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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 

 
Ssegwanyi takes lead in Rwabushenyi chess  E-mail
Saturday, 12 December 2015 00:00

International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi has assumed top position with two rounds to spare in the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship after beating defending champion FM Harold Wanyama in the sixth round to get to 5.5 points out of 6.

Ssegwanyi is only half a point ahead of six players who are all tying on 5 points including fellow IM Elijah Emojong who beat Aaron Kanaabi in the last round, Kenya's Ben Magana who beat Olympian Mathias Ssonko, Haruna Nsubuga who beat Abol Maluak, Simon Gonza who beat Rogers Ntambi, Rajab Kamoga and Wanyama who lost to the leader.

The narrow gap is a reflection of the level of competition in the Civil Aviation Authority sponsored event featuring 89 players in the Open category, 27 ladies and 24 children. Ssegwanyi is now scheduled to take on Kamoga Rajab in the seventh round as Emojong takes on Magana and Wanyama plays Gonza in games that have a clear bearing on determining the top positions with Trophies and Cash prizes at stake for the winners.

In the ladies category, Christine Namaganda, Goretti Angolikin and Phiona Mutesi are leading with 5 points apiece. Namaganda and Angolikin face off in the seventh round while Mutesi takes on Shakira Ampeirwe.

Details of the tournament can be found at

Open Category  Ladies Category  Children's Category 

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