TWO UGANDAN ARBITERS FOR 2014 OLYMPIAD
Uganda and Zambia are the only two African countries that will each have two Arbiters at the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway from 1 to 15 August 2014. International Arbiter Stephen Kisuze and FIDE Arbiter Christopher Turyahabwe are the Ugandan Arbiters named on a list of Arbiters that has been published on the FIDE website.
While IA Kisuze has already had experience in handling games at this level having been the first Ugandan to arbitrate at an Olympiad when he handled games at the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, FA Turyahabwe will be getting his first shot at this level.
Ugandan Chess has made giant strides with the number of FIDE rated tournaments hosted in the country rising, which has given players and officials the necessary exposure and confidence. Kisuze has in the past handled a number of local and international FIDE rated events including the Africa Individual Chess Championship in Maputo, Mozambique, FIDE rated events in Tanzania, Kenya, Togo and Turkey.
On his part, Turyahabwe has handled most of the recent local FIDE rated events including the Regional Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship, Kawuma Open, National Chess Championship 2014 and the 2014 East Africa Open Chess Championship held in Kenya.
The list of nominated Arbiters for the Tromso Olympiad has 20 from Africa, 20 from the Americas, 25 from Asia and 98 from Europe.
Uganda Chess Federation is very proud of the fact that Uganda will be one of the privileged countries to present more than one Arbiter at the world’s biggest stage and construes this historic milestone as a vote of confidence in the ability of our personnel.
We wish the Arbiters and the National teams (Ladies and Men) best of luck in the upcoming event.