Tsunami hits Ugandan players in round 4

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

Round 3 Update

Ugandan IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (2366) beat Egypt's Chafik Talbi (2206) to get to 2 points out of a possible 3 as FM Patrick Kawuma who had a great start to the event with a draw against a GM faltered after falling to detect a seemingly basic opening trap against South African IM Daniel Cawdery. Kawuma seemed to have opted for a line that he doesn't regularly play in a foiled bid to surprise his opponent.

In an all Ugandan battle, lower rated Simon Gonza secured an important personal victory against FM Harold Wanyama after excellently playing a Kings Indian defence and ending up with an 'itchy' passed Pawn on the c-file that caused all sorts of problems for the Ugandan FM. He converted the advantage excellently with a decisive rook manouvre to the 7th rank and eventual sacrifice of rook for bishop to win.

The third round of the ongoing Africa Individual Chess Championship produced some interesting results with the top players GM El Gindy Esam and GM Samy Shocker sharing the spoils on board one to draw after a sophisticated middle game duel. Algerian IM Arab Adlane stopped Zambia's high flying Andrew Kayonde in his tracks while Egyptian GM Adley Ahmed crushed fellow country man IM Hesham Abdelrahman to return to the top boards following his first round draw against FM Kawuma of Uganda.

In the ladies category, Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook is on maximum points after beating Algeria's WIM Sabrina Latreche in the third round.

Uganda's Joyce Kabengano remained unbeaten after three rounds as she beat fellow Ugandan WFM Christine Namaganda. It was an all Ugandan battle on another board as WFM Goretti Angolikin beat Gloria Nansubuga. By the time of writing this, fourth round games were ongoing.

Details of games can be found on Chess-results while fantastic pictures can be found on  facebook coutersy of FA Paras Gudka.

Fireworks in Africa Individual Chess Championship at Tick Hotel

Uganda's FM Patrick Kawuma beat South Africa's CM Dr. Lyndon Bouah in the second round to maintain a great start that saw him draw with Egypt's GM Adley Ahmed in the first round of the Africa Individual Chess Championship ongoing at Tick Hotel in Kampala.

On another board Egyptian Grandmaster Samy Shocker stunned Ugandan IM Arthur Ssegwanyi with a Queen sacrifice for three pieces and ended up wining the game to get to 2 points out of 2. Also on maximum points are Algeria's Arab Adlane, Egypt's GM Essam El Gindy and Zambia's Andrew Kayonde who outwitted Angolan IMs Aderito Pedro, SIlva David and Erikson Soares Mauricio respectively.

The other Ugandan in the fray, Farouk Fauza notched his first win at the event against Somalia's Abdulkhadir Ahmed as FM Harold Wanyama and Rajab Kamoga lost to IM Ameir Moheb and Talbi Chafiki respectively. Gonza beat Fidow Kasim as Kenya's Ben Magana beat fellow countryman Mwangi Martin.

In the ladies category, Egyptian WGM Wafa Shrook is on a roll after beating fellow Egyptian Elnasary Eman to get to 2 points out of 2 just like Algerian WIM Latreche Sabrina and South African WIM Anzel Laubscher.

Joyce Kabengano (1556) who earlier drew a game she should have won in the first round against South Africa's Denise Frick (1905) again settled for an impressive draw against a higher rated Domingos Maria (1712) from Angola. She is the only unbeaten Ugandan lady and was now scheduled to take on fellow Ugandan WFM Christine Namaganda in the third round. Namaganda herself secured a first win against Nansubuga Gloria in the second round.

Late entrant, Shakira Ampeire, who only joined the fray owing to an odd number of players in the ladies category got a sweet draw against South Africa's higher rated Robyn Van Niekerk (1621).

Two games are scheduled to be played today (Tuesday 19 July 2016) with the first and third already already underway having commenced at 9:00 am while the second is scheduled for 4:00 pm. Wednesday 20 July 2016 will be rest day and the players are scheduled to go for an excursion at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and later in the evening go for a cultural show at Ndere Centre in Ntinda.

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