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The Quo Vadis Chess Club Report

An article by Sylvia Gitari

The Quo Vadis Chess Club was a beehive of activity last weekend at their Youth Hub, opposite The Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri.

The first was a simultaneous tournament pitting Matthew Kiama as the challenger against 50 players, and the second was a donation of 170 chess boards to various schools in the Nyeri region.

Matthew Kiama Simultaneous

8 Hours! These are the hours that Mathew Kiama was on his feet in the Simul Tournament.  Kiama is a Solar Engineer and the founder of Vista Energy Co Ltd, a company that deals in solar products in Kenya. He was introduced to chess just after finishing his fourth form (about 22 years ago). Mathew also won the first position, with Nephat Thuku, in the Nyeri Open Chess Tournament held in 2019.  

Kiama challenged 50 players during the simultaneous. Of the 50 games, Kiama won 41, lost two and drew 7. One of the winners against Kiama was 11-year-old Irwin Ndege from Nyeri Primary School, and the other was Donald Kipkoech, a 4th-year civil engineering student from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.

The seven draws were from;

  1. Ted Philip (Mary Immaculate)
  2. Elvis Kamoni (Nyeri High School)
  3. Faith Moraa (DEKUT)
  4. Joseph Kabiru (Ascending Pawn)
  5. Martin Macharia (Nairobi)
  6. Princess Wangari (Gatondo Girls’)
  7. Fantalis Nduta (Gift of Chess)
    Matthew Kiama in action during the simultaneous.

    The Quo Vadis Chess Club
    Summary of the event.

Chess set donation

170 chessboards! The number of chessboards distributed to 32 primary and secondary schools from Nyeri County during the Quo Vadis Chess Club Simul Tournament on Saturday, 24th February 2024.  The chessboards were gifted to the schools by The Gift of Chess an international charitable organisation, which aims to promote chess at the grassroots by donating chessboards to vulnerable schools and communities. 

The Gift of Chess personnel also participated in group training sessions during the day.

Some of the beneficiaries of the chess sets.
The organising team. From the left,
Sylvia Gitari (Quo Vadis), Caroline Njenga (Flying Knights), Phyllis (Gift of Chess), Rev. Fr. Benard Watoro (Quo Vadis), Mercy (Gift of Chess), Robinson Kihumba (Quo Vadis) and Philip Waithanji (New Fortis Sacco)
The Quo Vadis Chess Club
Event poster.

Quo Vadis Chess Club

The Quo Vadis Chess Club is one of the programs under Quo Vadis Youth Hub, a centre for youth mentorship and formation under the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri, which is a brainchild of His Grace Anthony Muheria, the Archbishop of Nyeri.  

Quo Vadis‘ is Latin for ‘Where are you going?‘ We 

The centre opposite Dedan Kimathi University, Nyeri, aims to help young people know where they are going through mentorship programs.

The club was established with the idea to grow chess in the Mt. Kenya Region by nurturing young chess players through various programs. 

Upcoming events for the Quo Vadis Chess Club are;

  • 1st June 2024 – Quo Vadis Nyeri Chess Open (Fide-rated)
  • 20th July 2024 – Quo Vadis Junior Chess Championship 
  • 21st September 2024 – Quo Vadis Knockout Tournament 

The chess club meets every Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Quo Vadis Youth Hub. For more information about the club, please get in touch with the club secretary, Sylvia Gitari, at Nyambugitari@gmail.com.

The Quo Vadis Chess Club logo.
The Quo Vadis Chess Club logo.

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