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Mixed results for Ugandan in rounds 2 and 3 of Zone 4.2 Africa Chess

Ugandan players posted mixed results in rounds 2 and 3 of the ongoing Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played on Sunday 24 April 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In the men's category, FM Harold Wanyama beat Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974) in the second round but fell at the hands of Egypt's Sobh Amrou (2210) in the third round after going into time trouble with a superior position that he could not convert.

CM Haruna Nsubuga experienced a similar fate after beating Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round but went on to lose to Sudan's Abdelazeez Mohamed Abdalla (2182) in the third round.

In the fourth round due to be played today (Monday 25 April 2016), Wanyama will need to be careful against Kenya's impressive Joseph Ngooro Maigua (1792) who managed a draw against the event's highest rated player, Egypt's Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.

Nsubuga will on another board be up against Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974). The event's unbeaten leaders; Sobh Amrou (Egypt) and Abera Aydagnuhem Gezachew (Ethiopia) will square off on board one to determine the early pace setter. A total of nine rounds are due to be played in the zonal whose winner automatically attains the title of International Master.

In the ladies category, the situation was not any better for the Ugandan players as WFM Goretti Angolikin, WFM Christine Namaganda and Shakira Ampaire all fell at the hands of Kenya's Shah Riya, Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook and Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel, respectively. In the third round, Namaganda and Angolikin were pitied against each other and they settled for a draw. Ampaire went on to lose to Kenya's Joyce Nyaruai.

In today's fourth round games, which commence at 3:00 pm the players wil be out to make ammends as Angolikin plays Djibouti's Rahma Mohamed Elmi, Namaganda against Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel and Ampaire against Rwanda's Shimwa Marie Faustine.


A total of 38 players from 12 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda are participating in the event.

Details of the event can be found at Open and Ladies on Chess-Results.com
 
Ugandans off to a great start in Zone 4.2 Africa Chess

Ugandan chess players were off to a great start in the first round of the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this afternoon (Saturday 23 April 2016). The biggest result was in the ladies category where Shakira Ampaire (1344) who is playing in her first international event forced a draw against Egypt's much higher rated WFM Eman Elansary (1924).

 

It was a walk in the park for the other two Ugandan lady representatives WFM Christine Namaganda and WFM Goretti Angolikin who dismissed their unrated Tanzanian opponents Fena Gwamwamba and Anawa Martha Fredy, respectively in record time.

 

In the second round, Namaganda will be in the lion's den against Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook while Angolikin takes on Kenya's WCM Sha Riya (1515) as Ampaire plays Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel (1477).

In the men's category, the two Ugandan representatives FM Harold Wanyama and CM Haruna Nsubuga registered routine wins against Burundi's Ezra Paul Chambers (1766) and Rwanda's Valentin Rukimbira (1658) respectively.

The Ugandans are now up against more formidable opposition as Wanyama takes on Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1794) and Nsubuga against Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round to be played on Sunday 24 April 2016.

In other games, Kenya's little known Joseph Ngooro Maigua (rated 1792) rose to the occasion and delivered the day's upset by drawing with Egypt's pre event favorite IM Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.

A total of 38 players from 12 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda are participating in the event.

Details of the event can be found at Open and Ladies on Chess-Results.com

Meanwhile in other African Chess news, the Zone 4.3 kicks off tomorrow and Uganda's own IA, Kisuze Stephen will be officiating as the Chief Arbiter. He is being deputised by FA, Paras Gudka of Kenya.
 
Ssegwanyi breaks Naimanye's 20 year rating record

International Master (IM) Arthur Ssegwanyi has attained an international rating of 2365 as per the April 2016 FIDE rating list, the highest in East Africa, thereby beating the over 20 years record set by legendary FIDE Master Andrew Naimanye of a rating of 2360.

Ssegwanyi, who became Uganda's second International Master in 2015 after winning the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship in Kampala has done well in recent rated tournaments including the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship and final phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers, which enabled him to garner more rating points to hit the East African summit.
Naimanye, a FIDE Master, PH.D. holder in Engineering from the University of Leeds and Manager at the Uganda Road Fund, has for over 20 years enjoyed the record for the highest chess rating in the region. He played his best Chess as a teenager and put in spectacular displays at the Africa Junior and Africa Individual Chess Championships. He also featured for Uganda on board one at the 1992 World Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines. He owes a lot of his current success to the discipline that chess inculcated in him at an early age.
As a national team player who is due to represent the country at the Africa Individual Chess Championship in June and World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2016, Ssegwanyi has the world on his feet and is certainly still rising.
His consistency and discipline on the board presents him as Uganda's best prospect for a maiden Grandmaster title.
 
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