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:

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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

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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 

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