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 →


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Interview: WGM Shrook Wafa, Winner of Africa Zone 4.2 Championships

WGM Shrook Wafa is Egypt’s second-highest rated (2061) female player and winner of the 2014 Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships (women’s section) held in Cairo. During a break between rounds, I caught up with her to discuss her many achievements in just … Continue reading →


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Week 5 [Final] of 31 Days of Instagram

I thought Week 4 of my 31 Days of Instagram project had been inspiring—till I landed in Cairo. From the airport to my hotel in Dokki, I found it to be the kind of city that photographers dream of visiting. Every … Continue reading →


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Week 4 of 31 Days of Instagram

Greetings from Cairo where Instagram makes travel photography even more meaningful. (I’m here for a FIDE trainers’ seminar being organised on the sidelines of the Africa Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships.) It’s hard to believe that the ’31 Days of … Continue reading →


Nairobi and beyond as seen from the rooftop of a Parklands highrise building

Week 3 of 31 Days of Instagram

This week has been better than the last. My plunging spirits were revived by good friend Amit after a series of nights out in the company of some beautiful women. Day 15 A photo posted by Paras Gudka (@theparasg) on … Continue reading →