Kenya’s Forgotten Genius KK Karanja

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KK SHOWING HIS PROWESS AT A CHESS COMPETITION IN NAIROBI DURING HIS HEY DAYS

A Kenyan simply going by the name KK and born to Kenyan Parents in New York, was a chess sensational player in the 80’s when his incredible chess talents were discovered when he was only 8 years.

His rare intellectual talents made him to rise to fame and to win many chess challenges that left many to believe that he will one day be a world grand master but did it really happen?

KK attended Hunter College in New York where he excelled in academics (math and physics) and was a genius and a fast learning all American envy kid.

His chess talents were noticed when his rating began to go up the scale making him to earn a 2100 USCF rating at an early age of 10, and was looked upon to one day become a chess prodigy.

 KK won the esteemed Apis prize and went further to compete in the 1987 Cadet Championship which ranks the country’s best players under 16.

At the age of 15, he had earned National Master title making him the youngest in that category to achieve the prestigious title and the second youngest Black.

He later went to Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, for 11th and 12th grade which was still another school for the gifted. It is documented that many of his classmates at Saint Ann’s, fondly remembers him from Hunter.

Today going by his date of birth which is given as 1973, he is now at 46 and we are wondering what became of this Kenyan as our efforts to trace him using internet were unsuccessful.

It is important to know the outcome of such talented kids that are discovered at a young age and after they grow up their might is not felt anymore as their fame fades away and forgotten forever.

If you have further details, please email us at liams2314@yahoo.com or call 4049668550 so that we can continue with the story of that rare forgotten Kenyan genius.

D.K. GITAU

PRESIDENT

KENYAN PARENTS IN USA

BOARD AND FOUNDER MEMBER C.O.D.U.

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