Candidate Master Title a ‘step to a long journey’, says Joshua Katumba
by Marion Malinga
Chess Warriors’ Joshua Katumba described the feel of being the new Candidate Master [CM] in the country as ‘great’, but views the title as a ‘step to a long journey.’Katumba earned the CM title after he garnered the required 4.5 points at the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships that concluded on Sunday in Ethiopia.
“It was not an easy thing because everyone in the tournament was strong,” Katumba rated 1871 said of the event.
“But I was not scared because I had studied how every strong player plays.
“It was a very wonderful experience and being my first international tournament, my performance was good. It was something new to me. It feels great being a Candidate Master, but it’s the first step to a long journey,” he said.
Katumba’s achievement at his maiden appearance the Zonal Championships means Uganda now has three Candidate Masters, the other two being former national team coach Bob Bibasa and Daniel Bagaade, and with him included, the country now has twelve titled players who are active.
The players include the aforementioned three CMs, Arthur Ssegwanyi and Elijah Emojong [International Masters], Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga [Fide Masters] and in the ladies section, Ivy Clare Amoko, Grace Kigeni, Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda [Woman Fide Masters] and ‘Queen of Katwe’ Phionah Mutesi with Woman Candidate Master title.