African Youth Chess Championship 2018

The African Youth Chess Championship was held from 12th August to 18th August at the Grand Swiss Hotel Kisumu. The tournament saw 170 participants with several nationalities from all over Africa represented eg Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Namibia, amongst other.





The tournament top seed in the open section overally was IM Kandil Adham from Egypt with  rating of 2290, and in the female section overally was WCM Nassr Rania from Algeria with a rating of 1867.


The tournament was organized by Chess Kenya, and was sponsored by the ministry of Sport and Culture courtesy of CS Rashid Echesa. The event was a 9 round event covered in 6 days starting with one round on Sunday the 12th of August.

The participants were given a free day on Wednesday 15th August where they got a chance to tour Kisumu County. The participants visited Kit Mikayi in the outskirts of Kisumu County.



They also got the chance to visit the Great Lake Victoria and some even got the chance to go boat riding in the great lake!


The tournament was graced by several honourable guest from within the country plus also outside the country. Some of the guests include Prof. Peter Nyong’o [Governor of Kisumu County] and his wife, and also the unforgettable appearance of the former Deputy Vice Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich who is currently vying for FIDE Presidency.




On the final day of the tournament, on Saturday 18th August, the 9th round too off and afterwards the tournament came to an end. On all days the rounds begun at 10.00am in the morning with the 2nd round beginning at 5.00pm in the evening as there were 2 rounds per day.

The closing ceremony was carried out on Saturday evening and begun around 6.30pm. All the participants were present with their coaches, trainers and parents by their side.


This is the list of winners in each category:

U-18 Girls
1. WFM Nassr Rania – ALGERIA
2. WIM Nassr Lina – ALGERIA
3. Wolmarans Riekie – SOUTH AFRICA

U-18 Boy
1. IM Kandil Adham – EGYPT
2. CM Araoun Saadi – ALGERIA
3. Shah Dev – KENYA

U-16 Boys
1. FM Brahami Lamine – ALGERIA
2. Amin Khaled Mohamed – EGYPT
3. CM Mhango Banele – SOUTH AFRICA

U-14 Girls
1. WCM Mudodo Refiloe Hazel – ZIMBABWE
2. WCM Amin Lila Mohamed – EGYPT
3. Gosrani Naiya – KENYA


U-14 Boys
1. FM Cheikh-Boukal Zivad – ALGERIA
2. Kanyike Victor – UGANDA
3. Oosthuizen Michal Jacobus – SOUTH AFRICA

U- 12 Girls
1. WCM Datharam Aarti – SOUTH AFRICA
2. Djerroud Charazed – ALGERIA
3. Murinda Anashe – ZIMBABWE

U-12 Boys
1. CM Tamer Ahmed – EGYPT
2. CM Benyahia Safin – ALGERIA
3. Nevin Tyler – SOUTH AFRICA

U-10 Girls
1. WCM Nassr Ryma – ALGERIA
2. Datharam Archana – SOUTH AFRICA
3. Mesmoudi Nada Errayhane – ALGERIA

U-10 Boys
1. CM Kandil Ahmed – EGYPT
2. CM Govender Kaedan – SOUTH AFRICA
3. CM Rahem Sammy – ALGERIA

U-8 Girls
1. WCM Hinda Ottilie – NAMIBIA
2. Hadjout Ilina – ALGERIA
3. WCM Shah Janvi Nipul – KENYA

U-8 Boys
1. Levitan Caleb Levi – SOUTH AFRICA
2. Levitan Judah Nathan – SOUTH AFRICA
3. Wahba David George – EGYPT

Much appreciation to Chess Kenya for hosting this very successful tournament and setting the bar for other countries. The tournament was carried out at top notch standards and the participants had a great experience in general.



Article and Pictures By Eastmond Mwenda, courtesy of Chess Kenya.

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