AUDIO ASSISTED READING
Kenyan chess queen Sasha Mwongeli is plotting an explosive post-COVID-19 comeback to claim the Kenyan top spot after stagnating at fourth for a year now.
The woman Fide Master has her eyes on the woman international master and consequently Kenya’s top slot, ruing missed opportunities to bag the country’s chess crown.
“I did well but according to me I did not give my best. I was position three but I had a chance to fight for position one,” the 24-year-old offered to yours truly.
“Most of the time, Kenyan tournaments especially for the ladies, their ratings are low. You find yourself in a situation where you have more ratings than them and when you play with them you have more pressure because the moment you lose, your ratings reduce. So it’s hard to add more ratings.”
Mwongeli is the first ever Chess player to win the coveted Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) award, now nostalgic about a fete she achieved in October 2018 aged just 22.
“I was so happy. I never imagined I could win such an award. It came as a surprise to me,” she says.
The Technical University of Kenya graduate remains jobless a year after she was conferred with a Mathematics Degree, as she feels the COVID-19 beating.
“Currently I’m looking for a job, and also am working to improve on my skills, teaching myself programming so that it can add as a plus to my mathematics degree,” she offered.