Chess Kenya is ready for the 2022 Chess Olympiad in Chennai


Chess Kenya has finalized the list of National team players for the upcoming 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India, following the final selection process in January 2022. Benard Wanjala—Chess Kenya President, made this known in a Facebook post dated April 28, 2022 on Chess Kenya Facebook page.

Chess Kenya President, Benard Wanjala

To achieve more remarkable results at the Olympiad, Chess Kenya secured the services of GM Marian Petrov (2462) from Bulgaria.

GM Marian Petrov 2462 from Bulgaria. Head Coach of Team Kenya to the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai

Marian Petrov is a FIDE trainer, an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and two-time Bulgarian Chess Champion (2002 and 2017). Petrov is a winner of many open tournaments around the world.

He was the coach of the team of Wales at the last two Olympiads, Baku 2016. Petrov graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.

Also, Ben Magana has been promoted to captain for the Open Section.

Team Captain Open Section—Ben Magana

The team lineup is as follows:

Overall Coach: GM Marian Petrov

Open Section

Captain: CM Ben Magana


1. Namale Ben Nguku

2. Hinga Githinji

3. Njoroge Martin

4. Oluka Robert Mcligeyo

5. Mukoko Issac

Ladies Section

Captain: Moses Andiwoh


1. WCM Ndirangu Joyce Nyaruai

2. WFM Mongeli Sasha

3. Madelta Glenda

4. Jully Mutisya

5. Obondo Cynthia Awino

Great Job by Chess Kenya. We hope to see other African countries declare their team lineup for the 2022 Chess Olympiad.


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