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Thursday, July 12, 2007


After going out so long from Eldoret iam curently on leave and the chess scene in this town is vibrant

Edwin korir on chess duty

For the last few months, my military duties have taken me as far as moyale,lamu,larisoro,somalia upto lokichogio. With security at high alert on the kenya somalia border, a constant military presence has been kept on this border forcing us to spend most of our time on this harsh terrain. With this call for duty, chess sometimes takes a back seat but i have been able to post quite a number of articles in this blog. After such a tiring 6 months i was looking foward to relax during my leave. So i came home to eldoret and as i was relaxing one afternoon at the klique hotel the ugly head of chess reared its head back.

Klique hotel in the centre of Eldoret is a famous meeting ground for chess players in this town. With dedicated and passionate chess players games can go on till early in the morning. Recently an American on holiday in kenya called Mark just passed by the hotel for a drink. On seeing us play he immediately raced to our table and played on the next turn. His wife who was sitting next to him looked sad and when he finally introduced us to her he said"meet my chess widow".

So iam hearing rumours of a chess tournament this sartuday. It seems some Moi university medical student recently demolished a Klique veteran and went on to give him a lesson on why he was a chess professional. So with no loove lost am waiting for this touna with bathed breath.

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