Equity Chess Team are perched atop the leader board in the ongoing Kenya National Chess Premier League after winning 3 matches at the weekend. KCB follow closely, with Nakuru Chess Club closing the top trio bracket.
Equity Chess Club won all their 3 league against Black Knights (5-0), Knights Chess Club (4-1) and Elite Chess Club (4-1), to emerge top of the table standing.
Equity’s new signing, Hugh Misiko, put up a spirited fight to secure a win against Black Knights during league matches played over the weekend at Daystar University, Main Campus in Athi River.
After losing a critical bishop leaving him down on material, and only had a slight time advantage on his clock against Black Knight’s Fredrick Omosa, Hugh managed to force his opponent into defensive zugzwang and snatched the victory. Despite a surprise loss by Equity top seed FM Haruna Nsubuga against Njuki Gabriel of Elite, the score was a 4-0 white-wash on the other boards
Reacting to the results, Equity Chess captain Njagi Kabugu, noted the improved quality of games and competitiveness in league, “Winning or losing is no longer about Elo Chess rating. The young players have demonstrated this very well by beating experienced players.
Everyone is coming out guns-blazing, and we will continue bringing our A-game to the board,” he said.
Team Equity, which recently returned to the league after a 2- year hiatus occasioned by Covid-19, are hoping to reclaim the title from perennial rivals KCB.
With the league drawing to an end, all eyes are on the Equity-KCB match, which is expected be an epic battle of titans as the bankers fight for the title.