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Terrian Chess Academy (TCA) CEO Brian Kidula has just pulled off a major publicity stunt for chess.

TCA were invited to State House to teach kids from 5 children’s homes during an Xmas party hosted by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on 17th December 2017.

President Uhuru Kenyatta spends some time with chess players.
President Uhuru Kenyatta spends some time with chess players.

H.E President Kenyatta spent a couple of minutes mingling with the chess players.  He further pledged to support the African Youth Chess Championship which is scheduled for Mombasa in August 2018.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta chats with some of the players.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta chats with some of the players.

The team from TCA comprised of Moses Andiwoh, Daphne Mwikali, Easter Judy, Debra Kwamboka, Sarah Momanyi & Isaiah Otieno, both of SOM, Joshua Kamau Njoroge & Hope Wambui Njoroge (TCA trainees), Tom Amwai, Morrel Omondi, Josephat Odhiambo (SOM staff) and Justus Njoroge.

The "handshake" that could propel Kenyan chess!  HE President Uhuru Kenyatta wishes CEO of Terrian Chess Academy Brian Kidula.  Photo credit Presidential Press Unit.
The “handshake” that could propel Kenyan chess! HE President Uhuru Kenyatta wishes CEO of Terrian Chess Academy Brian Kidula. Photo credit Presidential Press Unit.

This publicity is expected to generate great interest in the coming months from all corners of Kenya.

Other items generating considerable interest in Kenyan chess include the following;

H.E President Kenyatta observes how the game is play. Photo credit Presidential Press Unit.
H.E President Kenyatta observes how the game is play. Photo credit Presidential Press Unit.

Fathima Mohamed’s gold medal at the African Youth Chess Championship held earlier this month.   See story on Fathima Mohamed grabs gold medal for Kenya.

Kenya also has two teams competing in the World Youth Olympiad which came to and end today in Ahmedabad, India.