A Tsunami of sorts seems to have hit Ugandan players in round 4 of the ongoing Africa Individual Chess Championship as most of them fell at the hands of superior opposition in the Open category except FM Harod Wanyama who shockingly lost to a less fancied James Madol Pancho of South Sudanl.
In the Open category games played on Tuesday 19th July, 2016, It was only IM Arthur Ssegwanyi that rose to the occasion after digging deep to eke out a win against fellow Ugandan and international debutant Simon Gonza, who had himself started well.
FM Patrick Kawuma, Farouk Fauza and Rajab Kamoga battled all the way but eventually succumbed at the hands of IMs Ameir Moheb (Egypt), Kigiga Bomo (Nigeria) and Soares Erickson Mauricio (Angola), respectively.
It is a tough field in which Uganda's lead player at the event Ssegwanyi is still standing tall with a points tally of 3 points out of a possible 4, only half a point behind the leading pack of GMs ElGindy Essam, Adley Ahmed and Samy Shocker who all have 3.5 points.
Fifth round games are scheduled to commence on Thursday 21st July 2016 with IM Ssegwanyi taking on Zambia's fellow IM Andrew Kayonde in a mouth watering sub-saharan duel on board three. There is no hiding even after a loss as Gonza Simon is up against Angola's IM Aderito Pedro as Kawuma faces Egypt's Chafik Talbi.
In the ladies category, WFM Goretti Angolikin beat fellow Ugandan Shakira Ampaire as Gloria Nansubuga and Stella Babirye shared the spoils. WFM Christine Namaganda was unlucky against South Africa's Fischer Michelle.
Today has been rest day and the players took off time to visit animals in the zoo at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe while others went for a cultural evening performance by the Ndere Troupe in Kiwatule