A confident Equity Bank chess team left for Egypt at the weekend to represent Kenya in the 2017 African Clubs Champions Cup that began in Cairo yesterday.
The nine-member team was flagged off at Equity Centre in Nairobi by the Chess Kenya Federation treasurer, Gilbert Wandera, to participate at the 10-day tournament. Equity, who are currently at the top of 2017 league table, will be making their debut at the continental stage alongside other clubs that topped their respective countries.
Under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation (ACC), the Egyptian Chess Federation (ECF) in conjunction with Eastern Company Club invited all African chess federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to send their best club to participate in the continental showcase.
The tournament will serve as an acid test for the Kenyan flag bearers who have dominated the local chess scene over the last few years and it remains to be seen if they can replicate the same at continental level.
Equity will rely on highly experienced players like International Masters Arthur Ssegwanyi and Elijah Emojong, reining national champion Kenneth Omolo, Fide Master Steve Ouma, Peter Diing, Moses Andiwoh, Victor Hongo, Benard Wanjala, Njagi Kabugu and John Mukabi. Other notable players in the Cairo sojourn include Woman Fide Masters Ivy Amoko, Sanjana Deshpande and Daphne Mwikali.