Friday, 15 July 2011 08:01

By Christopher Turyahabwe

A total of 16 chess clubs including three debutantes Makindye Chess Club, Uganda Chess Academy and City Chess Clubs are bracing for action in the national chess league which gets underway with two rounds on Sunday 17th July 2011 at Hotel Africana.

The 2011 national chess league is being played under a new format in one central location for all clubs, implying that there will be a total of 80 players under one roof as opposed to the home and away system that was employed in the last four years.

Favourites, Mulago Kings who have the bulk of national team players including Harold Wanyama, Patrick Kawuma and former Olympians Grace Nsubuga and Kenneth Kakooza are up against Mulago Pawns in the first round. New comers Makindye Chess Clubs entertain fellow debutantes City Chess Club while Bank Of Uganda takes on Mulago Queens, a predominantly ladies team comprising of the national ladies team squad.

City Chess Club is likely to cause a stir as they boast of a formidable squad comprising of national junior champion, Haruna Nsubuga, Daniel Bagadde, Innocent Kimera, Rajab Kamoga and former Rwabushenyi Memorial Champion Christine Namaganda.

In other first round games, Aviation Chess Club plays Makerere University, UCU Mukono is expected to give a rude welcomoe to first timers Uganda Chess Academy while Enkabi Chess Club takes on Kireka Chess Club. Elsewhere Mulago Rooks plays against Mengo Chess Club.

Two rounds will be played every playing day with the first round game on Sunday 17th July 2011 commencing at 10:00 am while the second round will start at 3:00 pm.

As in previous years, each team will field a total of five players with a lady player on Board five. The first four Boards can feature either men or ladies.

Pairings, cross tables, teams, results and other League details may be accessed online from  http://chess-results.com/tnr53038.aspx?lan+1

FIDE Arbiter, Stephen Kisuze will be in charge of the event.

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