Like majority of the chess fraternity anticipated, Fide Master Harold Wanyama has come out of his brief retirement thanks to the organizers of Mombasa International Open Chess Championship.
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Wanyama announced his shocking decision to retire from competitive chess in December last year citing family and work issues as major reasons, and has since been out of the game.
But with barely five months into his retirement, the four-time Olympian has made decision to re-grace the board thanks to the organizers of the Mombosa Open who put KShs100,000 as the top prize in the Prestige section.
“With first prize of 3 million, why not? One of the major reasons I retired was financial, basically no cash in chess,” Wanyama said when asked to confirm the rumors.
On top of the handsome prize money, the Mombasa Open will witness Indian Grandmaster GM Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand grace the event.
The opportunity to interact and play against the 2007 undisputed world champion is one Wanyama is not willing to pass up since select winners will get a chance to play against the GM.
“One of the organizers had been coercing me about two months back, but I was hesitant, and the fact that the former world champion will grace the event, it’s a lot to miss,” Wanyama further said.
The Mombasa Open is scheduled to take place at Wild Waters, Nyali, Mombasa from 19th to 22nd April, 2017.