The National Chess League commenced in earnest with a record entry of 25 Clubs represented by 125 players in action at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Sunday 8th June 2014. Sanlam Chess Club stormed the lead with two victories over UCU Queens and Lweza Chess club, 5 - 0 and 4.5 - 0.5 respectively.

Sanlam was inspired by the performances of Olympians Harold Wanyama and Mathias Ssonko who beat UCU’s Shakira Ampeire and Esther Nakitende while Rajab Kamoga, Simon Gonza and Christine Namaganda beat Victoria Nakirya, Agnes Nabbaale and Esther Nannozi. In the second round, FM Wanyama was held to a surprise draw by Lweza’s 2065 rated Micheal Mawanda who earlier shocked him with a defeat in the recent Olympiad Qualifiers.

Mulago Knights Chess Club are in second position after 2 rounds having beaten Nkumba A 4-1 and Entebbe Knightmare 5-0, followed by City Chess Club in third and Aviation Chess Club in fourth position out of 25 participating clubs.

The scores in this year’s league are based on the Olympiad score method of a match win being equivalent to 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0. The match point scores count as the first tie break in case of a tie on match points.

The other key highlight of the league was Mulago Kings Chess Club’s IM Elijah Emojong’s first round loss to DMARK’s fellow Olympian Arthur Ssegwanyi on board one.

The league resumes with third and fourth rounds on Sunday 22 June 2014.

Details of the league can be accessed on the links below:

Face book: https://www.facebook.com/National.Chess.League.2014

Website: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr135190.aspx?lan=1&art=46&wi=821

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