KCB crowned national Chess league champions

By francis marangu
Mar 04, 2021
  • Ben Magana of KCB who emerged winners of the national championship. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Ivy Amoko from Equity Bank ponders the next move against Despande Sajana from Checkmate Club. Equity finished second in the national championship. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) are the Kenya National Chess League 2014/15 season winners after dislodging immediate champions Equity Bank.

After a grueling 13 rounds of action, KCB needed to win or draw their last match against Deadly Bishops at the closing leg played in Ruaraka. They won 3.5- 1.5 to finish the season top of the log with 33 points.

A total of 13 clubs participated. Equity came in second with 30 points after beating Checkmates Chess Club 5-0 in their last tie while Deadly Bishops were third with 24 points. Fourth-placed Strathmore University who beat Kenyatta University 4-1 had 21 points to account for the season.

Samurai Warriors with 19 points and Checkmates Chess Club on 18 points wrapped up the top six finishers. League awards will take place during the Chess Kenya Awards Gala to be held on Sunday at Makini School.

Nairobi Open Chess Championship 2015 will also take place at the same venue on Saturday and Sunday. It will double up as the qualifier for Zone 4.2 Championships to be held in Uganda from April 17-26. The top three men and two women players will represent Kenya at the regional event.

At the same time, Satish Deshpande is the new Chess Kenya (CK) CEO after he was approved by delegates during the special general meeting on Sunday. He will head chess matters at CK and promised to work to the best of his ability in ensuring smooth running of affairs.

Also, a taskforce of nine people to oversee amendments to the CK constitution was appointed. It will be headed by an advocate, Lwanga Karoli with Terrence Chazima serving as the secretary.

Members who attended the meeting applauded CK for having chess at heart as evidenced by many tournaments that are FIDE (World Chess Body) rated. “This indeed has resulted to many players in the country getting the prestigious FIDE rating and also having equal chances to represent Kenya in upcoming regional and international events,” reads minutes from the SGM.

Introduction of chess in schools was noted as the main milestone for the CK office. Members called for incorporation of sponsors to help boost growth of the game countrywide.

Results

Kenyatta University (1-4) Strathmore University, Samurai Warriors (3-1) Stima Club, Equity Bank (5-0) Checkmates Chess Club, Tritonite Stars (1-4) Technical University of Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank (3.5-1.5) Deadly Bishops.

Chess Kenya top six teams

KCB (33 points), Equity Bank (30), Deadly Bishops (24), Strathmore University (21), Samurai Warriors (19), Checkmates Chess Club (18).