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Chess Championships: Nyong'o holds talks with visiting Russian DPM

Friday August 17 2018
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Kisumu County Governor Prof Anyang Nyong'o welcomes Russia's DPM Arkady Dvorkovich when the DPM paid him a courtesy call on in his office August 17, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY |

By VINCENT OPIYO

Kisumu County Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong'o has on Friday held talks with former Russian Deputy Prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich in his Kisumu office.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup LOC chairman is gracing the 10th edition of Africa Youth Chess Championships being staged in the Lakeside city.

Arkady noted that it was the right time to develop the game of chess in Africa adding that this year’s competition is magnanimous.

“I am happy to be here in Kisumu, it’s a great chance to visit Kenya and meet people from other countries. I salute the players and Governor Nyong'o for hosting this tournament, it is important that chess is also developed not only in Europe but also Kenya and the rest of the Africa,” said Arkady.

Nyong'o lauded the Russian official on this historic visit to Kisumu.

“We are keen on sports development and we will engage your administration on collaborative initiatives to develop the game of chess and other sports in this county,” said the Governor.

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The DPM is scheduled to address the 174 participants ahead of the 8th round of the Africa Youth chess Championship 2018. He will also hold bilateral meetings with continental chess officials drawn from Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Cameroon, Sao Tome, South Sudan, Lesotho, Gambia, Uganda and Swaziland.

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Chess Kenya Chairman Bernard Wanjala (left) receives Russia Deputy Prime Minister on arrival at Kisumu International Airport on Friday 17, August 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY |

The Championship will conclude on Saturday with the winners getting a ticket to the World Youth Chess Championship.

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