The 2017 Kenya National Chess League (KNCL) took off last weekend with 17 teams out of the registered 20 teams playing in the very first round of the league games. The first round match was held at KCB Club, Ruaraka, Nairobi.
The format of the Kenya National Chess League is a single round robin event of 19 rounds in total which will be played over the next seven months in different venues within the country.
Defending champions KCB Team got of to their usual flying start by demolishing debutants Black Knights Chess Club who are based on Thika Road 5-0.
Eastlands Chess Club put up a tough fight against Equity Bank but lost 4-1 in the end.
Nairobi Gymkhana defeated NACHA Youth team 5-0; Deadly Bishops won 4-1 against the Tritonite Stars, UoN succumbed to Checkmates 1-4 while Kenyatta University versus Anchor Chess Club settled for a barren draw 2.5-2.5. JKUAT went on to beat NACHA 4-1 in a thrilling encounter.
Other results are shown below;
Mombasa Chess Club 3-0 Strathmore University.
Technical University of Kenya 5-0 Daystar University.
Nairobi Chess Club 5-0 Kisumu Chess Club.
Big names in this year’s edition include IM Arthur Ssegwanyi 2370 and IM Elijah Emojong 2351 both from Uganda who will play for Equity Bank on board 1 and 2 respectively. Other big names include Peter Gilruth 2186 who will play for Nairobi Chess Club and CM Ben Magana 2135 who will play for KCB.
Interim Chess Kenya Chairman Benard Wanjala has confirmed that Equity Bank have sponsored the 2017 Kenya National Chess League to the tune of KES 165,000. This is a welcome development for Kenyan Chess and represents the second time that Equity Bank have sponsored the Kenya National Chess League.
The prizes for this year’s edition are shown below.
Winner KES 100,000 + Trophy + Medals
Runners up KES 50,000 + Trophy + Medals
2nd Runners up KES 30,000 + Trophy + Medals
Board 1 KES 5,000
Board 2 KES 5,000
Board 3 KES 5,000
Board 4 KES 5,000
Board 5 KES 5,000
Board 1 1st Runners Up KES 3,000
Board 2 1st Runners Up KES 3,000
Board 3 1st Runners Up KES 3,000
Board 4 1st Runners Up KES 3,000
Board 5 1st Runners Up KES 3,000
Board 1 2nd Runners Up KES 2,000
Board 2 2nd Runners Up KES 2,000
Board 3 2nd Runners Up KES 2,000
Board 4 2nd Runners Up KES 2,000
Board 5 2nd Runners Up KES 2,000
BEST UNIVERSITY – Trophy
BEST JUNIOR U16 – Shopping voucher worth KES 3,000