Kang’aru, 27, is the youngest national coach to have been appointed to lead any Kenyan team having been selected to head the Kenyan junior chess team at the age of 24 back in 2017.
Skilled in his craft, the Economics graduate has bagged the title of the best coach of the year in chess for a record four times over the past five years – that is 2014 to 2019.
“I am honoured and humbled to have won youth of year in sports considering I was against other personalities in contact sports which goes to show that board games should be held to a level as other games,” he told kenyagist.com.
Kangâ€™aru has been accredited by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) as a FIDE instructor, making him an international coach.
The young coach has also been accredited and licensed as International Arbiter becoming the first Kenyan youth to ever get such a title. He has worked with Africa Chess Confederation, again becoming the first Kenyan to be Chief Arbiter in continental events in 2019.
In 2018, he was appointed Deputy Chief Arbiter in the Africa Youth Chess Championships and become the first Kenyan to be selected for such an African appointment.
Kang’aru is Africaâ€™s youngest FIDE Instructor and International Arbiter.
“Chess is a great sport as it can be played by anyone. For children, it helps them to think broadly and increases focus and concentration. It also helps them make friends through tournaments,” he says.
In addition to being a coach, Kang’aru runs the Epitome School of Chess where he aims to empower the young people through sports.
The academy trains over 5,000 pupils in Nairobi and Thika regions with the programme involving 10 schools so far.
He has worked with various sports affiliated bodies including Sports Outreach Program in Kenya, Chess Kenya, Minichess Kenya and the Lighthouse Chess Club, Mombasa.