Mixed results for Ugandan in rounds 2 and 3 of Zone 4.2 Africa Chess
Ugandan players posted mixed results in rounds 2 and 3 of the ongoing Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played on Sunday 24 April 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In the men's category, FM Harold Wanyama beat Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974) in the second round but fell at the hands of Egypt's Sobh Amrou (2210) in the third round after going into time trouble with a superior position that he could not convert.
CM Haruna Nsubuga experienced a similar fate after beating Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round but went on to lose to Sudan's Abdelazeez Mohamed Abdalla (2182) in the third round.
In the fourth round due to be played today (Monday 25 April 2016), Wanyama will need to be careful against Kenya's impressive Joseph Ngooro Maigua (1792) who managed a draw against the event's highest rated player, Egypt's Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.
Nsubuga will on another board be up against Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1974). The event's unbeaten leaders; Sobh Amrou (Egypt) and Abera Aydagnuhem Gezachew (Ethiopia) will square off on board one to determine the early pace setter. A total of nine rounds are due to be played in the zonal whose winner automatically attains the title of International Master.
In the ladies category, the situation was not any better for the Ugandan players as WFM Goretti Angolikin, WFM Christine Namaganda and Shakira Ampaire all fell at the hands of Kenya's Shah Riya, Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook and Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel, respectively. In the third round, Namaganda and Angolikin were pitied against each other and they settled for a draw. Ampaire went on to lose to Kenya's Joyce Nyaruai.
In today's fourth round games, which commence at 3:00 pm the players wil be out to make ammends as Angolikin plays Djibouti's Rahma Mohamed Elmi, Namaganda against Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel and Ampaire against Rwanda's Shimwa Marie Faustine.
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