Ugandans off to a great start in Zone 4.2 Africa Chess

Ugandan chess players were off to a great start in the first round of the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship played in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this afternoon (Saturday 23 April 2016). The biggest result was in the ladies category where Shakira Ampaire (1344) who is playing in her first international event forced a draw against Egypt's much higher rated WFM Eman Elansary (1924).


It was a walk in the park for the other two Ugandan lady representatives WFM Christine Namaganda and WFM Goretti Angolikin who dismissed their unrated Tanzanian opponents Fena Gwamwamba and Anawa Martha Fredy, respectively in record time.


In the second round, Namaganda will be in the lion's den against Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook while Angolikin takes on Kenya's WCM Sha Riya (1515) as Ampaire plays Ethiopia's Girmay Feven Gebremeskel (1477).

In the men's category, the two Ugandan representatives FM Harold Wanyama and CM Haruna Nsubuga registered routine wins against Burundi's Ezra Paul Chambers (1766) and Rwanda's Valentin Rukimbira (1658) respectively.

The Ugandans are now up against more formidable opposition as Wanyama takes on Ethiopia's Habtom Gebremedhin (1794) and Nsubuga against Tanzania's Nurdin Hassuji (1804) in the second round to be played on Sunday 24 April 2016.

In other games, Kenya's little known Joseph Ngooro Maigua (rated 1792) rose to the occasion and delivered the day's upset by drawing with Egypt's pre event favorite IM Ali Farahat (2413) in the first round.

A total of 38 players from 12 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda are participating in the event.

Details of the event can be found at Open and Ladies on Chess-Results.com

Meanwhile in other African Chess news, the Zone 4.3 kicks off tomorrow and Uganda's own IA, Kisuze Stephen will be officiating as the Chief Arbiter. He is being deputised by FA, Paras Gudka of Kenya.
Ssegwanyi breaks Naimanye's 20 year rating record

International Master (IM) Arthur Ssegwanyi has attained an international rating of 2365 as per the April 2016 FIDE rating list, the highest in East Africa, thereby beating the over 20 years record set by legendary FIDE Master Andrew Naimanye of a rating of 2360.

Ssegwanyi, who became Uganda's second International Master in 2015 after winning the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship in Kampala has done well in recent rated tournaments including the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship and final phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers, which enabled him to garner more rating points to hit the East African summit.
Naimanye, a FIDE Master, PH.D. holder in Engineering from the University of Leeds and Manager at the Uganda Road Fund, has for over 20 years enjoyed the record for the highest chess rating in the region. He played his best Chess as a teenager and put in spectacular displays at the Africa Junior and Africa Individual Chess Championships. He also featured for Uganda on board one at the 1992 World Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines. He owes a lot of his current success to the discipline that chess inculcated in him at an early age.
As a national team player who is due to represent the country at the Africa Individual Chess Championship in June and World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2016, Ssegwanyi has the world on his feet and is certainly still rising.
His consistency and discipline on the board presents him as Uganda's best prospect for a maiden Grandmaster title.
Kawuma Open winners set for zonal

While FM Harold Wanyama and WFM Ivy Amoko were the overall winners in the Open and Ladies categories of the just concluded 2016 Kawuma Open Championship that run over the Easter weekend from 25th to 28th  March 2016, it wasn't a case of winner takes it all.

Besides the cash prizes that the winners walked away with courtesy of sponsors (Prof. Medi Kawuma and family), the respective top five in the Open and Ladies categories earned rights to represent Uganda at the upcoming Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 22nd April to 1st May 2016.

The overall winners FM Harold Wanyama and WFM Ivy Amoko certainly have the lion's share as they would be entitled to free accommodation (full board) courtesy of the hosts throughout the duration of the event. The other four players in each category will have accomodation and upkeep costs to contend with. The official invitation from the hosts indicates the figure as 60 Euros per day covering all the three meals and accomodation.

The other qualified players for the zonal include CM Haruna Nsubuga, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Patrick Kawuma and CM Bob Bibasa (men). While besides WFM Ivy Amoko, the other ladies include WCM Phiona Mutesi, Joyce Kabengano, WFM Christine Namaganda and WFM Goretti Angolikin.

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