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.


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.

2015 Zone 4.2 ends with several winners
Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00
While the just ended Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship Open winner, IM elect Arthur Ssegwanyi was the biggest beneficiary from the event, there were many individual winners who attained titles, hefty cash prizes and others gained rating points and invaluable international tournament experience. It was therefore not a case of winner takes it all at City Oil, Kiira Road as the event climaxed on Saturday 25th April 2015.

Ssegwanyi reciving the top prize (1000Euros, Trophy and a brand new mountain bicycle) from Al Hajji Omar Mandela
Ssegwanyi is now already warming up to the mouth-watering trip to the 2015 World Chess Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan later this year as one of five African representatives. The others being the winners of the Zone 4.1, Zone 4.3, Zone 4.4 and the winner of the upcoming Africa Individual Chess Championship to be held in Cairo, Egypt at the beginning of May.

In the Zone 4.2 Chess Championship, Ssegwanyi won six games and drew three to snatch a prestigious winners' trophy, top cash prize of 1000 Euros and a brand new mountain bike unbeaten in nine gruelling rounds. He beat Uganda's Daniel Baagadde, Raphael Buti and CM Patrick Kawuma in the first three rounds before defeating Egyptian International Master Hesham Abdelrahman in the fourth round. He then played out a long and tiresome draw with Ugandan International Master Elijah Emojong in the fifth before returning in the sixth round with all guns blazing to inflict defeat on Uganda’s FIDE Master Harold Wanyama. He then tactfully drew with Egyptian Grandmaster El Gindy Essam in a well played seventh round game. The eighth round was simply decisive as he beat Ethiopia’s Tadese Estube Haileselassie to win the event with a round to spare due Hesham Abdelrahman's loss to Haruna Nsubuga. While his last and ninth round was more of a formality (as no player could dislodge him from the top at that point), he still played with vigour looking for a win against Ethiopia’s Mesfin Leykun but the opponent played well and forced him into a draw.

While Ssegwanyi was the biggest winner, a total of seven players in the Open and six in the ladies categories are on the verge of getting titles. The players include Uganda's CM Patrick Kawuma who is upgrading to FIDE Master status, Uganda's Raphael Buti (FIDE Master), Ethiopia's Mesfin Leykun (Candidate Master), Kenya's Ken Omolo (Candidate Master), Tanzania's Yusuf Mdoe (Candidate Master) and Uganda’s Daniel Baagadde (Candidate Master). The ladies include Egypt's Tasneem Ehab (WIM), Uganda’s Grace Kigeni (WFM), Egypt’s Eman Elansary (WFM), Uganda's Goretti Angolikin (WCM), Ethiopia's Ruth Eshete (WCM) and Uganda's Christine Namaganda (WCM).

Among all these, Buti was the unsung hero (Daily Monitor: Chess: Buti happy to beat Egyptian Grandmaster). He not only conquered Egyptian Grandmaster El Gindy Essam at his first time of asking in a major international event but also finished with 6 out of 9 points, a score that grants him the much coveted FIDE Master title. Wanyama, who had a slow start and played way below his full potential eventually came good in the final round when he became the second Ugandan to beat Grandmaster El Gindy in the same event.

CM Haruna Nsubuga should count himself as the most unfortunate player in this zonal. While he finished in joint fifth position with GM Essam, IM Emojong and Ethiopia's Mesfin Leykun and picked up a share of the cash prize, he missed out on attaining the valuable FIDE Master title owing to an immature decision during his last game against Kenya's Ken Omolo. During that game, which Uganda's Nsubuga lost, the Kenyan player offered the Ugandan a draw but Haruna opted to play for a win, only to lose the game yet a draw would have propelled him to 6 points out of 9 and granted him a FIDE Master title! No amount of cash prize can compensate for a title. Losing such a chance of attaining it on home soil implies need to pay much more to travel to overseas events for a shot at gaining the title.
A total of 4500 Euros was given out to the winners in the Open and Ladies categories. 7 countries participated in the event and the top ten out of 22 participants in the Open were as follows:
FM Arthur Ssegwanyi (UGA)       7.5 points
IM Hesham Abdlrahman (EGY)  6.5 points
CM Patrick Kawuma (UGA)          6.5 points
Raphael Buti (UGA)                         6 points
GM El Gindy Essam (EGY)             5.5 points
IM Elijah Emojong (UGA)              5.5 points
Mesfin Leykun (ETH)                      5.5 points
CM Haruna Nsubuga (UGA)        5.5 points
Kenneth Omolo (KEN)                   5 points
FM Harold Wanyama (UGA)        5 points
The ladies category was won by Egypt's WCM Ehab Tasneem who is now destined to become a Woman International Master. She picked up a near perfect score of 8 points out of 9. She was followed by Uganda's Grace Kigeni with 7 points, a performance that grants her a Woman FIDE Master title.

Early pace setter, WFM Ivy Amoko took the trophy for third place with 6.5 points, the same number of points with Egypt's WCM Eman Elansary. Elansary will upgrade to WFM status. The other beneficiaries in terms of titles are Uganda's Goretti Angolikin (WCM), Ehtiopia's Eshete Ruth Leykun (WCM) and Uganda's Christine Namaganda (WCM title).

Honourable Minister of Sports Charles Bakabulindi, Secretary General Jasper Aligawesa, UCF President Vianney Luggya, sector Arbiter Rehema Khimulu pose with the Uganda Delegation at the opening ceremony.

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