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Nairobi News : November 18th 2013
sport Olympic girls’ team celebrates after winning the schools national girls football title in Embu in August. Joseph Kanyi, NairobiNews Monday, November 18, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 31 Purity learnt chess in a day and now rules Trail blazer. The player accidentally ventured into the sport in school where she rose to be the Mombasa Open Champion, her sights are set on the World International Master award BRIAN YONGA, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org winning a few hours later. That is how Purity Maina (pictured) N the reigning Mombasa Open Chess Champion started playing in 2002 while in high school. She had never played the game before and when the chance came up, Purity agreed reluctantly. “On the eve of an inter-schools tour- nament, members of the our chess team were nowhere to be seen, throwing the captain in panic. She requested me to fill the void but I refused because I knew nothing ot many people are capable of learning a sport in one day and about the sport,” she recalls. The captain convinced her and even offered to train Maina. She agreed, not knowing that it would be the beginning of her prowess in the sport. Remarkably, out of the five players that represented Nile Road Girls High School the following day in the competition, only Purity won a game. The win developed her interest in the sport. Thereafter, she joined the chess club where she improved her skills and continued representing the school at various competitions In 2003, Mwangi qualified for the All African Games in Abuja but lacked funds. The following year, she also quali- fied for another event in Maputo but skipped it because she was sitting for her Form Four examinations. Purity’s first international event in Purity: On the eve of an interschools event, members of our chess team school were nowhere to be seen, throwing the captain in panic mode. She requested me to fill the void” Dresden, Germany in 2008 was her best moment. She won a prestigious title – Women Candidate Master after beating her opponent, ranked 500 places above her.
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