• Defending champions, KCB, aim to extend their dominance after securing the title in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
• Newly promoted sides, Kisumu Chess Club, Lighthouse Alpha and Knights Chess Academy, aspire to establish their authority in the Premier League.
The much-awaited Kenya National Chess League is all set to commence on May 27 at the KCB Sports Club.
The league, which comprises two divisions, the Premier League and Super League, promises an intense competition.
Defending champions, KCB, aim to extend their dominance after securing the title in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Newly promoted sides, Kisumu Chess Club, Lighthouse Alpha and Knights Chess Academy, aspire to establish their authority in the Premier League.
Additionally, the return of the 2018 Champions, Equity Chess Club, adds an extra layer of excitement, having missed out on last year's edition.
Anthony Kionga,the chess league secretary, expects tough competition saying: "This year's Kenya National Chess League is expected to be incredibly tough and competitive. The level of talent across the teams is exceptionally high and we foresee some fierce battles on the chessboard".
"The teams have been active in the signing of players. Majority have recruited from countries like Egypt, Uganda, France and South Sudan. This will elevate the overall quality of the league," Kionga added.
In the Super League, several new entrants are poised to make their mark.
Teams such as USIU and Mavens Tacticians will be aiming for top finishes in order to secure promotion to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the relegated teams, Strathmore University and the University of Nairobi, are determined to bounce back and reclaim their positions in the top tier.
Both league categories consist of 17 teams each.
The bottom three teams in the Premier League will be relegated at the end of the season while the top three teams in the Super League will earn promotion.