Kenyan chess got a significant boost at the prestigious Asian Weekly Achievers Award (TAWAA) ceremony. The venue of the event was Diamond Plaza, Nairobi and held on 2nd March 2019.
Kamal Kaur, Vikash Pattni & Alykhan Sorathia were the hosts at the glittering affair.
WCM Janki Nipul Shah who is one of Kenya’s top junior players received the “Best Young Achiever of the Year” award. The event is sponsored by ‘The Asian Weekly‘ newspaper – http://theasianweekly.net/.
Janki Shah who is nine years old is a student at Oshwal School Nairobi and was the U8 Kenya National Chess Champion in 2017.
She has represented Kenya at some continental events. These include the African Youth Chess Championship in Egypt & Zimbabwe.
Janki won a gold medal in African School Individual Chess Championship in Zimbabwe U7 category. She was also the Runners Up at the 2018 Kenya National Junior Championships U8.
Janki has a twin sister WCM Janvi Nipul Shah is also a keen chess player. Janvi won a bronze medal for in the 2017 African School Individual Chess Championship in Zimbabwe. Janvi also won a second bronze medal at the 2018 African Youth Chess Championship held in Kisumu, Kenya.