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Kenya Premier Chess League

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.

Photo of the playing hall of the Kenya Chess Premier League.
Photo of the playing hall of the Kenya Chess Premier League.

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.

Nairobi Chess Club in their traditional blue uniforms against NACHA Kings. From left Pranjah Parikh, Mushfig Habilov, Maxwell Juma, Vasanth Ramesh & Peter Gilruth.
Nairobi Chess Club in their traditional blue uniforms against NACHA Kings. From left Pranjah Parikh, Mushfig Habilov, Maxwell Juma, Vasanth Ramesh & Peter Gilruth.

This year it is no exception.  Equity Bank have IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and FM Patrick KawumaFM 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.

Action photos from the Kenya Chess Premier League. Left Victor Hongo and Trevor Mulindi in action.
Action photos from the Kenya Chess Premier League. Left Victor Hongo and Trevor Mulindi in action.

Hugh Misiko Okonga of Knight Riders caused the biggest upset of the day when he defeated CM Ben Magana of KCB Chess Club.

Hugh Misiko Okonga of Knght Riders stands while CM Ben Magana tries to salvage his game.
Hugh Misiko Okonga of Knight Riders stands while CM Ben Magana tries to salvage his game.

Martin Njoroge v Christian Nderi

Nairobi Chess Club back in the league after boycotting the 2018 edition. Standing from left Vasanth Ramesh, Maxwell Juma, Mushfig Habilov, Peter Gilruth, Kim Bhari & Meer Abbass pose for a photo!
Nairobi Chess Club back in the league after boycotting the 2018 edition. Standing from left Vasanth Ramesh, Maxwell Juma, Mushfig Habilov, Peter Gilruth, Kim Bhari & Meer Abbass pose for a photo!

Terence Chazima va Joseph Kyalo

A game reminiscent of the Romantic era of chess with a massive King hunt!

John Mukabi v Trevor Mulindi

Links

NTV report on the league

Standings & Results.

Equity Bank win 2018 Kenya League title.

Equity Bank win 2017 Kenya League title.