Kisii town will be hosting over 70 national and international chess masters for the first time ever when the Mocha Chess Open Championships gets underway this weekend at the Mocha Hotel.
The tournament, organized and sponsored by one time Kenyan Olympiad Winfried Thitu and Mocha Hotel will attract new first time player entries and Kenya National Chess League clubs.
In an interview with Sports Review Kisumu, Chess Kenya Women President Winfried Thitu said the first edition of the Mocha Chess Open will attract players from Uganda and top rated Kenyan internationals nationally.
“We are proud to announce that the first edition of Mocha Chess Open championship will be attracting international players especially from Uganda led by Patrick Kawuma and Arthur I.M who have already confirmed participation,” said Thitu.
The former Kenyan Olympian said that players from the 2018 Chess National champions Equity Bank and runners up Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) chess clubs will also be participating.
Top rated Kenyan Chess player Bob Mugana remains the overwhelming favorite to win the championship but he will be facing a stiff competition from the Ugandans.
“KCB and Equity players will be renewing their rivalry among other tough clubs,” she added.
Kisii Chess Club captain Michael Asati said they are prepared and ready for the championships with their vision being to finish among the best.
Kisii Chess club will be represented by CEC Roads and Public Works Vincent Sagwe, County Sports Director Obino Nyamache, Faith Mwango, Elizabeth Nyambura, Jasper Maina and Charles Kaloyo.
Players from Kisumu Chess Club, Eastland Chess club and Technical University of Kenya are also expected.
A total prize fund of Sh100, 000 has been set with winner of the open category awarded Sh30, 000 while that of the ladies category claiming Sh15, 000.