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North Rift Region – Kenya National Youth Chess Championships

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Kenya National Youth Chess Championships North Rift Region Qualifiers

The Kenya National Youth Chess Championships 2019 (KNYCC) North Rift Region Qualifiers was held on 2nd & 3rd March, in Moi Kapsowar Girls High School, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

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

A total of 201 students from 9 schools participated in the qualifiers.  The schools were: Chebara Boys High School, St. Patrick’s Iten High School, Tambach High School, Kabarnet High School, Sing’ore Girls High School, St. Joseph’s Chepterit Girls, Simotwo Boys High School, Immaculate Heart Juniorate, and the hosts Moi Kapsowar Girls High School.  The 6 round Classical event was played over two days with each player having one hour to complete their game.

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

The following topped their respective age categories and have also qualified for the Final Phase to be held on 5th – 8th April in Nyeri County.  Top players were awarded Certificates of Merit while all players got a Certificate of Participation.

Live band from Moi Kapsowar Girls High School. Photo credit Duke Michieka.
Live band from Moi Kapsowar Girls High School. Photo credit Duke Michieka.

Dominance by St Patrick’s Iten

There is an interesting phenomena about this event.  St Patrick’s Iten seems to have dominated it.  The swept the top 3 places in the U16 and U18 sections.  They also took second and third spot in the U14.

You will recall that St Patrick’s Iten has produced some of Kenya’s best runners.

These include Matthew Birir (1992 Olympic Gold 3000 m steeplechase), Wilson Boit Kipketer (2000 Olympic Gold 3000 m steeplechase) & Peter Rono (1998 Olympic Gold 1500 m).  David Rudisha (2012 Gold 800 m) is another famous alumni.

The question remains – Will the Kenya’s first IM be a product from this school?

Winners

Under 14 Girls

Alphine Lagat                         St. Joseph’s Chepterit Girls

Diana Kimutai                         Sing’ore Girls High School

Ivy Powon                             Sing’ore Girls High School

Under 14 Boys

Isaac Muchuma                      Tambach High School

Mutai Felix                            St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Mwaniki Kelly                         St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Under 16 Girls

Laurecia Atiagaga                        Immaculate Heart Juniorate

Maureen Chebet                          Sing’ore Girls High School

Lynn Anne                                  Sing’ore Girls High School

Under 16 Boys                                  

Wainaina John                          St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Ombati Ezrah                           St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Kemboi Dennis                          St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Under 18 Girls

Sheila Kisorio                            St. Joseph’s Chepterit Girls

Faith Kemboi                             Sing’ore Girls High School

Pauline Cherop                           Sing’ore Girls High School

Under 18 Boys

Kipkoech Vincent                      St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Kiptoo Alex                              St. Patrick’s Iten High School

Maroa Nashon                          St. Patrick’s Iten High School

The next Regional Qualifiers will be the South Nyanza and West Kenya to be held on 9th & 10th March in Kisii School and Kaimosi Girls’ High School respectively.

Links

Standings & Results.

Eastern Regional Qualifiers.

Trans-Nzoia Regional Qualifiers.

West Regional Qualifiers.

Nairobi Regional Qualifiers.

Story on St Patrick’s School.