St Peters Juja ends Russian campaign
St Peters Juja School have just returned from the Belaya Ladya Chess Tournament in Sochi, Russia. They ended up in 92nd position out of 104 teams.
For St Peters Juja School this was their second appearance that this prestigious event. Their final standing might seem a bit disappointing, but the experience the children gained was invaluable.
St Peters Juja earned the right to represent Kenya when they won the national title as the best overall primary school.
Robert Irungu, Mbarire Jude, Lawrence Micheal and Yvonne Waithera were part of the team.
Mr Michael Mutua was the chess coach.
Ms Saphinah Moraa was the Head of Delegation. She is a teacher at Nyabigena Boys School.
Egypt and Namibia were the other representatives from Africa. Egypt ended up in 88th in the ranking. Namibia ended up in position 101.
St. Petersburg (Vasileostrovsky district) are the winners
St. Petersburg (Vasileostrovsky district) was the overall winner with 26 points. Mongolia were the runners up with 24.5 points. Novosibirsk & Sverdlovsk regions were in joint third with 23.5 points.
St. Petersburg will now travel to Cap d’Agde for a match with the best French school team.
Kirill Putrenko, Igor Ismagilov, Yuri Khodko and Daryan Lovagin were part of the winning team. Sergey Klimov is their coach.
The team from Mongolia will now be eligible to participate in the 2020 international Aeroflot Open tournament.
Just over 50,000 students took part in the regional qualifying for the Belya Ladya event.
The event has attracted international participants from 2015.
Eighty teams from the Russian Federation, as well as 26 international teams, took part in this year’s edition.
Each team consists of 4 players (at least one girl) aged 14 and younger.
Organisers & Sponsors
Russian Chess Federation.
Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.
Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
The Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.
FGC UES PJSC is a Russia state-owned energy company. It is the country’s largest transmission grid company.
PhosAgro PJSC is a Russian chemical holding company producing fertiliser, phosphates and feed phosphates.