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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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NSUBUGA, WANYAMA LEAD RWABUSHENYI MEMORIAL
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Perennial contenders FM Harold Wanyama and his board nemesis Haruna Nsubuga are unbeaten after four rounds and enjoying a joint lead in the Open category of the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship that is raging on at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The first four rounds were played on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2015 while the last four are due to be played on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December 2015.

A number of mouth watering fifth round encounters are awaited including the duel between Nsubuga H (white) and Wanyama (black), IM Arthur Ssegwanyi versus Grace Nsubuga and Joel Wegoye versus IM Elijah Emojong. Wegoye is a calm and collected player who has been off the scene for some time but is back with a bang and his quality showed in previous rounds as he outwitted experienced players in ex Olympian Shadrack Kantinti and Ali Kikoyo before getting a draw against Olympian Mathias Ssonko to get to 3.5 points out of 4.

A number of upsets have already been registered. Pre-tourney favourite and the highest rated player in the event, IM Ssegwanyi was held by Solomon Lubega in the first round, Emojong has already drawn twice against less fancied opposition in Charles Luwemba and Edgar Ntende while Kenya's Ben Magana suffered a first round loss at the hands of Brian Mugabi. Magana has since recovered by winning the next three games in a row to get himself back into contetion for the top positions.

The event is also doubling as the first phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers for Ugandan players with the top 30 male participants from this event due to be selected to proceed to the second phase of the Qualifiers due to be held next year. In the ladies category, the top 12 will proceed to the next and last phase of their qualifiers. In the ladies category, Christine Namaganda and Phiona Mutesi are cruising with maximum points after 4 rounds and are poised to take on each other in the fifth round.

Civil Aviation Authority is sponsoring the biggest local event on the Uganda Chess Federation calendar in memory of the Authority’s former Director Airports, the late Cyril Rwabushenyi who was also a long serving Chairman and one of the founder members of the Uganda Chess Federation. CAA is supporting this year's event as part of celebration of the international Aviation Week, which is commemorated every year between 1-7 December. Details of the tournament can be found at

Open Category  Ladies Category  Children's Category 

 
CAA SPONSORS RWABUSHENYI MEMORIAL 2015 PDF 
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has once again come to the aid of Uganda Chess Federation by funding the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship to the tune of ten million six hundred thousand shillings (10,600,000/=) for the 6th time running. The highly competitive Championship is to be held over two consecutive weekends from Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th December 2015 at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

The event is also doubling as the first phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers for Ugandan players where the top 30 male participants from this event will  proceed to the second phase of the Qualifiers due to be held next year. The number of ladies proceeding to the next phase will depend on the total number of ladies registered but will be communicated to the players before the start of the event.

CAA is supporting this biggest local event on the Uganda Chess Federation calendar in memory of the Authority’s former Director Airports, the late Cyril Rwabushenyi who was also a long serving Chairman and one of the founder members of the Uganda Chess Federation.

UCF's Vice President, Robinah Namwanje expressed gratitude for the support from CAA which was confirmed this week and said "the organization had consistently demonstrated loyalty in supporting the sport in memory of the late Rwabushenyi who did a lot for Chess and aviation in Uganda". She promised that the Federation would put the sponsorship package to good use by presenting a quality event in line with FIDE standards and conditions.

About 200 chess players including school children in holidays are expected to participate in the event that is going to be FIDE rated in the Open and Ladies Categories. "This will help players to improve on their ratings and those without ratings to acquire international ratings", Namwanje added.

Cash prizes and trophies are to be given out to the winners in the various categories and all the players will get branded Polo T-shirts. The top cash prize in the Open category is one million Uganda shillings (1,000,000/=) and there are up to 5 prizes in the Open and 5 in the ladies categories with the total ammount to be given out in cash prizes totalling three million four hundred fifty thousand shillings. The rest of the sponsorship package will cater for venue costs, Trophies, print of branded Polo T-shirts, FIDE rating fees, logistical and administrative costs.

The deadline for registration for participation in the event is on the event eve, Friday 4th December 2015. The registration fee is 10,000/= per player and this can be done by mobile money with Mukalazi V. on 0702188590 or 0773748330.

The sponsors, CAA are delighted to have the event being part of the Aviation Week activities. The Intenational Civil Aviation Week is globally celebrated every year from 1st  - 7th December.

 

 
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