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Equity Bank Kenya Ltd win Corporate Online Chess Championship

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Equity Bank Kenya Ltd win Corporate Online Chess Championship

Equity Bank Kenya Ltd emerged as the clear winner in the inaugural Corporate Chess Championship  which took place on 13th February 2021.  The event attracted four teams from across the country.

Poster for the Corporate Online Chess Tournament.
Poster for the Corporate Online Chess Tournament.

The tournament took place online Tornelo Chess Platform with six rounds. 

Final Standings

1. Equity Bank Kenya Ltd – 15.5 points.

2. ABC Bank – 10 points.

3. British American Tobacco – 8.5 points.

4. Dubai Investment Bank – 6 points.

The event organisers were Chess Kenya.

Players from Dubai Investment Bank taking part in the event.  Photo credit Benard Wanjala.

Players from Dubai Investment Bank taking part in the event. Photo credit Benard Wanjala.

FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship

While the Kenyan edition had only four teams, the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship, on the other hand, has a staggering 284 teams taking part!

The event will run from 19th to 21st February 2021 with 1,467 players from 78 countries taking part.

The participating teams include giants like Amazon,  MicrosoftGazpromFacebook, amongst many others from the Fortune Global list. 

Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, will defend the first board for Kindred Group (which encompasses Unibet, the company that sponsors him).  Anish Giri will play for Optiver, a Dutch trading firm that has supported him during the past five years of his career. 

Companies are allowed to have just one invited player for the event. 

Ian Nepomniachtchi will play for SberbankVladislav Artemiev will play for Aeroflot.  

Poster for the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship.
Poster for the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship.

A total, 204 titled players will take part in the competition, including 36 Grandmasters. 

There was no entry fee of any kind for this competition. However, teams were encouraged to donate via the Softgiving platform to support FIDE’s CSR program.

(part of this article have been extracted from the FIDE website).

Links

Equity Bank win 2018 Kenya National Chess League.

Equity Bank win 2017 Kenya National Chess League.