Ugandans off to a great start in Zone 4.2 Africa Chess
Ugandan chess players were off to a great start in the first round of the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this afternoon (Saturday 23 April 2016). The biggest result was in the ladies category where Shakira Ampaire (1344) who is playing in her first international event forced a draw against Egypt's much higher rated WFM Eman Elansary (1924).
It was a walk in the park for the other two Ugandan lady representatives WFM Christine Namaganda and WFM Goretti Angolikin who dismissed their unrated Tanzanian opponents Fena Gwamwamba and Anawa Martha Fredy, respectively in record time.
In the second round, Namaganda will be in the lion's den against Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook while Angolikin takes on Kenya's WCM Sha Riya (1515) as Ampaire plays Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel (1477).
In the men's category, the two Ugandan representatives FM Harold Wanyama and CM Haruna Nsubuga registered routine wins against Burundi's Ezra Paul Chambers (1766) and Rwanda's Valentin Rukimbira (1658) respectively.
The Ugandans are now up against more formidable opposition as Wanyama takes on Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1794) and Nsubuga against Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round to be played on Sunday 24 April 2016.
In other games, Kenya's little known Joseph Ngooro Maigua (rated 1792) rose to the occasion and delivered the day's upset by drawing with Egypt's pre event favorite IM Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.
A total of 38 players from 12 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda are participating in the event.
Details of the event can be found at Open
Meanwhile in other African Chess news, the Zone 4.3 kicks off tomorrow and Uganda's own IA, Kisuze Stephen will be officiating as the Chief Arbiter. He is being deputised by FA, Paras Gudka of Kenya.