Local Chess goes Pro!

Oct 22, 2010

East African chess Champion Ugandan Harold Wanyama is set to join Kenya Commercial Bank Club in November.

Wanyama whos is also the Mombasa international Open Champion will be first foreign player to be signed by a local chess club, a move that is set to boost the standards of the game locally.

Wanyama who represented his country  recently at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia is expected to be unveiled in the next round of the league in Eldoret.

At the same time Kenya’s Olympian Matthew Kanegeni is also set to join KCB as the bankers look to regain the national league title from the reigning champions National Bank.

The national league resumed last weekend after a month-long break with four matches on the card.

On Saturday at Goan Gymkhana in Nairobi, the National Bank Team of Wycliff Obutu, Olympian Steve Ouma, Wangombe Mugo and veteran Larry Kagambi whitewashed University of Nairobi (James Muchai, Duncan Anangwe, Robert Kingoo and Brian Inima)4 – 0.

In the other match league leaders Nairobi Chess Club were held to a 2 – 2 draw by a refurbished Checkmates outfit.  NCC’s wins came from Mehul Gohil against Martin Oyamo and Paris Gudka against Douglas Kuritto. Checkmates points came from Collins Young against James Hadley and Ken Kamau against Kim Bhari.

In Sunday games played at the KCB sports club in Ruaraka the Kabete cares team of Moses Kwareba, Nickola ,Muriuki, Fred Mbugua and Beth Hinga shared the spoils with Kenya Polytechnic’s Douglas Kamau, Fred Mbugua and Gregory Gitonga.
Stima also settled for a draw with Eastlands. Stima had Olympian Joseph Atwoli, Ricky Sang’,Geoffrey Wenani and another Olympian Purity Maina. On duty for Eastlands were Brian Mmata, George Ochieng’, Brian Adorwa and Martin Mbuya.
Six matches are scheduled this weekend at Goan Gymkhana and KCB Sports club in Ruaraka

Saturday, October 23, NCC Vs Stima
                                UoN  Vs  Kenya Polytechnic

Sunday October 24,Checkmates Vs UoN  
                              Kabete Cares Vs  Kenyatta University
                              KCB  Vs  Kenya Polytechnica  
                              UoN Ladies Vs Kenyatta University
                              Eastlands Vs Kabete

Collins Young

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