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Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Paras Gudka: a 31 year-old Kenyan branding & communications strategist; graphic & web designer; chess & cricket player; photographer; blogger and explorer from and based in Nairobi. I have been writing about chess … Continue reading →

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Paras Gudka on Chess and on Cricket

  • By Paras
  • Wednesday / 25-Mar-2015
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Yesterday, I took the decision to stop posting cricket-related content on my Facebook page so as not to annoy the followers who originally came for chess updates. I also decided not to be a generalist on that page any more. … Continue reading →

At the FIDE Trainers' Seminar in Cairo

DI Title Approved

  • By Paras
  • Thursday / 19-Mar-2015
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At FIDE, things take so long that I had almost forgotten about the Developmental Instructor (DI) title I qualified for in Cairo last November at the Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championships. Well, a random vanity search on Google to see … Continue reading →

Practising batting strokes in front of the mirror in my room

Cricket Comes Before Chess

  • By Paras
  • Wednesday / 25-Feb-2015
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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 →