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Nathaniel Manyeki grabs gold in continental event

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Nathaniel Manyeki grabs gold in continental event

Nathaniel Manyeki stunned his Egyptian hosts by winning the gold medal in the U8 Boys at the recently concluded 2023 African Youth Chess Championship in Cairo.  He won the event with a perfect score of 9 points out of nine rounds crushing six Egyptians, a Kenyan, an Algerian and a player from Zimbabwe.

Elizabeth Cassidy Maina on the other hand grabbed a bronze medal in the U12 Girls Section.

Nathaniel Manyeki the winner of the Open U8 category of the 2023 African Youth Chess
Nathaniel Manyeki the winner of the Open U8 category of the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

 

Kenya had a squad of 120 to Cairo, Egypt for the Africa Youth Chess Championship 2023. The Kenyan contingent to the event had comprised of 79 and 41 parents and coaches who accompanied the young players.

A delighted Elizabeth Cassidy Maina with a bronze medal in the Girls U12 category of the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.
A delighted Elizabeth Cassidy Maina with a bronze medal in the Girls U12 category of the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

They team spent one week at the Talanta Hela Camp organised by the Ministry of Sports.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Art and Sports sponsored the 12 national champions, two coaches and two chaperons, while various sponsors, schools and parents paid for the rest of the contingent.

The head of the mission was Chess Kenya Secretary General John Mukabi, and the Head Coach was Victor Hongo.

Egypt – the powerhouse of African chess

Egypt dominated the event, winning nine gold medals out of the twelve on offer, plus six silver and ten bronze medals.

FM Kevin George Michael of Egypt and winner of the Open U18 section. He is rated 2323 and seems destined to step into the shoes of compatriots GM Amin Bassem and GM Adly Ahmed.
FM Kevin George Michael of Egypt and winner of the Open U18 section. He is rated 2323 and seems destined to step into the shoes of compatriots GM Amin Bassem and GM Adly Ahmed. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.
Medal standings.

The 2023 African Youth Chess Championship was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 1st to 9th September 2023 with just over 400 players from 13 African federations taking part.  The age groups were U18, U10, 12, U14, U16 and U18 for both girls and open sections.

The winners from each section will earn personal rights to represent the continent in World Youth 2024 and World Cadets 2024.

Some of the players from the Kenyan delegation.
Some of the players from the Kenyan delegation.
Team Uganda for the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.
Team Uganda for the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.
Team Zimbabwe for the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.
Team Zimbabwe for the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.

 

Sana Kayyar of Uganda with the sliver medal in the Girls U16 at the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship.
Sana Kayyar of Uganda with the sliver medal in the Girls U16 at the 2023 African Youth Chess Championship. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

Links

2023 African Youth Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

2022 African Youth Chess Championship.

2022 African Youth Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

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