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Eastern Regional Chess Qualifiers

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Eastern Regional Schools Chess Qualifiers Championship

The Kenya National Youth and Cadet Chess Championships 2019 (KNYCC) Eastern Regional qualifiers were held on 9th February 2019.  The venue for the event was Mosa Secondary School.

Poster for the Eastern Regional event.
Poster for the Eastern Regional event.

Many regions are currently hosting their regional qualifiers in preparations of the finals set for April 2019.

Photo from the event.  Photo credit Duke Michieka.
Photo from the event. Photo credit Duke Michieka.

Most regional events have over 300 players while this event only seemed to attract about 100 players from 6 schools.

It is, however this region that has caught my attention.  It is the one event where the number of female players exceeds male players by a ratio of 3:1!!  I am at a loss to explain why this is the case.  It seems very unusual even from a global perspective.

It is most likely that this region will produce the Kenya Ladies National Champion in the next four years.

Photo from the event.  Photo credit Duke Michieka.
Photo from the event. Photo credit Duke Michieka.

Winners

U14 Category

A total of 11 players took part (9 girls).

U14 Boys

Mumo Kyalo – St Charles Lwanga with 6 points

Jones Musyoki – St Charles Lwanga with 5 points

Diana Pendo – Muthale Girls with 4 points

U14 Girls

Wendy Mbithe – Muthale Girls with 3.5 points

Pauline Wayua – St Angelas Girls with 3 points

U16 Category

A total of 40 players took part (30 girls).

U16 Boys

Peter Kyalo – St Charles Lwanga with 6 points

James Kimilu – Mosa Secondary with 5 points

Felix Musyoka – St Charles Lwanga with 5 points

U16 Girls

Gloria Wanza – St Angela Girls with 5 points

Hope Kavata – St Ursula with 4 points

Magdalene Lyungu – Mosa Secondary with 4 points

U18 Category

A total of 44 players (33 girls)

U18 Boys

Brian Muli – Mosa Secondary – 5 points

Peter Muli – Mosa Secondary – 5 points

Meshack Kyalo – St Charles Lwanga – 5 points

U18 Girls

Juliet Nyambura – St Angelas Girls – 5 points

Mercy Kitonga – St Ursula Girls – 4.5 points

Mercy Mutua – St Ursula Girls – 4 points

Participating Schools

St Ursula Girls

Muthale Girls

St Angelas Girls School

St Charles Lwanga

Mosa Academy

Mbitini Girls

Links

Standings & Results.

Kitui Schools Chess Championship.