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2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship gets underway

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2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship – Opening Ceremony

The 2021 African Schools Individuals Chess Championship got off to an exciting start today evening with a delightful and short opening ceremony. The well-attended event at the Pride Inn Azure Hotel in Nairobi saw dignitaries from the Ministry of Sports, chess players from several African countries and Chess Kenya officials. The African Chess Confederation President, Mr Lewis Ncube of Zambia, was the Chief Guest.

African Chess Confederation President Lewis Ncube address at the opening ceremony.
African Chess Confederation President Lewis Ncube address at the opening ceremony.

One hundred and sixty six players from 9 African federations are taking part in this popular event.

Terence Chazima the Chess Kenya Federation Assistant Treasurer (in white shirt) poses with players from Zimbabwe.
Terence Chazima the Chess Kenya Federation Assistant Treasurer (in white shirt) poses with players from Zimbabwe.

The popular ‘sukuti‘ band Dotcom Entertainment were on hand to entertain the guests.

Sukuti band Dotcom Entertainment in action at the opening ceremony.

Chess Kenya Federation then hosted a gala dinner later in the evening with some great entertainment from the Zawadi Band.

The charming Zawadi Band in action.
The charming Zawadi Band in action.

2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship gets underway

Preparations for the 2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship that are due to take place in Nairobi this week enter their final stages. The players representing Kenya have now moved into residential training at Pride Inn Azure Hotel, Nairobi.

The rigorous selection process started with regional qualifiers before the top players met at Makini School for the finals. The two-day AISCC qualifiers brought 70 junior chess players from Nairobi, Nyanza, Central, Western, Rift Valley and Coast regions.

Poster for the final selection tournament for the 2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.
Poster for the final selection tournament for the 2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.
Poster for Nairobi region.
Poster for Nairobi region.

The players battled for tickets in the Under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 categories, with only the top two players in both boys’ and girls’ sections qualifying for the continental showpiece.

The event starts on 12th December and runs to 17th December 2021 at the Pride Inn Azure Hotel, Nairobi. 

Team Uganda pose for a group photo before leaving for the 2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship. Photo credit Uganda Chess Federation.
Team Uganda pose for a group photo before leaving for the 2021 African Schools Individual Chess Championship. Photo credit Uganda Chess Federation.

South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Algeria and Egypt are some countries that have confirmed participation.

Poster for the Central region.
Poster for the Central region.
Medals won by Kenya at past editions of the African Schools Individual Chess Championships.
Medals won by Kenya at past editions of the African Schools Individual Chess Championships.

The finalists will report to camp on Monday to prepare for the AISCC finals. 

Kenya has had reasonable success at the past editions of the African Schools Individual Chess Championships.

The brochure of the event can be downloaded here.

Team Kenya Players

U17 Boys

1. Rocky Muchiri – Central

2. Mutuma Kinoti – Nairobi

U17 Girls

1. Mercy Ingado – Nairobi

2. Ivy Nyambura – Nairobi

U15 Boys

1. CM Aguda Lwanga – Nairobi

2. Dheerav Shah – Coast

U15 Girls

1. Laurecia Atiagaga – Rift Valley

2. Rheya Shah – Coast

U13 Boys

1. Timothy Cerrulo – Nairobi

2. Jamie Kanango – Coast

U13 Girls

1. Zena Ibrahim – Nyanza

2. WCM Devashri Shah – Nairobi

U11 Boys

1. Ruhan Shah – Coast

2. Don Muiruri – Nairobi

U11 Girls

1. Elizabeth Cassidy – Rift Valley

2. Fantalis Nduta – Central

U-9 Boys

1. Curtis Reuben – Nyanza

2. John Murege – Rift Valley

U-9 Girls

1. Riziki Kuka – Nairobi

2. Melinda Chepeng’at – Rift Valley

U-7 Boys

1. Nathaniel Manyeki – Nairobi

2. Raymond Namuseyi – Rift Valley

U-7 Girls

1. Winnie Muchoki – Nairobi

2. Elsie Kamoni – Nairobi

Links

2021 African School Chess Championship on chess-results.com

Kenya scoops medals at the 2016 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.

Uganda dominates 2019 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.

Kenya wins medals at the 2017 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.

Jia Hiranandani grabs silver medal at the 2018 African Schools Individual Chess Championship.