The highly anticipated 2015-16 Kenya National Chess League got off to a thunderous start last week where a total of 18 teams confirmed participation.
2014-15 Kenya National League Winners KCB Lions were one of the first teams to register, together with Equity Bank, Eastlands Chess Club, Deadly Bishops, University of Nairobi, Tritonite Stars, Kenyatta University, Checkmates Chess Club
Making their debut will be Kenya Alliance Insurance Company, Thika University and Kisii County Chess Club. Nairobi Chess Club return to the event after sitting out last year’s edition due to the very poorly run 2013-14 edition where delays, postponements were the order of the day. To add insult to injury Nairobi Chess Club who came out 3rd in a bitterly fought contest were awarded a trophy that was clearly used, broken and without any plaque.
IM Elijah Emojong
FM Patrick Kawuma
CM Kenneth Omolo
CM John Mukabi( Team Coach )
|John Mukabi – Coach Equity Bank|
|Victor Hongo (left) v John Hadley|
Reaction was swift on Social Media with a small minority rearing their xenophobic feelings in public. However many players loved this glamour and glitz that these hugely successful chess players bring to the National League.
|IM Arthur Ssegwanyi|
|FM Patrick Kawuma|
|IM Elijah Emojong|