Katolege becomes UCF top executive

By William Muwonge , The New Vision

GERALD Katolege is the new chairman of Uganda Chess Federation (UCF).

Katolege, also the chairman of former champions Kireka chess club, beat Enoch Barumba by seven votes at the federation’s elections in Kampala at the weekend.

The new chief of chess’ governing body, earned 25 votes against 18 for Barumba who served a two-year term.

Katolege, beginning a fresh two-year era, is deputised by Chris Bakiza. The new publicity secretary is Vianney Luggya, who served in the same capacity over three years ago.

Godfrey Gali bounced back as secretary while John Kikonyogo returned as treasurer.

Joe Kaamu kept his role as national coach at the polls that drew 17 clubs.

Luggya said the new chairman will formally begin work after a hand-over ceremony in Kampala soon.
The executives’ immediate task is to prepare a team for the chess Olympiad due in Italy next year.

Already, 12 top guns have advanced to the third and final phase of the UCF qualifiers set for January.

The top six will make the team for the Olympiad in May.
The full line-up: G. Katolege (chairman), C. Bakiza (v. chairman), G. Gali (sect), J. Kikonyogo (treasurer), V. Luggya (publicity sect), J. Kaamu (national coach), T. Magezi (tourney director), C. Kalule and J. Oyese (youth representatives).

Kawuma strikes like lightening in Ugandan Rapid Championship!! PDF 
William Muwonge, "Kawuma is Rapid Champ," New Vision, 20 May 2002,  (Kampala, Uganda). STEPHEN Kawuma again proved to be master of the short games by winning his second Rapid Chess Open this season. The former junior champion outwitted Steven Kisuze 1-0 in a blitz game decider after the first game ended 1-1 at Kyambogo. The finalists were in good from before Kawuma's tactics prevailed. Kawuma, 22, one the the rising stars of Ugandan chess, went a step better having won the New Year Rapid Open in January. The Makerere University civil engineering student, earned sh50,000 for his win while Kisuze got sh30,000. Kawuma beat veteran Joachim Okoth while Kisuze defeated Grace Nsubuga in the semi finals. National coach Neils Lauritsen from Denmark sponsored the competition that attracted local chess' top 24 players.
Kawuma Leads Pack At NRM Day Tourney PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Douglas Mazune - New Vision   
Friday, 26 January 2001 00:00

National junior champion Stephen Kawuma who retained his title last weekend will be out to stretch his winning streak in the NRM Anniversary chess championship that starts this afternoon.

Kawuma, who was recently crowned USPA's player of the year, will take on a host of fellow Olympians in the battle for the sh0.1m top cash prize.

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