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Mount of Olives College to host National Schools Chess Championships PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 28 April 2017 13:22

 

The 2017 edition of the National Schools Chess Championships will be hosted by Mount of Olives College Kakiri in Wakiso district, Uganda Chess Federation [UCF] has confirmed.

The event that commences on 5th May has attracted over 40 primary and secondary schools from across the country, and Namilyango College come as defending champions in the boys’ category, while St Mbuga Vocational SSS are reigning champions in the girls’ category.

With Michael Basangwa, Solomon Mugoda, Innocent Kamya and Eric Mboiz, some of the top young players in the country as their representatives, Namilyango are favorites to retain the title they won last year, but record champions St Mbuga will try to regain glory.

The seven day event will be used to handpick representatives for this year’s African Schools Individual Chess Championships that will take place in Namibia in August, choose representatives at the World Cadet U-8, U-10, U-12 Chess Championships in Brazil as well as selecting those who will represent the country at the World Youth U-14, 16 and U-18 Chess Championships in Uruguay later this year.

Kings College Budo, Makerere College, Bishop McAllister in Bushenyi, Ntare SS, St Maria Gorreti Katende, Jinja College Butiki, Busoga College Mwiri, St Masero Academy, Kibuka Mixed Primary School, Good times Kawala Primary School, Kyandodo SS, Silver Spoon Primary School are among the schools that will take part. This story was published in Kawowo sports publication by Sarah Malinga. Read here

 
Ivy Amoko disappointed with Zonal performance PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 09:12

by Marion Malinga

Woman Fide Master Ivy Clare Amoko’s sole target at the just concluded Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships in Ethiopia was to win the event and earn the Woman International Master [WIM] title.

Amoko headed into the event undaunted and with her ranked third at the tournament only behind Elansary Eman and Wafa Shahenda the two Egyptian Women International Masters, there was hope back home for a title or at least an IM norm from her.

But with only six points managed, the No.1 seed lady in East Africa was quite a way from realizing her dream as she finished fourth.

The 30-year-old won only five games, lost two to the Egyptians and drew against untitled and lowly rated players including Shakira Ampaire in the first round and Ethiopian Ruth Leykun, leaving her completely unconvinced with her performance.

Woman Fide Master Ivy Clare Amoko’s sole target at the just concluded Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships in Ethiopia was to win the event and earn the Woman International Master [WIM] title.

Amoko headed into the event undaunted and with her ranked third at the tournament only behind Elansary Eman and Wafa Shahenda the two Egyptian Women International Masters, there was hope back home for a title or at least an IM norm from her.

But with only six points managed, the No.1 seed lady in East Africa was quite a way from realizing her dream as she finished fourth.

The 30-year-old won only five games, lost two to the Egyptians and drew against untitled and lowly rated players including Shakira Ampaire in the first round and Ethiopian Ruth Leykun, leaving her completely unconvinced with her performance.

 
Candidate Master Title a ‘step to a long journey’, says Joshua Katumba PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:28

Candidate Master Title a ‘step to a long journey’, says Joshua Katumba

 

by Marion Malinga

 

Chess Warriors’ Joshua Katumba described the feel of being the new Candidate Master [CM] in the country as ‘great’, but views the title as a ‘step to a long journey.’Katumba earned the CM title after he garnered the required 4.5 points at the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships that concluded on Sunday in Ethiopia.

“It was not an easy thing because everyone in the tournament was strong,” Katumba rated 1871 said of the event.

“But I was not scared because I had studied how every strong player plays.

“It was a very wonderful experience and being my first international tournament, my performance was good. It was something new to me. It feels great being a Candidate Master, but it’s the first step to a long journey,” he said.

Katumba’s achievement at his maiden appearance the Zonal Championships means Uganda now has three Candidate Masters, the other two being former national team coach Bob Bibasa and Daniel Bagaade, and with him included, the country now has twelve titled players who are active.

The players include the aforementioned three CMs, Arthur Ssegwanyi and Elijah Emojong [International Masters], Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga [Fide Masters] and in the ladies section, Ivy Clare Amoko, Grace Kigeni, Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda [Woman Fide Masters] and ‘Queen of Katwe’ Phionah Mutesi with Woman Candidate Master title.

 
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