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African Junior Chess Championship 2018

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Africa Junior Chess Championship 2018

The Africa Junior Chess Championship is one of the continent’s most prestigious event.

This year, the 31st edition will be held in Entebbe, Uganda.  The event will run from 28th December 2018 to 6th January 2019.

Poster of the Africa Junior Chess Championship.
Poster of the Africa Junior Chess Championship.

The venue for this event will be the Country Lake Resort Garunga.

IM David Silva of Angola and WIM Lina Nassr of Algeria are the defending champions.  More details on that event can be found here – IM David Silva & WIM Alina Nassr win Africa Junior.

Kenya at the Africa Junior Chess Championship

Kenya failed to send any players for the 2016 and the 2017 editions.  We last participated in this event in 2015 when it was held in Seychelles.

Moses Maina (left) and Joyce Nyaruai at the airport before flying for the 2015 Africa Junior Chess Championship in Seychelles. Akello Atwoli who was CK’s Secretary General poses for a photo.

Moses Maina Wanjiru obtained 3.5 points out of 9 rounds to end up in 18th place out of 24 players.

WFM Joyce Nyaruai obtained 4.5 points out of 9 rounds to end up in 8th position out of 13 players.

You can find the links to the above event here;

2015 Africa Junior Part 1

2015 Africa Junior Part 2

The great thing about the African Junior Chess Championship is that Kenya has hosted this event not once or twice but three times!  This was in 1992, 1993 and in 1998.

1993 African Junior Chess Champion Aderito Pedro of Angola receives his prize from the late Tom Sagwe Chairman Kenya Chess Association.

Kenya won a bronze medal in the 1990 event.   Willam Arogo Juma was the proud winner of this bronze medal which is the only medal we have won in this event.  Debswana in Botswana was the city that hosted the event.

Bronze medal that William Juma Arogo won for Kenya

Past winners of the Africa Junior Chess Championship

It has taken a fair amount of digging up but I am happy to present the following summary.

Some of Africa’s finest players have won this prestigious event.  GM Bassem Amin, IM Adly Ahmed and IM David Silva are some of the past winners.

Summary of the Africa Junior Chess Championship