Following the successfull hosting of the 2015 Africa Zone 4.2 chess championship in Kampala, Uganda Chess Federation was granted the right to host the 2016 Africa Individual Chess Championship. The event will run from 16th July 2016 up to 27th July 2016 at Tick Hotel, along Bombo Road in Kampala. The event will comprise two categories, the Open and Ladies category and will have a standard, rapid and blitz rate of play in each. A mouth watering array of prizes (cash and trophies) awaits the victors who will be the new Africa Chess Champion - Open and Ladies respectively. The annual event attracts the best players of the continent. Given that the host federation provides fullboard accomodation for two official players per federation (one for open and one for ladies category), the event is always graced by the best individuals from the participating countries. Confirmations received todate include all the leading chess playing countries in Africa. Three Egyptian Grandmasters lead the pack followed by a strong field of players from Algeria, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria. Others include the hosts Uganda, Ghana, Somalia and others.
The highest ranked players registered todate are GM Adly Ahmed from Egypt (2607), GM Shoker Samy (2489) GM Essam El Gindy (2431) and GM Haddouche Mohamed (2494) who will have to be contained by our lower rated local players like IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Wanyama Harold, FM Kawuma Patrick and Okas Walter.
The ladies pack is also likely to be dominated by Egyptian WGM Mona Kaled who seems to have no equals on the continent. Having won the 2016 Zone 4.2 individual championship undesputed in Dar-es-salaam Tanzania, she intends to extend her dominance on the continent. The local ladies will be led by WFMs Grace Kigeni and Angolikin Goretti who will have to draw on their growing experience to over come much more experienced South Africans and Egyptians.
Alongside the individual championships a FIDE Arbiter's seminar shall be held from 18th September 2016 to 23rd September 2016. The event will enable participants to gain much needed technical capacity as far as arbitration of chess is concerned. It will also offer an opportunity for participants to earn FIDE arbiter norms and or titles directly if the pass the written exam.