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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kenya Chess Kid Sharanya Kishan Winning Big

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Hi everyone,

We just came across this interesting chess kid from Kenya. What's a 10-year-old girl doing winning the women's section of the Kenya Open Chess Championship 2012? Well, she is having fun. Sharanya Kishan - the Kenya U-10 chess champion 2012 - secured 8 points in nine rounds to win the title. The tournament was held from June 1-3 in Nairobi.

Sharanya Kishan (left) of Kenya

Chess is just beginning to develop in Africa. Kishan's performance at the chess tournament should be inspiring to hundreds of youngsters and children - particularly in Kenya - to go forward with their chess career.

Sharanya started learning chess at the age of eight and won the Girls U-8 category title at the Kenya National Youth Chess Championships in 2010. In the same year she represented Kenya at the World Youth Chess Championships - Halkidiki, Greece in Girls U-8 category and secured 6 points from 11 games.

Sharanya also represented Kenya at the World School Chess Championships 2011 in Krakow, Poland in Girls U9 category and finished joint 6th. In 2011, she won the Girls U-10 title at the Kenya National Youth Chess Championships and followed it up with a silver medal for Kenya in the Girls U-10 category at the African Youth Chess Championships 2011, at Lusaka, Zambia.

But, being good at chess does not mean you shut out the rest of the world. She manages to devote enough time to both studies and chess. In addition to chess she likes swimming, drawing, playing outdoor games with friends and occasionally going for a bowling session with her parents.

We wish all the best to Sharanya Kishan and all children of Kenya with their chess. Have lots of fun with chess!

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