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KCB Bank Chess Club win 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League

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KCB Bank Chess Club crowned 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League winners

KCB Bank Chess Club are the winners of 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League. They won all their matches to score a maximum of 78 points.

Victorious KCB Bank Chess Club receive their trophy. Captain Ben Magana (in blue shirt) holds the trophy.
Victorious KCB Bank Chess Club receive their trophy. Captain Ben Magana (in blue shirt) holds the trophy.

Anchor Chess Club ended up in 2nd place with 69 points.

Equity Bank Chess Club, the winners of the 2017 and 2018 edition, managed to grab the third spot with 63 points.

Nairobi Chess Academy & Club also obtained 63 points but had a lower tie-break and hence ended up in 4th position.

On the other hand Nairobi Chess Club finished 5th with 59 points.

Nairobi Chess Club. From left Vasanth Ramesh, Juma Maxwell, Mushfig Habilov, Peter Gilruth, Kim Bhari & Meerabbas Afzali.
Nairobi Chess Club. From left Vasanth Ramesh, Juma Maxwell, Mushfig Habilov, Peter Gilruth, Kim Bhari & Meerabbas Afzali.

The 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League had a total of 27 teams from all over the country.

It is interesting to note that NACHA Kings ended up in 9th spot with 49 points despite fielding a full junior squad.

Another interesting point to note is the fact that most of Uganda’s top players also take part.  IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and FM  Patrick Kawuma play for Equity Bank Chess ClubFM Harold Wanyama and FM Haruna Nsubuga play for KCB Bank Chess ClubMike Akabo turns out for Anchor Chess Club.

Photo of the playing hall at KCB Club, Ruaraka, Nairobi.
Photo of the playing hall at KCB Club, Ruaraka, Nairobi.

The Prize Giving ceremony was held at the end of the 2019 Kenya National Chess Championship at Riara Springs School.

Peter Gilruth (Nairobi Chess Club) v CM Ben Magana (KCB Chess Club)

Peter Gilruth of Nairobi Chess Club receives his prize from Fred Sagwe for being the top player on board 1 with a 97.5% rate!
Peter Gilruth of Nairobi Chess Club receives his prize from Fred Sagwe for being the top player on board 1 with a 97.5% rate!

KENYA PREMIER CHESS LEAGUE 2019 WINNERS

Overall Winners

1. KCB Chess Club – 78 points
2. Anchor Chess Club – 69 points
3. Equity Chess Club – 63 points

Best Private Club

1. Nairobi Chess Academy & Club – 63 points
2. Nairobi Chess Club – 59 points

Best University

1. Technical University of Kenya – 55 points
2. Jomo Kenyatta University – 46 points

Best Corporate

1. Bank of Africa – 44 points

BOARD WINNERS

Board 1
1. Peter Gilruth – 95% (Nairobi Chess Club)
2. Matthew Kanegeni – 94% (Equity Chess Club)
3. Geoffery Mulaga – 76% (Eastlands Chess Club)

Board 2
1. Joseph Methu – 92% (KCB Chess Club)
2. James Panchol – 91% (Equity Chess Club)
3. Nephat Thuku – 74% (Technical University of Kenya)

Board 3
1. Glen Oruke – 96% (Anchor Chess Club)
2. FM Stephen Ouma – 95% (Equity Chess Club)
3. Felix Boera – 73% (University of Nairobi)

Board 4
1. Martin Njoroge – 96% (KCB Chess Club)
2. Brian Adorwa – 77% (Equity Chess Club)
3. Martin Oyamo – 75% (Deadly Bishops)

Board 5
1. Triza Mwendwa – 88% (Jomo Kenyatta University)
2. WCM Lucy Wanjiru – 86% (Deadly Bishops)
3. Julie Mutisya – 81% (Nakuru Chess Club)

Best Junior Boy
1. Sunil Subramaniam – 63% (Nairobi Gymkhana)

Best Junior Girl
1. WFM Mohideen Fathima Mohamed – 82% (NACHA Kings)

Past winners

2018 – Equity Bank Chess Club
2017 – Equity Bank Chess Club
2016 – no event held
2014/15 – KCB Chess Club.
2013 – Equity Bank Chess Club
2011 & 2012 – no events held.
2010/11 – KCB Chess Club.
2009/10 – National Bank of Kenya Chess Club.
2008/9 – KCB Chess Club.
2005, 2006, 2007 – no events held.
2003 & 2004 – KCB Chess Club.
1992 to 2002 – no details.
1991/1992 – Standard Chartered Bank Chess Club.
1990/1991 – Standard Chartered Bank Chess Club.
1989/1990 – Kenya Polytechnic
1986, 1987, 1988 – Aluta Chess Club.

Links

Standings & Results of the 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League.

PGNs from the 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League.

Day 1 of the 2019 Kenya Premier Chess League.

Equity Bank Chess Club win 2018 Kenya Premier Chess League.