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.
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.
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.
More on that story can be found here – 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.