IT IS ALL JOY AS KISUMU HOST AFRICAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Kisumu has once again landed the opportunity to host one of the precious international events as the 2018 African Youth Chess Championships is scheduled to take place in the Lake side city.
The week long tournament bound to start from 11th to 19th August is expected to attract hundreds of participants from across the continent and other external countries.
The opening ceremony of this Championship will be held on 12Th August 2018 at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel where the tournament will be hosted for the whole week.
This year’s competition has attracted players from 13 countries. East Africa will be represented by Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. Other participating countries include Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, Somalia. North Africa will be represented by Egypt and Algeria.
Last year Egypt hosted the 2017 chapter which saw over 500 people participating and a Kenyan, Fathima Muhammed won 7/7 points earning a prestigious WFM title. This was a big achievement to the girl and Chess Kenya at large since Egypt is a powerhouse of Chess in Africa and it's not easy to win a tournament on their soil
.Chess Kenya Chairman Bernard Wanjala urged the participants to strive for excellence during the one-week tournament.
“The game of chess has travelled the length and breadth of the globe and found devotees of every race, creed and nationality and therefore you should be very proud of yourself for carrying this wonderful tradition” said Wanjala.
Kisumu County CEC Sports and Tourism Achie Alai said this is a monumental sports outing urging the participants to exercise the spirit of sportsmanship.
“As Kisumu County, we are excited to host the continental event, we envisage to nurture sports men and women in the region, we do hope that the participants will enjoy the hospitality and the rich cultural heritage during their stay here”, said Achie.
Curtains will fall for this event on 18th August 2018 where there will be a ceremony to crown and gift the winners.