The Kenya Premier Chess League 2019 edition got off to a fine start at the KCB Sports Club, Nairobi last weekend.
Last year’s edition had 21 teams but this year’s edition has attracted a record 27 teams. The teams are diverse and come from a wide section of corporates, universities and ordinary clubs.
Nairobi Chess Club got off to a fine start with a 5 nil victory over NACHA Kings in round 1. Nairobi Chess Club won by the same margin against Black Knights Chess Club in round 2.
Nairobi Chess Club then defeated Mombasa Chess Academy 4-1 in their round 3 encounter.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Kenya Chess Premier League is the use of Ugandan players. Equity Bank and KCB Bank have in the past recruited some of Ugandan’s finest players into their squad.
This year it is no exception. Equity Bank have IM ArthurSsegwanyi and FM Patrick Kawuma. FM Harold Wanyama and FM Haruna Nsubuga will turn out for KCB.
Other clubs have taken notice and have followed suit. IM Elijah Emojong will play for Mombasa Chess Club and Mike Akabo will play for Anchor Chess Club.
Hugh Misiko Okonga of Knight Riders caused the biggest upset of the day when he defeated CM Ben Magana of KCB Chess Club.
Terence Chazima va Joseph Kyalo
A game reminiscent of the Romantic era of chess with a massive King hunt!