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Ntende leads top 12 to last phase of Olympiad Qualifiers
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:58

Youthful sensation Edgar Ntende maintained his blistering form in the last two rounds of the Olympiad Qualifiers that ended at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga on Saturday 30 January 2016 by drawing with Richard Kato and CM Daniel Baagadde in the last two rounds to maintain an unbeaten record and half point lead at the top of the final standings. He finished with 6 points out of a possible 8.

Ntende had earlier on caused a stir in the early rounds by beating FM Harold Wanyama, Farouk Fauza, CM Bob Bibasa and drawing with FM Patrick Kawuma and a highly rated Walter Okas, which results helped him to consistently lead the event from beginning to end. The reward for him is a much coveted place in the last and final phase of the Olympiad and Africa Individual Qualifiers. The top 12 from this event will engage each other in a round robin commencing on 6 February 2016 to determine the top 5 to form the national team.
Walter Okas was the other outstanding performer in the second phase and finished in second position unbeaten with 5.5 points. He tied at the same number of points with Olympian Kawuma, Richard Kato (another youngster who impressed by punching above his weight) and Dan Baagadde.

The other players who made it to the last phase include Wanyama, Kamoga Rajab, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (who had to dig deep to recover from a slow start), Farouk Fauza, Emmanuel Mwaka, Simon Gonza and Bob Bibasa. Notable absentees out of the top 12 include ex Olympians Mathias Ssonko, Shadrack Kantinti and perennial contender CM Haruna

Nsubuga who finished with 4, 4 and 3.5 points respectively. Such was the intensity and strength of the play over the grueling 8 rounds that players of such calibre couldn't score more than 50 percent.
Solomon Lubega and Benjamin Mukumbya also failed to make the grade. Mukumbya had earlier on shown flashes of brilliance by drawing with Ssegwanyi and beating Haruna Nsubuga among others only to crumple under unfamiliar pressure in the last two rounds against seemingly manageable opponents.

The pairing for the round robin (last phase) for men and ladies is already out and can be accessed on the link http://www.chess-results.com/tnr205845.aspx?lan=1&art=2&wi=821 And for ladies on http://www.chess-results.com/tnr205846.aspx?lan=1&art=2&wi=821
 
Uganda to host 2016 Africa Individual Chess Championship

Uganda Chess Federation unveiled its 2016 calendar before the media on Friday 15th January 2016 in the presence of National Council of Sports official, Mr. David Katende. The key highlight in the calendar is Uganda's hosting of the Africa Individual Chess Championship from 20 to 30 May 2016 in Kampala.

 

As hosts, Uganda will be able to feature at least 4 men in the Open and 4 ladies in the ladies categories. In the event of an odd number in the total number of participants, the hosts have the right to field an additional player. The hosts will also be required to provide free board and lodging for one player from each visiting country in each of the categories. Other countries can field a maximum of three players in each category.

The Federation also launched a fundraising drive for raising funds to host the event. UCF officials told the media that 2016 was going to be a very busy year since the national team would also be participating in the World Chess Olympiad due to be played in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2016.

The first phase of the Qualifiers for the Olympiad has already been held. The first event on the 2016 calendar is the second phase of the Qualifiers (for men) scheduled to commence on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel. It will run over 8 days, the others being Sunday 24th, Tuesday 26th ( Public Holiday) and end on Saturday 30th January 2016. The third and last phase of the Qualifiers will be held in February 2016 for the team to be determined early enough. The first 4 players on the national team are the ones to represent the country at the Africa Individual Chess Championship, which will help them to warm up for the Olympiad.
 
Ssegwanyi wins Rwabushenyi Memorial 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015 21:13

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi showed why he is the top rated player in East Africa and won the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship unbeaten with 7.5 points out of a possible 8 after beating Kenya's CM Ben Magana in the last round on Sunday 13th December 2015 at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The winner scooped the top prize of one million shillings courtesy of sponsors Civil Aviation Authority who injected ten million six hundred thousand in the event.

He was followed by FM Harold Wanyama with 6.5 points in clear second. IM Elijah Emojong tied in third position along with six others including Ben Magana, Grace Nsubuga, Rajab Kamoga, Bob Bibasa, Simon Gonza, Morris Sangalo and Walter Okas (all with 6 points each).
The ladies category was won by Olympian Phiona Mutesi with 7 points after tying with Gloria Nansubuga whom she beat with a better tie break. In third position was Namaganda Christine followed by Goretti Angolikin.

The event also doubled as the National Championship for 2015 and the first qualifying phase of the World Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku - Azerbaijan in 2016 and Africa Individual Chess Championship 2016 to be hosted in Kampala. The top 30 Ugandan participants will form the second phase to be held in January 2016.

Details of the final ranking cross tables of the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship of 2015 can be found by clicking on the links below:

Open Category  Ladies Category  Children's Category 

 
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