Deshpande – Boys U15

In the 2016 edition 2016 African Schools Individuals Chess Championship Kenya won a total of 5 medals including 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

The Head of Delegation (HoD) is  Chess Kenya Assistant Treasurer Terence Chazima. He is supported by other 11 accompanying persons who are mainly parents and coaches.

FM Steve Ouma will be an arbiter of the tournament.