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Clement Chomu Miheso wins PWD National Championship

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Clement Chomu Miheso wins PWD National Championship

Clement Chomu Miheso won the 2nd edition of the Kenya National Chess Championship PWD. He obtained 6 points out of the six rounds in an event held at the Luke Hotel, Nairobi.

Clement Chomu Miheso
Clement Chomu Miheso.

The reigning Champion, Saddam Ali, was second with 5 points while Eric Khamandi was third with the same points but lower tie-break.

Sadam Ali Sheikh the 2019 and reigning Kenya National Chess Champion PWD.
Sadam Ali Sheikh the 2019 and reigning Kenya National Chess Champion PWD.

The event held on the 16th of January 2022 had just over 80 participants in the Open (28 players), Ladies (15 players), Girls (10 players) and Boy (32 players) section.

The action was hot as can be seen in this photo.

Mercy Cherono, on the other hand, won the Ladies section with a perfect score of 6 points from six rounds. Charles Kilunguya won the Boys section, while Dorcus Mutua won the Girls section.

Mercy Cherono the winner of the Ladies section of the Kenya National PWD Chess Championship.
Mercy Cherono the winner of the Ladies section of the Kenya National PWD Chess Championship.

The majority of the Girls and Boys section participants came from Joytown Secondary School near Thika town. It is a coeducational institution for learners with physical disabilities.

More action photos.
More action photos.

The top four players from the Open and the Ladies section will now represent Kenya in international events.

Open Section

1. Clement Miheso
2. Sadam Ali Sheikh
3. Eric Khamadi
4. Wambalo Wong

Ladies Section

1. Mercy Cherono
2. Mary Nduku
3. Margaret Kanyua
4. Mary Muthochi

Wycliffe Ndiki a visually impaired player in action.
Wycliffe Ndiki a visually impaired player in action.

Wycliffe Ndiki made history by becoming the first visually impaired player to take part in the Kenya National Championship.

The first time Kenyans saw a visually handicapped player in action was when Aditya Shah took part in a simultaneous against GM Maurice Ashley at the Nairobi Gymkhana Club.

Kenya has taken tremendous strides towards inclusivity by hosting the 2nd edition of the Kenya National Chess Championship PWD. South Africa is the only African nation that hosts these kinds of events.

Bolo Ronald was the Chief Arbiter of the event.

Poster of the event.
Poster of the event.

FIDE an inclusive federation

FIDE currently allows three federations to take part in the bi-annual chess Olympiads. These include players from the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA), the International Chess Committee of the Deaf (ICCD) and the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA).

Facts about Clement Miheso

Clement Chomu Miheso is affectionately known as ‘Champ‘ due to his string of tournament victories his heydays. He served as Chairman for Kenya Chess Association for several years until mid-1993.

He has represented Kenya at the Chess Olympiad’s 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990 editions.

Clement Miheso has also represented Kenya at the 2015 edition of the World Chess Championship for the Disabled.

Photo credits

Winnie Thitu & Rhoda Olisa.

Links

2021 Kenya National PWD Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

Sadam Ali Sheikh crowned 2019 Kenyan National Chess Champion PWD.

Aditya Shah a Kenyan hero.

Clement Miheso in action during the World Chess Championship .