OLYMPIAD - DAY 4 | Print |

Today was a day of mixed fortunes for the men and women as Chairman Joseph Kaamu writes. The sad news first. The girls ran into a Brazilian steamroller which demolished them 4-0. It is not that they did not try, it's just that there was so much difference in strength.

One of the two blocks of Olympiskaya Hotel our home from 29th September to 4th October 2010.

This hotel hosted over 1200 players at once!

The reverse was true of the men. Wanyama got his man early in a rook-and-pawn ending and never allowed him to breathe. Then Patrick Kawuma escaped being punished for a weak move, snatched the opponent's queen and that was that. Next Bibasa looked headed for a drawish game but sacrificed his bishop in exchange for a horde of pawns to add to the Surinam misery. Steven's game headed for a book rook ending draw, which would gave us 3.5 and a trip back to the big fish pond, hopefully. Neighbours Kenya ran into a determined Hong Kong team and only Peter Gilruth on board one managed a draw. The rest succumbed. And Rwanda finally won 2.5 to 1.5 over lowly Sierra Leone.

Today Thursday was warm and pleasant. And it showed in the play of our teams. The men played on board 22 in the super hall, reserved for the top 27 pairings. All our opponents were Grandmasters  rate 2500 or more, this was way above our highest  ranked Kawuma Steven 2203. First Harold Wanyama (no rating) got grandmaster Flores Diego into a tight squeeze and should have delivered the killer punch but he dilly-dallied and you don't give such a man a second chance. The Argentinian promptly made Harold pay for his casual stance.

Kantinti had an early sacrifice but he also went down in flames. Then it was Patrick Kawuma's turn to suffer at the hands of another grandmaster. Finally, England-based brother Steven got his GM opponent Valergo Diego rated 2508 and crushed him to give Uganda  a respectable 1-3 loss. Uganda now stands at 5.5 points out of a possible 12.

The girls even went better, playing Japan, makers of Toyota, Mitsubishi and Sony. Rita Nansove on board 4 dispatched her opponent in quick time. The others, Amoko Ivy, Kigeni Grace and Butindo Joan all drew to give Uganda a deserved 2.5-1.5 win !

The Ugandan Olympiad Team is set to travel for the World Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansysk - Russia.
This will be the first time Uganda sends a ladies and men's team together to a single  Olympiad.  The ladies are seriously training to make their inaugural appearance count. They comprise teenage sensation Pheona Mutesi, Nsubuga Nansove, Ivy Amoko, Joan Butindo and  Grace Kigenyi.
The men's team features the experienced trio of Kantinti Shaddrack, Bibasa Bob Gilbert and Kawuma Steven, that is complemented by new comers Kawuma Patrick and Wanyama Harold. The team can be seen in training every day at Lugogo.

Travel arrangements have been finalised in advance of the travel on 19th September 2010. The team will assemble in Lugogo 19th September 2010, before departure. They will travel from Entebbe, via Nairobi where they are likely to link  up with their Kenyan counterparts before proceeding to Dubai for the last leg of the flight.
The delegation will be lead by two officials of Uganda Chess Federation.

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