The Kenya Nationals Youths and Cadets Chess
Championship - Coast Region Qualifiers took place on 25/02/2017
at Wild Waters in Mombasa.
The event was Organized by Mombasa Chess Club with the
tournament director being Mr. Paul Ombui assisted by Gideon
Kirwa the Chief Arbiter, Joram Micheal and Nicholas Waigwa as
A total of 38
players from the following schools took part; Sheikh Khalifa,
Aga Khan High, Aga Khan Academy, MM Shah, Mombasa Academy, Memon
High and Oshwal Academy.
In under 8 category
Amier Muravej was position 1 with 5/5 points, followed by Jason
Hira with 4/5 both players from Aga Khan Academy.
Aayan Natha of
Mombasa Academy came 3rd with 3 points.
John Kamau and Peter
Njogu of MM Shah topped Under 12 category both with 5/6 points,
followed by Haimi Shah of Aga Khan Academy who had 4 points.
registered for under-18 category.
Noor Mohamed Shabbir
of Memon High garnered 4.5/5 points to top the group followed by
Mahek Shah of Aga Khan Academy and Sri Chaitanye of Oshwal
Academy both with 4 points.
Top four in each
Category qualified for the Nationals Qualification in 18th
March, 2017 at Alliance Girls, Nairobi.
The event was also
used as preparations for Mombasa Open International Chess
championship which is set for 19th to 22nd
April 2017 at Wild Waters.
Mombasa Chess Club To Host Two
Prestigious Events In April 2017
Mombasa Chess Club has been honored to host the Africa Zone 4.2
Under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship which will be held from
April 15th 2017 to April 22nd 2017.
The zone 4.2
includes the following countries: Benin Republic, Djibouti,
Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and
Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
will be played in a team format with each country presenting a
team of 4 players to battle it out with the other countries in
The winner of each
match will be declared by the aggregate of the scores of each
player in the team.
This tournament is
set to attract the strongest chess players from across the
Africa Zone 4.2 as well as give privileged and under-privileged
players an opportunity to play on an equal platform.
Other zones will
also have their separate championships to choose the teams that
will represent Africa in the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
2017 to be held in Ahmedabad, India from 10th to 20th
This is the first
time we will have a qualifying process for the Olympiad in
Africa and Kenya is honored to be the first to present the teams
for the Olympiad.
Kenya will be
represented by 4 teams as we are the host country and the
qualifiers to select the 4 teams will be held in Nairobi on
continental event will be the Mombasa International Open Chess
tournament 2017 which will kick off from the 19th
April and end on the 22nd April 2017.
The closing ceremony
for the two events will be held together at Wild Waters, Mombasa.
Vishwanathan Anand, who is the immediate former World Champion
of Chess, has graciously accepted to honor us with his presence
to inspire the players and present a special simul performance
on the 23rd with select players.
He reigned from 2007
to 2013 and has challenged the current world champion Magnus
Carlsen twice for the crown.
He will also assist
in distributing prizes on the last day of the tournament which
will be on 22nd April.
As a sponsor, we
would like to invite you or your representative to join in the
presentation of prizes.
For more information
kindly log onto
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Zone 4.2 Africa U-16 Youth Team
Mombasa Open Chess Championship is a flagship annual event of
Mombasa Chess Club organized each year since the year 2002.
Over the years,
Mombasa Open Chess Championship has turned out to be one of the
most successful chess tournaments in Kenya, attracting over 100
players from Kenya and across East Africa.
This year we expect
a total of 600 players from across Africa as some will be coming
to participate in the Zone 4.2 Africa Under 16 Youth Team Chess
Championship to be held at the same venue.
In 2016, we had
representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania represented.
The winner of the
tournament was International Master Elijah Emojong from Uganda
after a hotly contested battle with his Ugandan counterpart
International Master Authur Ssengwanyi who was the defending
champion of the 2015 edition.
The last Kenyan to
hold the coveted trophy Athena is Brian Kidula from Nairobi in
Mombasa Open -2017
will be held at Wild Waters, Links Rd, Mombasa (www.wildwaterskenya.com)
on April 15th to April 22nd 2017.
