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Haruna Nsubuga attains FM title

Uganda's Haruna Nsubuga was the biggest winner at the just concluded Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship after winning his last game on the final day to get to 4.5 points out of 9, a 50 percent score, the mandatory requirement for a FIDE Master title. No other player from all the participating six countries attained a title.

The event was won by Egyptian Grandmaster Amin Bassem with 8.5 points who qualified for the 2015 African Grand Prix and scooped 1000 Euros and a prestigious trophy.
To get to 4.5 points, Nsubuga beat Egypt's Hatem Eldesoky, Burundi's Wilfried Ntamatungiro, Tanzania's Mlawa Hemed and Rwanda's Ruteremara Thetime and drew with Egypt's Amin Ashiraf. He lost to IM Abdulrazik Khaled, IM Ezat Mohammed, GM Amin Bassem and Kenya's Moses Andiwoh. The loss to Kenya's less fancied Andiwoh in one of the early rounds perhaps acted as a timely wake up call for Nsubuga to up his game and finish on a high.
The event winner automatically attains an International Master title but since it was won by a Grandmaster that award became non applicable. As it was, Nsubuga who was the only non titled player to score 4.5 points or more became the only title beneficiary out of the 12 players who took part in the Open category.
Nsubuga now becomes Uganda's seventh FIDE Master in addition to FMs Harold Wanyama, Andrew Naimanye, Stephen Kisuze, Arthur Ssegwanyi, Moses Kawuma and Stephen Kawuma. The other titled Ugandan players include IM Elijah Emojong (the only IM in East Africa), CM Patrick Kawuma and CM Bob Bibasa. The titled ladies are WFM Ivy Amoko and WCM Phiona Mutesi.
Overall, Nsubuga finished in sixth position. Rwanda's Ruteremara finished ninth with 2 points, so did Kenya's Andiwoh in tenth and Tanzania's Mlawa in eleventh while Burundi's Ntamatungiro finished in twelvth position.
The ladies category was won by Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook with 6.5 out of 7. In second position was Shahenda Wafa with 6 points and third was Mohames Enas. Uganda's Joyce Kabengano, who was making a debut at such an event was given a rude welcome to the big stage as she finished with one point.
Egypt's Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi and Zone 4.2 President, Vianney Luggya handed over the prizes and trophies to the winners at the closing ceremony held at Indiana Hotel in Cairo on Saturday 29 November 2014.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Zonal President hailed the Africa Chess Confederation (ACC) leadership for ensuring that this year's zonal had the biggest number of participants in recent years with a total of 6 countries (including Rwanda and Kenya which have for long not featured in the zonal) participating in the event. The ACC, upon request from the zonal President, catered for air ticket costs for players from Rwanda and Kenya.
Luggya expressed optimism that next year's Zone 4.2 Chess Championship which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in April 2015 will even attract more countries and players. As next year's hosts, Uganda will have an opportunity to field at least five players in the event.
The winner of the 2015 zonal will automatically qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
 
Nsubuga Haruna and Kabengano Joyce off to Zonal

Uganda's two representatives in this year's Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship; Haruna Nsubuga and Joyce Kabengano have departed for Cairo, Egypt aboard Egypt Air and were scheduled to arrive on the morning of Friday 21 November 2014 in time for the event whose 9 round games commence on 22 November 2014.
This is the third consecutive time that Uganda participates in a zonal Chess Championship. The country has previously been represented at the events by IM Elijah Emojong, Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda. Emojong attained his IM title from last year's zonal which was also held in Egypt after emerging second and registering a score above the required 66.6 percent for such a title.
In the male category, Nsubuga will be up against one Egyptian Grandmaster in Amin Bassem (2623), four other Egyptian IMs including Ezat Mohammed (2465), Abdel Razik Khaled (2451), Hesham Abdelrahman (2352) and Sarwat Walwa (2357). There are also players from Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. Players from Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda will be making debuts at this event.
Kenya's male representative is fast rising Moses Andiwoh who is no stranger to Haruna as the former has featured in some events in Uganda.
Nsubuga, rated 2141 will be raring to go and itching to put in a result that will grant him a title out of the event. A minimum of a 50 percent score, which is at least 4.5 points out of 9 would grant him the much coveted FIDE Master title.
Kabengano will mainly be up against Egyptian opposition as only two countries; Kenya and Uganda have sent representatives in the female category to join the 6 female Egyptians participating in the event.
Uganda Chess Federation President, Vianney Luggya is the current President of Zone 4.2 which comprises of nine countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Seychelles, Burundi, Egypt and Uganda.

