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.

Monday, 06 September 2010 00:00

Mulago Kings Chess Club closed in on the top division national chess league title after hammering title rivals Enkabi Chess Club 4-1 on Sunday 5th September 2010. In other games, Makerere University beat Uganda Christian University 4-1, Mulago Knights outwitted Mulago Rooks by the same margin as Mengo beat Aviation Chess Club 3-2. Elsewhere, Kireka Chess Club beat bottom placed Kampala Club 5-0. In the Mulago Kings - Enkabi Chess Club game, Kings' Harold Wanyama, Patrick Kawuma, Kenneth Kakooza and Grace Nsubuga beat Enkabi's Emma Otella, Elija Emojong, Francis Obita and Muke Bright respectively. Kamede Esther rescued Enkabi's solitary point.

Club Games Played To be Played Points
Mulago Kings 12 0 45
Enkabi Chess Club 11 1 38.5
Makerere University 11 1 37.5
Mulago Knights 12 0 32.5
Kireka Chess Club 10 2 29
Mulago Rooks 11 1 23
UCU- Knights 11 1 18
Mengo Chess Club 11 1 18
Aviation Chess Club 10 2 16.5
Kampala Club 5 7 2.5
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