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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

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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.

 

 
FIDE IO SEMINAR AND TRAINER'S SEMINAR IN KAMPALA
Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

The Uganda Chess Federation in conjunction with FIDE, is hosting two important events, an International Organisers seminary and FIDE Trainer's seminar. The events are running from 28th to 31st August 2015 at Sojovalo Hotel in Rubaga Kampala. The seminars have attracted over 30 participants from Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. This is the first time that these two types of seminars are held in East Africa and presents an opportunity for participants to acquire skills related to organising high level events as well as nurturing and developing chess talent. The seminars started with a brief opening ceremony at which several the leading local press were represented. All participants were given a pack comprising of important FIDE approved IO and FIDE Trainer course materials. At the end of the seminar, participants will undertake a test and those who pass will be awarded with a certificate of participation and will earn an IO Norm and Development or National Instructor titles respectively.

Notable among the participants are President of Burundi Chess Federation (FECHEBU) FA Deo Ntagasigumwami, Vice President of Uganda Chess Federation Olga Robinah Namwanje and Leading Kenyan players CM Ben Magana and DI Andiwo Moses.

Deo Ntagasigumwami (BDI) and Luggya Vianney (UGA)

The seminars are being conducted by FIDE Vice President Beatrice Marinello who is also chairperson of the FIDE Social Action Commission. Participants attended the seminars free of charge, a sign that FIDE is focussed on growing capacity of chess organisation and training in Africa. Beatrice also visited Social Action Commission supported projects in Gulu – Uganda from 24th to 27th August 2015. She donated a total of 20 chess sets to the Social Action Project in Gulu and Uganda Chess Federation respectively which were received by the UCF Director of Development – Katende Robert and Direct Technical – Stephen Kisuze.

 
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