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Triplets to anchor Chess team ahead of Iten Open championships

Triplets Amos, Samson and Gideon Yegon will anchor St. Patrick’s High School Chess team in this weekend’s Iten Annual Open Tournament to be staged athletics mad school of St. Patrick’s Iten high school.

The triplets, who joined form one this year at the school associated with producing world leading athletes were introduced to Chess by Chess coach and teacher Shem Vilembwa, the 2017 Kenya team head coach at Africa Youth Chess Championships where Kenya won gold in under 12 category, saw the potential in them following their extra-ordinary features in them after they recorded five marks difference in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

They will be joined by top school chess players Vincent Kipkoech and Deng Anei who all played at the 2018 Africa Youth Chess championships.

Kipkoech finished 3rd overall at the Africa Under 18 in Egypt.

Experienced teacher Vilembwa, who was the Kenya team coach at the 2015 Africa Youth Chess Championships in Zambia, said the triplets have the potential to improve in the game and the school has put more emphasis in sports.

“I saw the potential in the boys and I decided to take up the task of training them. They are keeping up with the game and I am expecting them to anchor the team to take the overall title at the championships,” said Vilembwa.

He added that the boys have plans of playing quality Chess and wishes to travel far and wide across the world through the game of Chess.

“They are great players, sharp and intelligent, which are qualities of any chess player. We are expecting them to play quality chess and Saturday will be their litmus test in a competition,” added Vilembwa.

There will be various sporting disciplines in the annual tournament that kicks off on Saturday to Sunday. Apart from Chess, there will be other discip0lines like volleyball, handball, hockey, basketball rugby7s and rugby15s.

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