Kenyan stars return from 2023 World Youth Chess Championship
The Kenyan quartet of Robert Mcligeyo, Jamie Obora, Ruhan Dhruv Shah and Yvonne Mwashe have returned from the 2023 World Youth Chess Championship. The event which ran from 13th to 24th November 2023 in Montesilvano, Italy saw over 750 participants from 92 federations taking part.
The team found the going tough and did not return with any medals but gained valuable experience in the event, which had GM Murzin Volodar of Russia rated at 2625.
Robert Mcligeyo’s performance deserves special mention. He scored 4.5 points out of the 11-round event, gaining 40 Elo points in this prestigious and challenging event. He defeated CM Dion Krivenko of Estonia, rated 2218, before drawing against three other players with 2228, 2270 and 2247 ratings.
Robert Mcligeyo v Dion Krivenko
Sherry Ariella Agaba, Sana Omprakash Kayyar, and Shoubhith Ompraksah Kayyar represented Uganda in the event.
Sana Omprakash Kayyar, rated 1562, deserves special mention. She scored 5.5 points, gaining an astronomical 153 Elo points.
Sana Omprakash Kayyar v Chloe Badenhorst
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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.