Monday, 15 August 2011 10:48
National Chess League perennial title contenders, Mulago Kings Chess Club upstaged early pace setters, City Chess Club to get to the top of the standings leading by half a point after beating Makindye and Aviation 4-1 and 5-0 respectively to get to 25.5 points. Kings' performances were inspired by Olympian Harold Wanyama, Grace Nsubuga, Kenneth Kakooza, Wilson Mugwanya and Deborah Katland Wanja.
On their part, second placed City Chess Club edged Mulago Knights 3-2 in a top of the table fifth round clash before hammering Mulago Queens 4.5-0.5 in the sixth round but this was not enough for them to remain on top as it put them at 25 points, a half less than Mulago Kings.
Another surprise performer is new club Uganda Chess Academy which is now in third position with 22 points after beating Barclays Bank 3.5-1.5 and Mulago Knights 4-1 in games played at Hotel Africana on Sunday 14th August 2011.
In other games, Mulago Rooks beat Mulago Pawns 3-2 and later Rooks lost to UCU Mukono in the 6th round. Enkabi beat UCU in the fifth round and drew with Makindye in the sixth round while Mengo beat Bank of Uganda 2.5-1.5 in the fifth round and lost to Barclays 0.5-4.5 in the sixth.
So far the revelation of the 2011 National Chess League is Barclays Bank's employee and former Olympian Stephen Opio who is back with a bang after a six year lull but has started off from where he stopped by drawing two crucial games including one against Uganda Chess Academy's former Olympian Emma Mwaka in the fifth round. He later on employed the French defense to mercillessly beat Mengo's Olympian Bob Bibasa and inspired his Barclays Bank teammates to a 4.5-0.5 win.

The registered players for all the participating clubs have reached a total of 177, making an unprecedented record for a Ugandan Chess event.
Details of the standings and round results can be accessed at the link http://chess-results.com/tnr53038.aspx?art=3&rd=5&lan=1 and more discussions on the event can be done on the event's Facebook page in the link below.

National Chess League 2011

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