Sri-Lankan Boys too good for Uganda PDF 
By Joseph Kaamu and Stephen Kisuze
Yesterday, Friday 1st October  saw the first time that flakes of snow started falling and we realised we were actually in Siberia !
And the 10th Round chess proceedings for Uganda were not too different from the weather.  For our team wins, good moves and the joy of winning have become a rare happening like the sun  in these parts, a sad way to end the tournament.
First Harold Wanyama Wanyama Haroldgot a good position see below that he blew away after his opponent played 46. ... Ke6, with enough time on the clock he simply blundered with 47. c5?.
He later agreed to a draw, knowing that in the past he has had the tendency to self-destruct. Patrick Kawuma on board 2 got into a rotten position being the exchange and pawn down. The end was going to be one way. Brother Steven was even and at one time looked to have winning ambitions. Alas, he extended himself and came down crashing ! It was left to Bob Bibasa to restore some (wounded) pride and he duly drew. So 1-3, and one 11th round to go. They take on Ethiopia, who I pray will not be as determined as their long-distance runners. The men are currently 119 out of 147. At the top, Ukraine meet France, China play Russia 1, and the US entertain Israel.
The girls also stumbled 1.5-2.5 against an island more known for their fast bowlers than chess players. Ivy Amoko lost on board 1. Grace Kigeni drew, Phiona Mutesi lost due to inexperience, but Joanita Butindo beat her opponent. They are 108 out of 115. They play fellow Africans Mozambique.
Today Saturday is a rest day. The last round is played tomorrow morning and closing ceremony is for the afternoon.

Uganda concludes their meagre exploits with relatively weaker African opposition  in Ethiopia and Mozambique for the men and women's teams respectively. A win in these two matches will largely be for pride given that we are no where near the prize bracket. Monday morning we depart for Dubai and Nairobi and we should hit Entebbe on Tuesday morning, inshallah.

On a different note Africa Chess Union (Soon to be FIDE Africa) elected a new President - Mazouz Lahkdar. Elections for other positions in the FIDE Africa board were yet to be carried out at the time of this posting.

Uganda Chess Federation Chairman Joseph Kaamu and his Vice  Stephen Kisuze in an authoritatvice pose with newly elected  FIDE Africa President Mazouz Lahkdar from Algeria.

Uganda returns to winning ways in round 9 PDF 
By Joseph Kaamu and Stephen Kisuze

The fact that we have not played wonderfully the previous two rounds meant that we got modest opposition today. First the men crushed Sao Tome and Principe 3.5-0.5 and it was Kantinti's bad luck to only draw, unlike both Kawumas and Bibasa who got full points.
The girls went even better, humiliating Ethiopia 4-0, with youthful Phiona Mutesi collecting her first scalp of the tournament. It is two rounds to go and it is at this stage that every team plays to maximise their advantage at the end.
It was also reported that FIDE president appointed his adversary as his vice, how nice it would be if this can happen in countries!

Next up for Uganda are  Sri Lanka and Barbados for the men's and women's teams respectively. The 10th round are expected to be heated given that all teams are looking toward a good finnish in their respective rating groups. Uganda's two teams are in the fifth rating group, Group E.

Uganda drew 2-2 with Libya last evening after Harold Wanyama drew with Candidate Master Mohammed Elabruin on board one, youngster Patrick Kawuma put in a spirited performance to outwit a highly rated FIDE Master Charani Ibrahim on board two.

Earlier, Bob Bibasa had fought gallantly to escape with a draw against Ben Naser Kalid after a sloppy start in which he committed an opening blunder that saw his King exposed precariously after only five moves.  Onlookers had clearly written off Bibasa's game with his King laid bare, unable to castle and Rooks trapped in opposite corners for the bigger part of the game, everyone was surprised when he finally disentangled himself from the opponents attack which had an artillery of Queen,  Bishops and Rooks in an open position.

The lowest moment for Uganda was the nature of FM Stephen Kawuma's first loss at the Olympiad at the hands of Elsabri Hussin. Kawuma had his opponent on the edge for the bigger part of the game and should at worst have drawn the game but when he sensed an opportunity to win, he went for it and instead made an error in the dying minutes. The emotions were high as he was simply unconsolable after the game, apologising to team-mates for not having accepted a draw offer when his opponent offered it (at a time when it should have secured the necessary win for the team).

Considering the nature of the loss, it is only prudent that he is fielded again in todays game against Monaco if only to hand him an opportunity to get such a loss out of the system. 

After 7 rounds, Patrick Kawuma (who is playing board two) is the surprise package has so far put up the best performances for Uganda after registering 4 wins out of the 6 games he has played so far. Elder brother Steven Kawuma has 3 points out of 5 games (including two wins, two draws and one loss), Wanyama has 3 points out of 7 games (on board one), Bibasa has 2 points out of 5 games and Kantinti (clearly off form by his standards and previous performances) has 1 point out of 5.

The team has so far secured two wins, one draw and four losses.

Ukraine is leading the Men's standings unbeaten with six wins and a draw, followed by Russia and Hungary at six wins and one loss each.

This time round the mode of scoring at the Olympiad has been changed with any win (irrespective of whether its a 4-0 or 2.5-1.5) granting the winning team 2 points and a draw 1 point, while a loss is zero, just like it used to be in foot ball back in time.

Also, teams have been lumped into various groups and Uganda is in group E where we are competing with Zambia, Kenya, Honduras, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sao Tome, Cameroon among others. We are currently lying 7th in our group at 5 points while the group leader Zambia is on 6 points.

Uganda still stands a good chance of winning the group if only the boys can get back to winning ways starting this afternoon against Monaco. There are four rounds left to the end of the Olympiad.

In today's game against Monaco, captain Stephen Kisuze has fielded Harold Wanyama on board one againstJean Francois 9rated 2238), Patrick Kawuma on board two against FM Van Hoolandt Patrick and FM Steven Kawuma on board four against Ribbergren Karl Johan.

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