 
Sanlam and DMARK Lead National League
NEWS

National Chess League defending champions, DMARK are involved in a two horse race with Sanlam Chess Club at the summit of the 2014 National Chess League. In games played on Sunday 9th November 2014, DMARK beat Enkabi 4.5-1.5 while Sanlam beat Aviation 3-2 in the 21st round to maintain the status quo at the top with DMARK having a game to spare.

 
In other competitive games played at the weekend, the results were as follows:
Round 21 on 2014/11/09 at 09:00am
No. Team Team Res. : Res.
1  Sanlam Chess Club  Aviation Chess Club 3 : 2
2  Rainbow International Chess Club  Barclays Chess Club 0 : 5
3  UCU Knights Chess Club  City Chess Club 0 : 5
4  UCU Queens Chess Club  Mulago Overs Chess Club ½ : 4½
5  Lweza Chess Club  Mulago Pawns Chess Club 1 : 4
6  MUBS Chess Club  Mulago Knights Chess Club 2 : 3
7  Makerere University Chess Club  Mulago Rooks Chess Club 3 : 2
8  Bank of Uganda Chess Club  Mulago Queens Chess Club 1½ : 3½
9  Bunamwaya Chess Club  Mulago Kings Chess Club 1 : 4
10  Enkabi Chess Club  DMark Chess Club ½ : 4½
11  Nkumba A Chess Club  Mengo Chess Club 0 : 5
12  Entebbe Knightmares  Makindye Chess Club 2 : 3
13  Kireka Chess Club  spielfrei
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More games, were played in the 22nd round played yesterday afternoon.
The Standings after the 21st round were as follows:
Rk. SNo Team Games  +  =  - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 12 Sanlam Chess Club 21 20 0 1 60 92.0 0
2 1 DMark Chess Club 20 20 0 0 60 86.5 0
3 8 City Chess Club 20 16 1 3 49 74.5 0
4 2 Mulago Kings Chess Club 20 15 2 3 47 71.0 0
5 11 Kireka Chess Club 20 15 1 4 46 66.0 0
6 10 Aviation Chess Club 20 14 2 4 44 70.0 0
7 21 Enkabi Chess Club 20 12 2 6 38 51.5 0
8 4 Mulago Rooks Chess Club 20 12 0 8 36 57.5 0
9 5 Mulago Knights Chess Club 19 10 1 8 31 52.0 0
10 7 Mulago Overs Chess Club 20 9 3 8 30 49.0 0
11 17 MUBS Chess Club 20 8 4 8 28 50.0 0
12 16 Lweza Chess Club 19 9 1 9 28 49.0 0
13 25 Mengo Chess Club 20 8 2 10 26 49.0 0
14 24 Makindye Chess Club 19 8 2 9 26 46.5 0
15 3 Mulago Queens Chess Club 20 8 2 10 26 43.5 0
16 19 Bank of Uganda Chess Club 18 8 1 9 25 40.5 0
17 18 Makerere University Chess Club 20 7 4 9 25 38.0 0
18 9 Barclays Chess Club 20 8 0 12 24 47.0 0
19 23 Entebbe Knightmares 19 7 1 11 22 41.0 0
20 14 UCU Knights Chess Club 20 4 2 14 14 37.0 0
21 22 Nkumba A Chess Club 18 4 1 13 13 32.0 0
22 6 Mulago Pawns Chess Club 20 3 2 15 11 30.5 0
23 20 Bunamwaya Chess Club 20 3 0 17 9 28.5 0
24 15 UCU Queens Chess Club 20 2 0 18 6 21.5 0
25 13 Rainbow International Chess Club 21 0 0 21 0 0.0 0

 
Details of the National Chess League can be accessed on the link: Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - National Chess League 2014

 
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