Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:18
Five Ugandan Chess players led by Olympian Harold Wanyama have today departed for Nairobi, Kenya to take part in the Kenya Open Chess Championship that runs from Friday 1 - Sunday 3 June 2012 at Kenyatta University Main Campus along Thika Road.
The other players to take part in the event are Candidate Master (CM) Patrick Kawuma, Haruna Nsubuga, Isaac Otim and Christine Namaganda (lady).
The event is doubling as the first phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers for neighbours, Kenya as they seek to determine a team that will represent them at the 40th World Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 27 August to 10 September 2012.
The event will act as a timely warm up for Uganda's Wanyama and Kawuma who are part of Uganda's team to this year's Olympiad.
The winner will reportedly walk away with a cash prize of 30,000 Kenya shillings, second 15,000 Kenya shillings and third 10,000 Kenya shillings. The top prize for the ladies category in which Namaganda will be competing is 15,000 Kenya Shillings. The event is sponsored by Kenya Power and Lighting Company.
A total of nine (9) rounds will be played with three games per day using a time control of one hour for each player implying a maximum of two hours per game.
Uganda Chess Federation wishes the Kenyans well as they embark on a protracted process to determine their Olympiad team.
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