Enter the Grandmaster

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What you need to know:

  •  Madelta Glenda Nyaitondi, 21, is a fast rising chess players and the first Kenyan to win a world chess title.


  •  She outclassed Mozah Al-Moaamari from the United Arab Emirates, clinching 7.5 points to win the World Women’s Armature Chess Championships held last month in Greece. That was Kenya’s first world title.


  • The win came with a Sh75, 984 cash prize and earned her free full board accommodation for next year’s competition.


  •  Mady is a pharmacy student at the University of Nairobi and an alumna of Alliance Girls High School.


  • She has played chess professionally for three years, featuring in local and international tournaments.


  • She looks up to Hungarian chess grandmaster Judit Polgar who achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15, becoming the youngest player to do so.

1. How did you get into chess?
I was never into sports. In fact, I didn’t engage in any sports activity until 2016 when I was in high school. That’s when I got interested in chess. Most people called me a geek because I was in the mathematics club and participated in some computer projects which all together led me to the chess club. I was immediately drawn to the game because I enjoyed puzzles and looked at chess as an advanced level of puzzle solving. It was really cool because we were being trained by professionals. It was also relaxing and exciting to learn something new, so I stuck to it.

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