19:31, Wednesday, 8th March, 2017

GM Kenny Solomon completed the 3rd and final leg of his African Tour in Dar es Salaam where he was hosted by CM Nurdin Hassuji and the Tanzanian Chess Foundation. We wish to thank Nurdin for the below report from Tanzania which served as a fitting finale to a highly successful East African tour.

GM Kenny Solomon arrived on 23rd February 2017 from Kigali in Rwanda for the 3rd and final leg of his Chess Masters for Africa Tour. The Tanzania Chess Foundation was proud to host him as the official program partner in Tanzania.

On Friday 24th February 2017 at 15:30 hrs the program was declared open by the Chairman of the Tanzania Chess Association Eng. Geoffrey Mwanyika. He then made the ceremonial first move as GM Solomon conducted a simultaneous exhibition match with 23 players - most of them under 16 youth from different schools at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Upanga. The event took around 2 hours with Kenny recording a perfect score! He then also provided a short lecture to the participants on how to improve their game.

On Saturday 25th February, the 12 registered trainees started their first session of the Chess Master for Africa tour. On the first day GM Solomon covered Rook Endgames, How to play with 2 Bishops, Energetic play (Play with initiative) and emphasized the importance of studying the Classic games of the great's like Steinitz, Capablanca, Lasker, and Tal.

On Sunday 26th February 2017, 30 youth from different school attended Kenny's lecture which was based around Pawn end-games. He again emphasized to them how important it was to read books and study chess on a regular basis as this is the only way to improve a play. “Chess is a subject ….you have to study “ was a memorable quote by GM Solomon.

On the morning of Monday 27th February 2017 GM Solomon continued the trainee training with focusing on Combinations, Tactical Play, and positional understanding (How to access the position). In the afternoon we visited Zanaki Primary School along with the trainees. Sets, clocks and a demonstration board were donated to the Head Master and the trainees delivered lessons to 30 students in small group sessions.

On Tuesday 28th February 2017, the training focused on how to use the Chessbase software correctly, how to prepare against opponents, and how to generate opening ideas and build a repertoire. In the afternoon we distributed the allocated chess sets, clocks and demonstration boards to the various trainers who are currently running local academies in Mbeya, Morogoro, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

Wednesday was the final day of the tour and was used to conduct one on one sessions (40 minutes) with each trainee. During these sessions, each trainee received recommendations for further study including books and video allocations.

We wish to thank Kenny for the incredible contribution he has made to the development of chess in Tanzania and we hope to see him back in the country in the near future!