International Master Elijah Emojong has proved to the doubting 'Thomases' that he is still a major force to reckon with by winning the Kawuma Open Chess Championship in clear first position (unbeaten) with 6.5 points out of a possible 7.
in second position was FM Harold Wanyama with 6 points as CM Patrick Kawuma followed in third position with 6 points as well and so was Walter Okas who was only relegated to fourth position owing to an inferior tie break.
Okas was one of the outstanding players as he came from behind to win all the games he played after missing the first round.
Kenya's Moses Andiwoh finished in tenth position with 5 points as the other Kenyan at the event Givan Amunga finished in fourteenth position with 5 points as well.
To win the event, Emojong beat Lwebuga Ronald, Solomon Lubega, Ayebazibwe Emmanuel, Daniel Bagadde, Harold Wanyama, Bob Bibasa and drew with Arthur Ssegwanyi. He scooped the top prize of 1 million Uganda shillings and a trophy.
Ssegwanyi who was one of the early pace setter crumpled in the last round at the hands of his nemesis Wanyama and ended up in fifth position with 5.5 points.
The ladies category was won by Stella Babirye with 6.5 points out of 7. She was followed by WCM Phiona Mutesi with 6.5 points too and Olympian Grace Kigeni in third position with 5 points.
The ladies' winner Babirye is fresh from the Africa Junior Chess Championship in Saurimo, Angola from where she attained her first international rating. That international exposure and experience was timely for her and will certainly go a long way in shaping her future style of play.
The Under 15 Boys category was won by Wilson Serunjogi with a maximum 7 out of 7 points followed by Denis Mukule with 5.5 points and Sharif Senabulya with 5 points.
The Under 15 Girls was won by Lydia Nakato with 4 points followed by Angel Naluggya with 3 points. Joshua Ssemanda won the boys Under 10 years age category with 4 points.
A record total of 149 participants took part in the maiden event on Uganda Chess Federation's busy 2015 Calendar.