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Chess Kenya shift to postponed World Chess Olympiad

After missing to advance at the World Chess Olympiad championships Chess Kenya’s hard task will be preparing the team for the World Chess Olympiad Championships in Moscow, Russia next next.

Kenya who lost all their games today at the Virtual World Olympiad that came to an end today Sunday 2nd August 2020 will be preparing for the games that were to be held in September 2020 has been moved to August 2021.

But that has not posed any worry to Chess Kenya Chairman Bernard Wanjala is optimistic that they will play better games at the postponed World Chess Olympiad championships.

Kenya finished 6th with eight points in Division Four behind Hong Kong, Thailand and Chinese Taipei with 18, 15 and 14 points respectively.

Wanjala said that they were forced to play with buffering internet hence posting poor results but they are ready to redeem their image next year.

“What we got is not what we expected as a team and the nation. There are some areas that we could not control like the internet. Those are the challenges of virtual games,” said Wanjala.

Chinese Taipei 5 Kenya 1 Kenya lost 5-1 to Chinese Taipei, 4.5 to 1.5 against Hong Kong and 4-2 over Myanmar to ship out the tournament.

“The place we used to play had poor network connections and some players missed time but we are looking forward to better results next year In Russia. The postponement will give us a great time to prepare,” said the optimistic Wanjala.

The World Chess Olympiad was to be held in September but the coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers to move the championships a year.

“This disease has affected all sporting activities and we are not exempted. The weekend results have shown that we are weak somewhere and we need to work on it seriously,” added Wanjala.

The 44th World Chess Olympiad will take place in Moscow, Russia from August 5 to 18 next year.

With Division Four rounds of the online Olympiad now over, focus shifts to Division Three, which will take place from August 7 to 9.

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