Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:38
Uganda's National Chess team humbled Nairobi Chess Club by an incredible margin of 12-4 points in a friendly encounter held in Nairobi over the weekend (11-12 February 2012).
Four matches were played with Uganda thrashing the Kenyans 4-0, 4-0 and 2.5-1.5 in the first three rounds before the Kenyans rallied to salvage some pride by winning 2.5 - 1.5 in the last match. In Nairobi, the historic game was dubbed "battle for Migingo."

Vianney Luggya - UCF President receives the "Migingo Cup" from the Ugandan team,
Right to left is Arthur Ssegwanyi, Haruna Nsubuga, Bob Gilbert Bibasa and
Harold Wanyama.
Uganda's team comprised of Harold Wanyama, Bob Bibasa, Arthur Ssegwanyi and Haruna Nsubuga. In the first round match, Wanyama sacrifised a Bishop to beat Mehul Gohil, Bibasa converted a pawn advantage to win against Hinga Githnji, while Arthur Ssegwanyi beat Ben Magana and Haruna Nsubuga pulled off a surprise win against Peter Gilruth (the highest rated of them all and perhaps Kenya's most experienced).
In the last match, the Kenyans rallied to salvage some pride by beating Uganda 2.5-1.5 in a game in which Uganda's Harold Wanyama and Haruna Nsubuga lost to Peter Gilruth and Ben Magana respectively. Bibasa drew with Mehul Gohil as Ssegwanyi pulled off Uganda's only win of this match against Hinga Githinji.
While the Ugandans won on teh boards, Kenyans were the victors off the boards through putting togethere a very well organised event under good playing conditions. This was all courtesy of Nairobi Chess club which fully sponsored the trip and upkeep of Uganda's players in Nairobi.
Uganda is expected to return the favour early next year.
Uganda Chess Federation is proud of the boys for making light work of their opponents and believe that this will be helpful for both sets of players as they gear up for the Olympiad due to be held in Istambul, Turkey in August 2012. Ssegwanyi is teh only player so far confirmed on the team with the others waiting to book their places at qualifiers due in March and April 2012.
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