This year there will
be 5 different categories including: Prestige for players rated
1800 and above; Open for any players rated below 1800 and
unrated players; Team for cooperate, schools, families and
friends who can make a team of 4; Ladies Open; and finally
In Kenya, Many Chess
players look forward to participate in Mombasa Open Chess
Championship for many reasons, include the following;
It is the most
competitive Chess. Competition in Kenya attracting the strongest
players from Uganda and Tanzania
It is registered
with FIDE – World Chess Federation (https://www.fide.com
It is open to Chess
players of all age categories (from 6 years and above) with
different background and nationality.
It is the biggest
Chess event that happens outside Nairobi.
players with opportunity of getting International & National
rating or improve in their current rating.
Mombasa Chess Club history and
Chess Club is one of the biggest Chess Clubs in Kenya. We have
been in existence since the year 2002.
We strive to provide
the best experience for Chess players at all levels and all age
Our club is run by
volunteers who are passionate about chess and we welcome new
members every week.
We are registered
with Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts.
At the moment
Mombasa Chess Club is the only Organization that deals with
Chess activities in Coast region.
We meet on Saturdays
at 2pm for Chess practice session at The Little Theater Club.
successfully introduced chess in schools programmes and the
following schools are currently running active chess clubs in
Home · Mikoroshoni Primary School · Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Secondary · Aga Khan primary · Tudor Day Secondary School ·
Nyali Primary School · Mombasa Secondary School for the
Physically Handicapped Plans are underway of reaching the
following schools: · SOS Children’s Villages · Shree
Swaminarayan· Mama Ngila Girls High School · Star of the Sea ·
Oshwal Academy Mombasa ·Jaffery Academy
Our focus is to
provide a platform where Chess players of all age categories
exercise their talents and develop into strong Chess players of
excellent caliber and character.
We have achieved
this by involving ourselves in the following activities:
interschool Chess competitions for Primary and Secondary schools
Organizing for Open
tournaments including the annual Mombasa Open Chess Tournament.
We participate in
Kenya Chess League.
coaching in primary and secondary schools in coast region.
and advice to schools as they develop chess clubs and chess
and advice to individual players who would like to participate
in Chess competitions.
Benefits of Chess to Pupils:
Playing chess in
school helps students achieve many learning outcomes faster and
more effectively. Put simply, chess makes kids smarter. In a
world where education is more about thinking Skills and less
about knowledge, and where engaging young people is harder than
ever, chess has proven to be an invaluable educational tool.
Chess benefits are
numerous below are just but a few:
concentration and memory.
According to studies
done at the University of Memphis, playing chess significantly
improves children’s visual memory, attention span, and
because, in chess as in school, concentration and memory go hand
In order to play
well, you have to focus completely on your objective—capturing
the opponent’s king.
As you constantly
visualize the board, its pieces, your moves, and your opponent’s
every possible countermove, your power of concentration grows.
concentration grows, it becomes easier to memorize past games
and classic strategies. In the process, both concentration and
memory grow stronger in a kind of mutually reinforcing “dance.”
Enhances reading and
With its focus on
problem solving and move variables, it’s not surprising that
chess can improve a student’s math skills.
show that chess improves reading skills as well !
multi-year studies of elementary-school-age children in Texas,
Los Angeles, New York, and Pennsylvania, researchers found that
students who played chess showed more improvement in reading
and/or math assessment scores than their non-chess playing
A Venezuelan study
even found that playing chess increased students’ IQs!
Why does chess improve reading skills ?
educational psychologist Dr. Stuart Marguilies, suggests that
it’s because the cognitive processes for both are similar—
requiring decoding, thinking, comprehension, and analysis.
critical thinking, and creativity.
Chess favors the
“if–then” thinker. “If I move here, then my opponent may move
here, here, or even here.”
That’s logic and
critical thinking in action!
But studies also
show that chess boosts creativity, most dramatically in one
In a four-year study
of students in grades 7 to 9, researchers found that playing
chess increased original thinking more than two other
creativity-training activities did.
that by encouraging students to imagine all possible move
alternatives, chess trains the mind to play with possibilities,
which is a cornerstone of original thinking.
rewards hard work.
immediate feedback. Lose your focus, lose a piece. Practice and
study the strategies, win more games.
Mombasa Chess Club
is looking for volunteers to help with spreading the gospel of
chess in the coast region and in Kenya in general.
Round 2 of the tournament going on.