Bibasa finally attains FM title
Friday, 03 July 2020 14:33

BIBASA BOB GILBERT finally Awarded FM Master title

After a spirited performance at the 2019 Zone 4.2 chess championship, Bibasa Bob Gilbert was awarded the FM title. He Joins other players like FM Wanyama Harold, FM Patrick Kawuma and FM Haruna Nsubuga among others. This further highlights the year 2019 for UCF as the best performing Federation in Uganda with 37 international medals and several titles.

Bibasa Bob at 43 years has held a Candidate master (CM) title since 1999 and had to wait for over 20 years before upgrading to FM. This was achieved after he finishing second in the 2019 Uganda grandprix guaranteeing part sponorship from UCF to represent Uganda at the Zone 4.2 chess championship in Mombasa Kenya where he put up a spirited performance scoring two thirds of the points in the 2019 Zone 4.2 chess championship.

Bibasa Bob, famously known as the beast notably drew against GM Adly Ahmed from Egypt enroute to acquiring his title. He could have pushed on since he had the advantage but the  former national champion and multiple Olympiad for Uganda chose a concious approach to secure a draw and ensure an FM title award since his biological calendar suggested otherwise, as at 43 years of age such chances should never be missed.

UCF has been eagerly awaiting the award of this title since May 2019 as a reward for great performance from Bob and return on investment from UCF, but despite several correspondences between UCF and FIDE Qualifications Commission, the title delayed to be awarded due to some irregularities including delayed submission of event details to FIDE by the event Chief Arbiter /organizer as was indicated in later correspondences received in December 2019.

Amid the Covid-19 scare, the UCF president Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel braved the route and travelled to UAE where he attended the just concluded 90th FIDE congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was during the Executive board meeting where he caused a delay in passing the Qualification Commission report as he made a solid case to FIDE demanding and challenging the delayed award of a number of titles to Uganda. It took the FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich’s intervention and request to the QC chair to look into the matter of the several pending titles for Uganda. The titles included FM title for Bibasa Bob, WIM title for Amoko Ivy and some pending conditional titles from the 2019 AISCC.

“FIDE on Friday 19th March 2020 pronounced the award of the FM title to Bibasa Bob bringing the number of FMs in Uganda to five to the joy of UCF. Bibasa is a battle hardened chess player and this earned him the name” The Beast”. He had a slight decline in performance recently, with many thinking the beast was now domesticated, but thanks to his grit all is fine now. Bibasa Bob was operated in early 2020, in india and the news should help him recover quickly as he relaxes at the family home in Luzira a surburb in Kampala, Uganda.

The FM title is a great present to Uganda and UCF wishes to congratulate him upon the great achievement and wish him a quick recovery. This will inspire several players who are associated with the chess community in Uganda. Thanks to FIDE President, QC chair, NCS the chess community and all friends who made the title award possible”, Echoed Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel the UCF president.

However on a sad note FIDE further indicated that under no condition would the WIM title be awarded to Amoko Ivy who won the ladies category at the same event as Uganda matched Egypt the continental number one. She therefore remains at the WFM title but with a record set as the first East African lady to win the Zone 4.2 chess championship ladies category. Earlier deliberations at the 90th FIDE congress in Abu Dhabi UAE indicated that the title could not be awarded because it was not a world cup qualifier for ladies and no other zone in Africa was awarded the title as well. This was quite a difficult pill to swallow given the early celebrations and delayed announcement by QC.

UCF is still pushing for the pending conditional titles from the 2019 Africa Individual schools chess championship and shall provide details to the chess fraternity as soon as FIDE reverts.

Some untitled qualified players include; Kabuye Emmanuel, Matovu George, Okas Walter and Ssentongo Edward. The players have to express interest and UCF will apply for the titles and ensure associated fees are paid.

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