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Welcome to Paras Gudka’s Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Paras Gudka: a 31 year-old Kenyan chess player, blogger and soon-to-be club cricketer from and based in Nairobi. I have been writing about chess since 2010 when I founded the now defunct Chess … Continue reading →


Practising batting strokes in front of the mirror in my room

Cricket Comes Before Chess

If you follow me on Twitter, you will have noticed a recent spate in cricket-related updates. If you’re a chess fan who doesn’t really care about cricket and are dismayed by the sheer volume of these tweets, I apologise for … Continue reading →


I wish you an awesome 2015!

My Chess Plans for 2015

Happy New Year, people! Don’t you just love the freshness a new year brings with it? So many possibilities of starting anew and cleansing one’s memories of past mistakes and failures. For me 2014 was the year I started getting serious … Continue reading →


Alexandra Samaganova at the Tromsø Olympiad

Interview: Alexandra Samaganova on Kyrgyz Chess Culture

For my last chess interview of 2014, I present to you a conversation with the beautiful, talented and multilingual Alexandra Samaganova, Kyrgyzstan’s second-highest rated (2022) female player and the reigning women’s national champion. What I find most fascinating about her story … Continue reading →


Winner of the 9th Mediterranean Individual Chess  Championships in Greece

Interview: GM Bassem Amin, Egypt and Africa’s Top Chess Player

GM Bassem Amin is Egypt’s highest-rated (2634) and Africa’s top chess player. His most recent success came at the 2014 Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships held in Cairo last month where I was attending the FIDE trainers’ seminar. Pinning him down … Continue reading →


Sanjana Deshpande receiving her trophy from Chess Kenya Chairman Githinji Hinga

Interview: Sanjana Deshpande on Her Maiden National Champion Title

Sanjana Deshpande became Kenya’s newest women’s national champion on Sunday, 14th December 2014 with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 8 rounds. I caught up with her briefly on Facebook to find out what’s next for the talented youngster. 1. … Continue reading →


Burundian chess player Wilfried Ntamatungiro at the Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships in Cairo

Interview: Wilfried Ntamatungiro on Burundi’s Chess Scene

Wilfried Ntamatungiro is a young chess player from Bujumbura, Burundi who had the misfortune of losing 8 out of 9 games and finishing in last place at the Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships in Cairo last month. Barely out … Continue reading →


Sanjana Deshpande (left) and Mehul Gohil (right) pose with their trophies at the closing ceremony

Mehul Gohil, Sanjana Deshpande Win Kenya National Chess Championships

This year’s edition of the Kenya National Chess Championships came to an end on Sunday, 14th December when Mehul ‘Gorilla’ Gohil made a clean sweep of the Open section to win the championship with 24 points out of a possible … Continue reading →


Tanzanian chess player Hemed Mlawa at the Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships in Cairo

Interview: Hemed Mlawa, Tanzanian Chess Player

Hemed Mlawa is Tanzania’s fourth-highest rated (1709) player and was his federation’s sole representative at the Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships in Cairo. I caught up with him before Round 8 of the championship to discuss the current chess environment … Continue reading →


Me, giving away a prize at the closing ceremony of the NIS-WeCC U-20 Teams Challenge

I’m Moving Back to Nairobi

Yes, it’s official. I’m moving back to Nairobi in February 2015. :D Read further to know how the decision came about. On 31st August 2014, I landed at Jomo Kenyata International Airport after 9 months of living in India thinking … Continue reading →