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Equity Bank Chess Club wins National League

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Equity Bank Chess Club wins 2018 League title

Equity Bank Chess Club have been crowned the winners of the 2018 Kenya Premier Chess League.

They clinched the title when they defeated KCB Bank Chess Club in the last round.  They won the encounter 3-2 to top the event that attracted a total of 21 teams.

Team Equity Bank Chess Club - Proud and happy winners of the 2018 Kenya Premier Chess League.
Team Equity Bank Chess Club – Proud and happy winners of the 2018 Kenya Premier Chess League.

The winning team clinched a cash prize of KES 100,000 (USD 1,000) for their efforts.  The total prize fund of this event is KES 280,000 (USD 2,800) making it one of the biggest in East & Central Africa.

Some of the top players from Uganda take part in this event to add an international dimension to this  prestigious event.

The last round had live transmission of the games thanks to the equipment provided for by Terrian Chess Academy.

Deadly Bishops Chess Team put up a spectacular performance to end up in 2nd place ahead of KCB Chess Team.

Poster for the Kenya Premier Chess League.
Poster for the Kenya Premier Chess League.

We have included an interesting game from this classic Equity Bank – KCB Bank encounter.  Mehul Gohil plays for KCB Bank while Moses Andiwoh plays for Equity Bank.

Prize Winners

BEST OVERALL

1. Equity Chess Club – 56 points

2. Deadly Bishops – 55 points

3. KCB Chess Club – 54 points

BEST CORPORATE TEAM

1. Bank of Africa – 18 points

2. Stima Chess Club – 15 points

3. Central Bank of Kenya – 6 points

BEST UNIVERSITY TEAM

1. Technical University of Kenya – 41 points

2. Jomo Kenyatta University of Science & Technology – 35 points

3. Kenyatta University – 30 points

4. University of Nairobi – 23 points

5. Strathmore University – 19 points

BEST PRIVATE CLUB

1. Nairobi Chess Academy & Club – 38 points

2. Trojan Warriors – 34 points

3. Anchor Chess Club – 33 points

4. Black Knights Chess Club – 30 points

5. Kisumu Chess Club – 28 points

6. Mombasa Chess Club – 26 points

7. Eastlands Chess Club – 22 points

8. NACHA Kings – 16 points

9. Lighthouse Chess Club – 16 points

10. Kings Club – 8 points

BEST BOARD ONE

1. Peter Gilruth (10/10) – 100% Equity Chess Club

2. CM Ben Magana (8/9) – 89% KCB Chess Club

3. James Kabui (11/13) – 85% Anchor Chess Club

BEST BOARD TWO

1. Martin Oyamo (10.5/12) – 88% Deadly Bishops

2. Jackson Kamau (4.5/6) – 75% KCB Chess Club

3. Bryan Toboso (6/9) – 67% Nairobi Chess Academy & Club

James Panchol (6/9) – 67% Equity Chess Club

BEST BOARD THREE

1. Joseph Methu (6.5/7) – 93% KCB Chess Club

2. Moses Andiwoh (7.5/10) – 75% Equity Chess Club

3. Charles Karoli (6/9) – 67% Nairobi Chess Academy & Club

BEST BOARD FOUR

1. Ian King (8.5/12) – 71% Deadly Bishops

2. Edwin Odhiambo (8/12) – 67% Eastlands Chess Club

Gabriel Njuki (6/9) – 67% University of Nairobi

Stephen Kariuki (6/9) – 67% Trojan Warriors

BEST BOARD FIVE

1. Daphne Mwikali (16/18) – 89% Equity Chess Club

2. WFM Sasha Mongeli (14/16) – 88% Technical University of Kenya

3. WCM Lucy Wanjiru (14/17) – 82% Deadly Bishops

BEST JUNIOR BOY

1. Timothy Mwabu (7/9) – 77% NACHA Kings

2. Dev Shah (6/11) – 55% Anchor Chess Club

3. Robert Mcligeyo (8/15) – 53% NACHA Kings

BEST JUNIOR GIRL

1. WFM Krishi Shah (6.5/7) – 93% KCB Chess Club

2. Sarah Momanyi (4/14) – 29% NACHA Kings

3. Gilliane Titi (2/7) – 29% Nairobi Chess Academy & Club

The prize giving for the above event will be done during the closing ceremony of the Kenya National Chess Championship on 16th December 2018.