Ladies Knight with guests Judith Kiragu and Dr. Philip Mwashe


In a special double heading, Jennifer interviews entrepreneur and organizer Judith Kiragu and chess patron Dr. Philip Mwashe on the genesis of the Lighthouse Chess Club in Mombasa, Kenya. Kiragu and Mwashe talk about the change in the chess landscape in Kenya with the founding of the club in May 2017. During its four-year history they have promoted education through chess, offer girls and juniors more opportunities and even bring in luminaries like world champion Vishy. with Anand to Kenya.

They are also the parents of a talented young girl, Yvonne, who is a member of the cross-cultural program that Jennifer and Judy started with Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson of Business Meets Kids Meets Chess. They talk about the controversy that broke out when Yvonne wanted to play in a mixed (open to all genders) tournament.

The innovative intercultural program began with Kenyan girls and US girls meeting to learn and practice chess while sharing their cultures. In an early grade the “> Kenyan girls taught Swahili to American girls. The program has now been expanded to other countries, including Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Botswana and Nigeria. You can find some highlights of the session in our YouTube playlist.

Jennifer, Judith and Phillip also talk about the triumphs and struggles of reigning Kenyan women champion Lucy Wanjiru, who is also a talented musician. She even performed at a session at our club. You can check out the clip on Twitter and find m “>Ore of Lucy’s music YouTube @LoneWolfKE.

Stay up to date with the lighthouse chess club and follow @judithkiragu and Dr. Mwashe.

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