The anticipated Chess Masters for Africa Tour (CMAT) kicked off on 10th of February 2017 after the arrival of South African chess Grandmaster Kenny Solomon. On Friday, the GM visited the schools identified by Minichess Kenya to benefit from CMAT i.e. Nairobi School, State House Girls High School and St. Georges Girls High School. GM Solomon gave the students a motivational speech and played a few games against them.
On Saturday and Sunday, the key aspect of the tour began, 13 trainees benefitting from the wide expertise and experience of GM Kenny Solomon in a group session training held at the Lottos Inn hotel in Westlands, Nairobi. The grandmaster’s expert training left the trainees hungry for more training from him. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday GM Solomon held one on one sessions with the trainees, gave them advice on how to improve their game and assignments for them to complete. In the afternoons of the same days he proceeded to train with them at their assigned schools.
Minichess Kenya is grateful to the Kasparov Chess Foundation and Paul Allen foundation for the opportunity and looks forward to CMAT II.
The trainees are:
• Tom Amwai
• Mutua Sembei
• Gwen Jumba
• Judith Awinja
• David Kinoti
• Hannah Muthoni
• Joseph Kirega
• Peter Sahado
• James Kabui
• Milton Kihara
• Cheryl Ngima
• Chahindi Muluda
• Fred SagweEnjoy the photos from his visit.

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