Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

The Uganda Chess Federation in conjunction with FIDE, is hosting two important events, an International Organisers seminary and FIDE Trainer's seminar. The events are running from 28th to 31st August 2015 at Sojovalo Hotel in Rubaga Kampala. The seminars have attracted over 30 participants from Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. This is the first time that these two types of seminars are held in East Africa and presents an opportunity for participants to acquire skills related to organising high level events as well as nurturing and developing chess talent. The seminars started with a brief opening ceremony at which several the leading local press were represented. All participants were given a pack comprising of important FIDE approved IO and FIDE Trainer course materials. At the end of the seminar, participants will undertake a test and those who pass will be awarded with a certificate of participation and will earn an IO Norm and Development or National Instructor titles respectively.

Notable among the participants are President of Burundi Chess Federation (FECHEBU) FA Deo Ntagasigumwami, Vice President of Uganda Chess Federation Olga Robinah Namwanje and Leading Kenyan players CM Ben Magana and DI Andiwo Moses.

Deo Ntagasigumwami (BDI) and Luggya Vianney (UGA)

The seminars are being conducted by FIDE Vice President Beatrice Marinello who is also chairperson of the FIDE Social Action Commission. Participants attended the seminars free of charge, a sign that FIDE is focussed on growing capacity of chess organisation and training in Africa. Beatrice also visited Social Action Commission supported projects in Gulu – Uganda from 24th to 27th August 2015. She donated a total of 20 chess sets to the Social Action Project in Gulu and Uganda Chess Federation respectively which were received by the UCF Director of Development – Katende Robert and Direct Technical – Stephen Kisuze.

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