On this page, you will find more information about my work experience as a chess player, chess trainer, chess arbiter, chess organiser, chess writer and chess photographer. To hire/recruit me in any capacity, please use the form on the Contact page. NB: I am on a break from chess till 31st March 2018 to take care of several health issues.
COMPETITIVE CHESS PLAY
I began playing chess competitively while in primary school in the mid-90s and after a decade-long break in the 2000s, resumed in 2010. I am currently a titled player on the FIDE Online Arena platform as an ACM (Arena Candidate Master) and my ultimate goal is to become an IM (International Master) by December 2027 (view my FIDE profile).
FIDE rated standard tournament performances (in reverse chronological order):
n – number of rounds; c – games completed (inclusive of walkovers received); p – games played; W – wins; D – draws; L – losses; wr – walkovers received; wg – walkovers given; Pts – total points scored; % – winning percentage of completed games; Ro – rating at the start of the tournament; Rc – average rating of rated opponents; Rp – rating performance; R+/- – rating change after the tournament; Plrs – total registered players; sRk – starting rank; fRk – final rank; cRk – change in ranking; NRk – national rank (active players) at the start of the tournament
CHESS TRAINING/CHESS COACHING/CHESS INSTRUCTION
I have been teaching beginners the basics of how to play chess since 2010 and am a qualified trainer with the DI (Developmental Instructor) title from FIDE since 2015.
Chess training seminars attended (in reverse chronological order):
FIDE Trainers’ Seminar – Cairo
26-27 November 2014 | Cairo, Egypt
Lecturers: FST, IA, IO Efstratios Grivas (GRE) and IA, FT, IO Omar Salama (ISL)
Title achieved: DI (Developmental Instructor)
I have been arbitrating in FIDE rated and unrated chess tournaments since January 2012 and am a qualified arbiter with the IA (International Arbiter) title and before that the FA (FIDE Arbiter) title from FIDE since September 2014.
Chess arbitration seminars attended (in reverse chronological order):
FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar – Kampala
16 – 23 July 2016 | Kampala, Uganda
Lecturers: IA, FT, IO Omar Salama (ISL) | IA Stephen Kisuze (UGA)
Title achieved: N/A
FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar – New Delhi
30 June – 2 July 2014 | New Delhi, India
Lecturers: IA Prof. Anantharam Rathinam (IND) | IA, IO Casto Abundo (PHI)
Title achieved: FA (FIDE Arbiter)
Chess tournaments arbitrated in:
CHESS EVENT ORGANISATION
I have been organising chess events since 2010 initially as a part of committees of 3-4 members and then on my own since January 2012 for various organisations (Nairobi Chess Club, Chess Players Association of Kenya, Westlands Chess Club, Motochess Ventures and Anchor Chess Club).
Chess events organised (in reverse chronological order):
Apart from writing for several personal blogs in the past, I have been a chess columnist for Kenya’s third largest English daily—The Star—and have even contributed to ChessBase India and Firstpost, two of India’s more popular news websites.
Some of my published writing (in reverse chronological order):
- Dec 2017: Work of art or outrageous design? Controversial World Championships logo leaves chess fraternity divided (Firstpost / India)
- Aug 2017: Where there is a will, there’s a way! – Namaganda on her visit to India (ChessBase India / India)
- December 2016: 2016 African Junior Chess Championship (African Chess Confederation / Tunisia)
- August 2016: 2016 African Individual Chess Championships (African Chess Confederation / Uganda)
- May 2016: 2016 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships (African Chess Confederation / Mauritius)
- Mar 2016: Chaos in Kenyan Chess as Old Office Booted Out (The Star / Kenya)
- Mar 2016: Annual Capablanca Cup sparks excitement as season gets underway (The Star / Kenya)
- Jan 2015: Six lead Tata Steel chess tournament in the Netherlands (The Star / Kenya)
- Dec 2014: Controversy over 2014 national chess championship entry fee (The Star / Kenya)
I have been taking photos of chess players since 2010 and have studied photography as a subject during my Advanced Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design course from 2003 and 2006 and then separately as a part-time course in 2004 in Bangalore, India. Most of the photos in the albums below were shot on a Canon/Nikon DSLR camera whereas some where shot on an iPhone 4s.
Albums of photos taken during chess events (in reverse chronological order):
- Dec 2016: IIFL Wealth 2nd Mumbai International Chess Tournament – Mumbai, India
- Nov 2016: 2016 African Junior Chess Championships – Hammamet, Tunisia
- Jul 2016: 2016 African Individual Chess Championships – Kampala, Uganda
- May 2016: 2016 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championship – Le Morne, Mauritius
- Apr 2016: KAM Pharmacy Senior (40+) Rapid Chess Championship – Nairobi, Kenya
- Apr 2016: Chess at Official Opening of Giraffe Ark Game Lodge – Nyeri, Kenya
- Mar 2016: OYL Chess Tournament – Nairobi, Kenya
- Feb 2016: 6th Capablanca Cup – Nairobi, Kenya
- Dec 2015: IGK 2015 Chess Tournament – Nairobi, Kenya
- May 2012: 2012 Olympiad Qualifiers – Nairobi, Kenya