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State House – Chess Reloaded!

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State House – Chess Reloaded!

Chess featured prominently at State House, Nairobi recently!

Brian Kidula was once again the major driving force behind this initiative on 15th December 2018.  Brian Kidula who is affectionately known as ‘Local GM‘ is also the CEO of Terrian Chess Academy (TCA).

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted the Christmas party at State House.

The children were treated to live music, bouncing castles, virtual reality, arts and fun games.  One of the fun games was chess!

The President & First Lady also spent time mingling with the chess players which was a major boost for Kenyan chess.

H.E President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta interacts with chess players while Local GM Brian Kidula watches.
H.E President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta interacts with chess players while Local GM Brian Kidula watches.

The President was visibly impressed when he found out that he could watch the live games from the ongoing Kenya National Chess Championship which was going on at Parkland’s Sports Club.

A visibly impressed H.E President Kenyatta is shown how the live transmission can be used to broadcast the game on the internet.
A visibly impressed H.E President Kenyatta is shown how the live transmission can be used to broadcast the game on the internet.

This incidentally was not the first time that chess featured at State House.  It happened once again last year thanks to the efforts of Brian Kidula.

I guess this is what H.E President Kenyatta was thinking 'This game is as complicated as the Kenyan political scene'
I guess this is what H.E President Kenyatta was thinking ‘This game is as complicated as the Kenyan political scene’

More on that story can be found here – Chess at State House.

Local GM Brian Kidula taking some kids through the game of chess.
Local GM Brian Kidula taking some kids through the game of chess at State House.

Interesting facts about State House

State House was built in 1907 and was known as Government House before independence.

Herbert Baker was the British Architect.

It served as official residence of the Governor when Kenya was a British colony.

It became residence of Head of State, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta after Independence.

Links

Terrian Chess Academy.