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2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship

The 2023 Kenya National Youth and Cadets Chess Championship was an absolute success, with just over 3,000 players from 500 schools participating!

The event at Kisii High School within Kisii County ran from 23rd to 27th April 2023.

Kisii High School the venue for the 2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.
Kisii High School the venue for the 2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

The winners of the twelve categories were declared the 2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Champions and will represent Kenya at continental and world events.

Kisii County Governor, His Excellency Simba Arati, graced the event and promised to support chess in his county.

His Excellence Governor Simba Arati having a match with Under 12 Champion Abel Taji
His Excellence Governor Simba Arati having a match with Under 12 Champion Abel Taji
Aerial view of the venue.
Aerial view of the venue.
View of the playing hall
View of the playing hall
Curious onlookers watches as under 8 play casual game Eldoret town as they wait for the bus enroute to Kisii for the 2023 National Youth Chess Championship.
Curious onlookers watches as under 8 play casual game Eldoret town as they wait for the bus enroute to Kisii for the 2023 National Youth Chess Championship.

 

Riara school enroute to Kisii for the 2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.
Riara school enroute to Kisii for the 2023 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

 

 Explosive growth in Kenyan chess

There has been explosive growth in numbers over the past couple of years in this event, from just under one thousand participants to over three thousand in 2023.

The 2024 edition will probably see around four thousand kids taking part.

Explosive growth in number in the Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.
Explosive growth in number in the Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

 

 

List of prize winners

Winners Under 8 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pts Award 1  Cash Award 
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Under 8 Open Plainsview Academy
Manyeki Nathaniel 8 Trophy           6,000
Nathan Baraka Mugambi Under 8 Open Silver Medal
Homeschool 7           3,000
Under 8 Open Kutus Municipality Bronze Medal
Alex Maina Nyaga 7           2,000
Winners Under 8 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pts Award 1  Cash Award 
.
Breetalliza, Becca Amandah Under 8 Girls Mudasa Academy
8 Trophy           5,000
Jadarudo, Achieng Oluchiri Under 8 Girls Silver Medal
Rafiki School 7           3,000
Under 8 Girls Bronze Medal
Tabitha, Makena KBA School 7           2,000
Winners Under 10 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pts. Award 1  Cash Award 
Under 10 Open
Floyd, Wasonga Sapphire School 8 Trophy           5,000
Yashmith, Ram Chaikam Under 10 Open Montessori Learning Centre Silver Medal
8           3,000
Under 10 Open The Msingi School Academy Bronze Medal
Shedrick, Nyadida 7.5           2,000
Winners Under 10 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Kaburo, Winnie Muchoki Under 10 Girls
Plainsview Academy 8 Trophy           5,000
Under 10 Girls Nairobi International School Silver Medal
Michelle, Lekolool 7           3,000
Under 10 Girls Bronze Medal
Annabel, Mideva Shah Lalji 7           2,000
Winners Under 12 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award
Under 12 Open Seedlings Junior School
Abel, Taji 8 Trophy           10,000
Oluchiri, Jeshurun Inyangala Under 12 Open Silver Medal
Rafiki School 8              3,000
Mugambi, Christian Mwamba Under 12 Open Bronze Medal
Homeschool 7              2,000
Winners Under 12 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Chanel, Mckenzie Under 12 Girls
The Banda School 8 Trophy        5,000
Fantalis, Lucy Nduta Under 12 Girls Nyeri Moi Complex School 7 Silver Medal
5        3,000
Elizabeth, Cassidy Under 12 Girls Bronze Medal
Kitale School 7        2,000
Winners Under 14 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Under 14 Open Moi Educational Center
Paul, Olando Junior 8 Trophy        5,000
Under 14 Open Silver Medal
Don, Muiruri St. Bakhita Schools 7        3,000
Under 14 Open Oshwal Academy Mombasa Bronze Medal
Shubh, Jaideep Shah 7        2,000
Winners Under 14 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Under 14 Girls
Kagambi, Angel 8 Trophy        5,000
Mwashe, Yvonne Adego Under 14 Girls Light International School Silver Medal
7        3,000
Maashao, Genevieve Under 14 Girls Ananda Marga Academy Bronze Medal
7        2,000
Winners Under 16 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Under 16 Open Brookside Preparatory School
Hawi, Kaloki 8 Trophy        5,000
Jamie, Obora Kanango Under 16 Open Mombasa Baptist High School Silver Medal
7        3,000
Under 16 Open Friends School Kamusinga Bronze Medal
Jerrel, Patisi 7        2,000
Winners Under 16 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pts Award 1  Cash Award 
.
Under 16 Girls
Muturi, Erica Mumbi Kianda School 8 Trophy        5,000
Atiagaga, Laurecia Minage Under 16 Girls Silver Medal
Moi Girls- Eldoret 7.5        3,000
Under 16 Girls Sinyolo Girls High School Bronze Medal
Zena Ibrahim, 7.5        2,000
Winners Under 18 Boys
Name Section Club/City Pts Award 1  Cash Award 
.
Under 18 Open
Isaiah, Otieno Mangu High 7.5 Trophy        5,000
Under 18 Open Silver Medal
Rocky, Muchiri Individual 7        3,000
Under 18 Open Highway Secondary School Bronze Medal
Chandler, Adams 7        2,000
Winners Under 18 Girls
Name Section Club/City Pt s. Award 1  Cash Award 
Gikandi, Bernice Wambui Under 18 Girls
Juja St Peters 8 Trophy        5,000
Under 18 Girls Silver Medal
Vivian, Muthoni Individual 7        3,000
Under 18 Girls Bronze Medal
Tiffany, Bogonko Moi Girls-Eldoret 7        2,000

Links

Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Champions 2023 on chess-results.com.

2022 Kenya National Youth & Cadets Chess Championship.

Kenya National Youth Chess Championship 2022 on chess-results.com.

2020 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

2019 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

2018 Kenya National Youth Chess Championship.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.