Mukumbya wins National Junior Chess Championship

Fast rising Benjamin Mukumbya is the 2014 National Junior Chess Champion. The youngster attained the title after emerging victorious in the Open category of the  City Tyres sponsored national event that ended o Sunday 24 August 2014 at City Oil, Kamwokya.

Stella Babirye won the Ladies Under 20 category. City Tyres, which sponsored the event for the third time in a row provided all the amenities required including but not limited to playing Hall, 30 trophies for the top three in five categories, 4 bicycles, meals and refreshments for the record setting 520 participants that showed up for the event. Last year’s event attracted 305 players.

Phiona Mutesi who participated in the Open category, pitying her wits against male opposition again put in a spectacular performance finishing in second position.

The top three winners who walked off with trophies in each of the various categories were as follows:

Under 8 Girls
Waibale Precious Ceila
Catherine Nayiga
Kayla Tendo

Under 8 Boys
Vincent Buwule
Akran Nkwanzi
Francis Mpungu

Under 10 Girls
Lydia Nakato 7 points
Namulondo Ntamba 5 points
Angel Naluggya 5 points

Under 10 Boys
Victor Kanyike 5 points
Joachim Kasozi 5 points
Isiah Wasswa 5 points

Under 15 Girls
Gloria Nansubuga 6 points
Valeria Nakitende 5.5 points
Stella Ayerwot 5.5 points

Under 15 Boys
Isaac Ntambi 6 points
Ashraf Ssebagala 6 points
Micheal Basangwa 5.5 points

Under 20 Girls
Stella Babirye 6.5 points
Rhoda Namuswe 6 points
Joan Nakimuli 6 points

Under 20 Boys
Benjamin Mukumbya 7 points
Phiona Mutesi 6 points
Williams Kalugo 6 points

Professional Category

CM Bob Bibasa 6 points
Haruna Nsubuga 5.5 points
Solomon Lubega 5 points

Professional Category Women

Christine Namaganda 3 points
Goretti Angolikin 3 points
WFM Ivy Amoko 3 points

Uganda at the 41st Chess Olympiad - Tromso

Dear Visitor,

You can follow the performance of the Uganda Chess Team at the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso Norway on the team's facebook page Uganda Chess Team 2014. There you will find all the latest news,  updates and photos of the Open and Ladies teams taking part.

Please visit the page like it, invite a friend and post a comment in support of the teams. Note, that you will need to log in with your facebook account to do this.

Luggya Vianney, President

Uganda Chess Federation


The National Chess League commenced in earnest with a record entry of 25 Clubs represented by 125 players in action at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Sunday 8th June 2014. Sanlam Chess Club stormed the lead with two victories over UCU Queens and Lweza Chess club, 5 - 0 and 4.5 - 0.5 respectively.

Sanlam was inspired by the performances of Olympians Harold Wanyama and Mathias Ssonko who beat UCU’s Shakira Ampeire and Esther Nakitende while Rajab Kamoga, Simon Gonza and Christine Namaganda beat Victoria Nakirya, Agnes Nabbaale and Esther Nannozi. In the second round, FM Wanyama was held to a surprise draw by Lweza’s 2065 rated Micheal Mawanda who earlier shocked him with a defeat in the recent Olympiad Qualifiers.

Mulago Knights Chess Club are in second position after 2 rounds having beaten Nkumba A 4-1 and Entebbe Knightmare 5-0, followed by City Chess Club in third and Aviation Chess Club in fourth position out of 25 participating clubs.

The scores in this year’s league are based on the Olympiad score method of a match win being equivalent to 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0. The match point scores count as the first tie break in case of a tie on match points.

The other key highlight of the league was Mulago Kings Chess Club’s IM Elijah Emojong’s first round loss to DMARK’s fellow Olympian Arthur Ssegwanyi on board one.

The league resumes with third and fourth rounds on Sunday 22 June 2014.

Details of the league can be accessed on the links below:

Face book: https://www.facebook.com/National.Chess.League.2014

Website: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr135190.aspx?lan=1&art=46&wi=821

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