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Nairobi News : November 22nd 2013
sport Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 31 Olympic girls’ team celebrates after winning the national schools’ football title in Embu last August. Joseph Kanyi, NairobiNews She learnt chess in a day and is now queen of game BRIAN YONGA, NairobiNews @yonga email@example.com N ot many people are capable of learning a sport in one day and winning a few hours later. That is how Purity Maina the reigning Mom- basa Open Chess Champion started playing in 2002 while in high school. She had no prior knowledge of the game and when the chance came up, Purity agreed reluctantly. “On the eve of an inter-schools tournament, members of the chess team were nowhere to be seen, throwing the captain in panic. She re- Mombasa Open chess champion Purity Maina during a recent interview at the NairrobiNews office . Ann Kamoni, NairobiNews Maina: On the eve of an inter-schools event, members of the school chess team were nowhere to be seen, throwing the captain in panic mode. She requested me to fill the void” quested me to fill the void but I refused because I knew nothing about the game” she recalled. The captain convinced and even offered to train Maina. She agreed, not knowing that it would be the beginning of her prowess in the game. Remarkably, out of the five players who represented Nile Road Girls High School the following day in the competition, only Purity won a game. Prestigious win This developed her interest in the sport. Thereafter, Maina joined the chess club where she improved her skills and continued representing the school at various competitions. In 2003, Maina qualified for the All African Games in Abuja but lacked funds to participate. The following year, the player invited to another competition in Maputo but skipped it because of Form Four examinations. Maina’s first major event in Germany in 2008 was her best moment. She won a prestigious title – Women Candidate Master after beating an opponent ranked 500 places above her.
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