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Friday, September 14, 2012

Kenya Chess Kid Shines at 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul

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Hi everyone,

Sharanya Kishan Iyengar - Kenya National
Women's Chess Champion at 10

Chess does not make it to mainstream media in Kenya all that much yet. It's always nice to know when kids from a country like Kenya excel at chess. Here is 10-year-old Sharanya Kishan Iyengar. Not only does she happen to be the Kenya national women's chess champion, but she also performed well at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul recently.

She played Board 4 for Kenya and scored a very nice five points from nine games. She was undefeated in the last six games she played and earned the title of Women Candidate Master (WCM). She got a walkover in the tenth round, so her title comes from the previous nine games at the Chess Olympiad. 

We wish Sharanya good luck in her chess career. May she prove an inspiration to kids in Kenya. We hope to see Sharanya work hard and earn all the other titles in chess right up to the Grandmaster level. 

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  • At September 15, 2012 at 6:55 AM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    cool its really nice to see kids coming up for chess and their parents supporting them the other day i read on this blog about ashley tapp - chess queen you are very nice to support chess and children i see that you also hold an annual chess tournament for kids that's so great


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