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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Annual General Meeting - Notice
Monday, 09 March 2015 00:00

Notice of Annual General Meeting

This is to bring to your notice the upcoming Annual General Meeting for the year 2015. The meeting shall take place on 23rd May 2015 at Lugogo MTN Arena starting at 10am promptly.

The proposed agenda is as shown below;

  1. Prayer
  2. Communication from the chair
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM
  4. Treasurer's report
  5. President's report
  6. Matters arising from 3,4 and 5 hence adoption of the reports
  7. AOB

Members please feel free to let me know of any other issue that could be incorporated not later than 23rd April 2015.


FA, FI Christopher Turyahabwe,

General Secretary

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00


Following a section of misleading reports in the media entailing distortions of facts, quoting complaints from Haruna Nsubuga, who finished third in the just ended Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship and alleging that it is a “change of rules” that cost him first place after tying on the same number of points with the deserved winner - FM Harold Wanyama, Uganda Chess Federation has deemed it prudent to clarify the situation and clear the air.

The pairing system used for the event was Swiss Manager, an official pairing programme recommended by FIDE (the world’s chess governing body) for use at international events of this nature. The programme follows scientifically proven methods to rank players who complete an event at the same number of points to determine winners based on performance. It normally puts into consideration the following factors (none of which is looked at in isolation): Direct encounter, the greater number of wins, the greater number of games with Black, AROC, Buchholz Cut 1, Buchholz, Sonneborn-Berger.

Once the tournament Arbiter enters the results, the programme sorts them based on the above parameters and ranks the players. The Arbiter cannot manipulate the programme as it does not operate manually. Therefore allegations that a change of tie break rules affected the final ranking are farfetched and can not apply. The truth is that the programme actually considered the ‘direct encounter’ between Nsubuga and Wanyama (which the later lost) but ranked Nsubuga lower in the final standings because he had a ‘bye’ (un played game against Arthur Ssegwanyi), which is recorded as a forfeit and scores much lower than an actually played game.

The unplayed game that Nsubuga registered implies that out of the scheduled 8 games, Wanyama had a score of 7 points out of 8 played games while the other two contenders Nsubuga and IM Elijah Emojong both had 6 points out of 7 played games. Nsubuga and Emojong both had walkovers against John Kikonyogo and Ssegwanyi respectively. In actual standings, they only raised 7 points, same as the winner (Wanyama) because of the additional point from the ‘bye’ (un played game). All possible tie breaks rank a player with an unplayed game lower than one who has played all the games. The fact that Nsubuga’s loss came in as early as the second round against weaker opposition also makes his tie break inferior to Wanyama who lost in the last round against stronger opposition.

The Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship Arbiters therefore did not change any rules as alleged and insinuated but acted within the parameters of FIDE rules and awarded the deserved winner based on the Swiss Manager programme’s calculations, which they do not have ability to manipulate as insinuated by the complainant. While Nsubuga beat the eventual winner in the last round, it was unfortunately not enough for him to win the crown based on the other results especially the point he registered from an unplayed game.

Robert Katende, the Chief Arbiter of the event is a very highly professional FIDE Arbiter that has arbitrated at even higher levels (including the World Youth Chess Championships and Africa Junior Chess Championships) with an impeccable reputation in running other businesses while displaying a high level of integrity. This is a reputation he has built over years. IM Elijah Emojong, who also had 7 points and finished second has played in many international tournaments and is familiar with the tie break systems. It is no wonder that he had no qualms with the final ranking.

Organizers of this event put in a lot of effort to pull it off and are therefore extremely disappointed by reckless insinuations of this nature.

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