Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study, Solomon was soon taken under his brother’s wing to study and within two years, he was the South African Under-16 champion. Currently the second highest-ranked active player in the country, he has won the South African Closed once, in 2003 and the South African Opens three times, in 1999, 2005 and 2007, and was also the top ranked South African in 2003. He became an International Master in 2004. During the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul Solomon earned his final GM norm and if he goes on to reach the required rating of 2500, he would become South Africa’s first ever chess Grandmaster. His peak rating was 2461 in January 2012.