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CHESS LEAGUE STARTS IN EARNEST

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

 
TWO UGANDAN ARBITERS FOR 2014 OLYMPIAD

Uganda and Zambia are the only two African countries that will each have two Arbiters at the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway from 1 to 15 August 2014. International Arbiter Stephen Kisuze and FIDE Arbiter Christopher Turyahabwe are the Ugandan Arbiters named on a list of Arbiters that has been published on the FIDE website.

While IA Kisuze has already had experience in handling games at this level having been the first Ugandan to arbitrate at an Olympiad when he handled games at the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, FA Turyahabwe will be getting his first shot at this level.

Ugandan Chess has made giant strides with the number of FIDE rated tournaments hosted in the country rising, which has given players and officials the necessary exposure and confidence. Kisuze has in the past handled a number of local and international FIDE rated events including the Africa Individual Chess Championship in Maputo, Mozambique, FIDE rated events in Tanzania, Kenya, Togo and Turkey.

On his part, Turyahabwe has handled most of the recent local FIDE rated events including the Regional Rwabushenyi  Memorial Chess Championship, Kawuma Open, National Chess Championship 2014 and the 2014 East Africa Open Chess Championship held in Kenya.

The list of nominated Arbiters for the Tromso Olympiad has 20 from Africa, 20 from the Americas, 25 from Asia and 98 from Europe.

Uganda Chess Federation is very proud of the fact that Uganda will be one of the privileged countries to present more than one Arbiter at the world’s biggest stage and construes this historic milestone as a vote of confidence in the ability of our personnel.

We wish the Arbiters and the National teams (Ladies and Men) best of luck in the upcoming event.

 
Kawuma Wins Qualifiers 2014

CM Patrick Kawuma excelled to lead with 8.5 points out of 11 as he was joined by FM Harold Wanyama (8 points), debutante Mathias Ssonko
(7.5 points) and Arthur Ssegwanyi (7.5 points) to form Uganda’s National Chess team that will also have IM Elijah Emojong.

The highly competetive Qualifiers that ended on Sunday 11 May 2014 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel saw early pace setters Raphael Buti and Haruna Nsubuga narrowly miss out on the much coveted places after splendid performances especially from Buti who went down fighting in the last two rounds that he only managed to draw.

Ssonko (rated 2026) is the only player on the team that has not played at the Olympiad before. The other players including Kawuma (2251), Emojong (2310), Wanyama (2217) and Ssegwanyi (2281) are fairly experienced and should provide him with the necessary cover at the World Chess Olympiad due in Tromso, Norway in August, 2014.

The new teams both ladies and men are set to play separate double round robin tournaments as part of their pre-olympiad preparations. At stake shall be Uganda Shillings 500,000/=.

 

Details of the final standings can be found at Chess Results of the following links; Men, Ladies.

 
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