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Chess players leave the country for World Amateur Championships

Chess Kenya team left today to compete at the World Amateur Chess Championships to be held in Greece.

The federation chairman Bernard Wanjala said that he was delighted inform Kenyans that Chess Kenya will be sending 11 players to participate World Amateurs that will be played between 16th-26th October 2021.

“Chess Kenya focus this year is put a lot of emphasis on international exposure with mix of continental and world events. It’s indeed God’s doing to see this trip take off despite of major challenges encountered in planning phase for the last 6months,” wrote Wanjala.

He said that they had to overcome challenges of securing sponsorship two months ago and organisers had informed them that Kenyans fall under “third world countries” not allowed to enter Greece.

“We thank God we never gave up and things changed for better when we were able to meet high commissioner to Greece at Greek Embassy which coincidentally located on Nation media house, just opposite Chess Kenya secretariat. He happens to know much about chess and agreed to give the team the visas.”

“Having received green light on visas, the team convened for a camp to prepare for this prestigious event.”

Open section

  1. Joseph Methu
  2. Jackson Kamau
  3. Martin Njoroge
  4. Singe Philip
  5. Benjamin Magana
  6. Mehul Gohil
  7. Saddam Ali(National champ PWD)

Larry Kagambi- Coach

Steve ouma-Assistant Coach

Harrison Nyaga-Coach and Assistant to Sadam.

Ladies section

  1. Lucy Wanjiru
  2. Joyce Nyaruai
  3. Sasha Mongeli
  4. Madelta Glenda
  5. Brian Kidula-Coach

Ronald Bolo-Assistant Coach

Terence Chazima-HOD

Gilbert Wandera-Official

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