NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
No love lost as 13 countries lock horns in battle
for the Africa Youth Chess Championship, which will be held in
Kisumu, Kenya starting from Sunday to Aug 18.
will give the event a bye with the East Africa region
represented by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
countries include Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana,
Namibia, Angola, Cameroon and Somalia. North Africa will be
represented by Egypt and Algeria.
Chess Kenya Chairman
Bernard Wanjala said, “The game of chess has traveled the length
and breadth of the globe and therefore you should be very proud
of yourself for carrying this wonderful tradition.”
Kenya will be
represented by 58 players, with South Africa fielding in 23
players, Algeria 17 players Namibia 15, while Uganda and
Zimbabwe will have 14 players each during this year’s
Duke Michieka, Vice
President Technical Chess Kenya, said it’s all systems go for
this year’s event.
have already jetted in for this year’s championship, there will
be stiff competition from the Egyptians, South Africans,
Algerians and host Kenyan players,” said Duke.
The players will be
divided into 12 categories from age eight to 18. The game format
will be played as a nine round Swiss event with time control of
90 minutes plus 30 seconds.
The Under-18 boy’s
category has attracted Egyptian International Master Kandil
Adham, who is the highest rated player in the event.
Others are Algeria’s
Candidate Master Araoun Saadi, Kenya’s Sumit Satish, Liloko
Elvis and Munene Brian, Zambia’s Patrick Linda and Namibia’s Van