- The only Kenyan representative at the Online Chess Cup for People Living with Disability Sadam Ali has set his sights on more glory as he focuses on the upcoming World Chess Online Para-Olympiad.
Ali, the reigning champion of Kenya National Chess Championship for People Living with Disability, was part of the Online Chess Cup for people with disabilities held on Thursday, is confident of a good performance in the upcoming World Chess Online Para-Olympiad.
On Friday, he emerged 26th in the invitational five-round tournament which featured 36 players from around the globe. Poland’s Marcin Tazbir pocketed 2,200 Euros (the equivalent of Sh256,704) for emerging the best in the tournament.
The game was touted as a rehearsal for the upcoming online Olympiad, which will take place from July 28 to August 5.
Ali, who won two rounds in the tournament, expects a better performance in the Olympiad, owing to the experience he gained from Thursday’s online tournament.
“It was my first attempt (at competing in an online championship), thus very challenging. With the exposure and continuous training, I believe I can improve and bring Kenya glory in the Olympiad,” Ali said.
Ali received lots of praise from the Chess Kenya President Benard Wanjala following his performance in the tournament.
“He (Ali) played against some of the best players in the world, so it is a very good performance. With more training, he can do better in the Olympiad.” Wanjala said.
In the meant time, Chess Kenya has organized online tournaments to help the national team prepare for the upcoming Chess World Olympiad games.
Chess is one of the sports activities affected by the novel pandemic coronavirus but around a month ago chess Kenya shifted to the online tournament to adapt and resume to their normalcy.
The online shift move by the chess Kenya was received well as what the players said you can revisit and observe the messes the player has made.