Peninah Nakoba sole country rep at 2021 Africa individual Chess Championship

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By Ali Mutanje

Nakoba earned a sponsorship trip to Lilongwe, Malawi after beating off competition from 2 Ugandans, 3 Kenyans and players from Mauritius in the zone 4.4 qualification. 

The competition that was held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic saw Peninah draw once and win 6 times to earn a 6.5 point count after 7 rounds. 

She also beat off competition from fellow country women in Safina Mugide and Shakirah Ampairwe to qualify for the 9 rounds Swiss competition that will be held in Lilongwe Malawi at Crossroads Hotel. 

The tournament is set for May 17th to 28th in search of Africa’s four finest who will proceed to represent Africa at the Chess World Cup in Sochi Russia in July. 

Peninah has another bird to catch in point accumulation where she’s looking to garner more than 1,000 points to claim the title of Fide Master on her way to become grand master.

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