2016 is already setting up to be a big year for the  Sports Outreach Chess Program!

Disney released the first official photo for Queen of Katwe, follow the link to read the post on Entertainment Weekly.



The Queen of Katwe is being said by Vanity Fair to be one of the top 30 movies of 2016 and surely to be nominated for the 2017 Oscars! Check it out at the below link and scroll to #8!


Olympiad Qualifiers Update from Robert Katende:

This weekend marked the start of the third and last phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers.  The tournament was held at the Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, which if you have ever been to Kampala with Sports Outreach, you probably stayed there!  The qualifier featured the top 12 competitors and then the top five men and women will be chosen to represent Uganda in the Olympiad.  From the SOM Chess Academy, Kato Richard is the only male representing the Super Twelve while five girls represented for SOM Chess; Mutesi Phiona, Babirye Stellah, Nansubuga Gloria, Nakimuli Joan and Nakayima Vanessa.

After the first half of the tournament, they walked away with Phiona in the lead for the women and Richard is still in the game as of now.

Phiona, Goria and Richard playing this past weekend.



Nairobi SOM Chess Academy Update from Githinji Hinga,  Regional Coordinator – East Africa for Gary Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa.

This past month, a group of Chess Kenya officials and friends made a second visit to Redroof Academy Chess Club on Saturday 30th January located at the heart of the Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums.
Redroof Academy was established mainly by a sponsor from the UK, and the children in the school attend free of charge. Teachers are paid by the sponsor and charitable associations. It has a population of 300 plus students. Redroof had a great performance in KCPE 2015 with 100% pass rate, unlike most schools in Mukuru Slums. It goes to show that indeed these children are capable of greatness and require access to attain their potential.

RedRoof Chess Club
Redroof Academy,one of the schools included in the SOM Chess programme, played host for the Saturday Chess club. The students and teachers in the program would assemble every Saturday and have a joint session. Chess has many benefits and the feedback from teachers has been encouraging.

The kids face a very imminent threat of being lured to gangs and vice and chess opens their minds. Another reason for the success is the lack of space for the children to play, fortunately chess has little demands to deploy.  Currently we have over 70 regular attendees. The capacity is much more but is limited by resources. Chess Kenya is happy to support this noble programme and will be back again. We call upon well wishers to support the programme directly through the Sports Outreach Ministries. Chess players can also volunteer to give lessons on Saturday.

Special Thanks
Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa for the time spent with us and for the donation of ten new chess sets!