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.

Wanyama and Nansubuga win Rwabushenyi Memorial
Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Final Results: Open Category Ladies Category Under 15 Category

FM Harold Wanyama's great start of 7 wins in the first 7 rounds enabled him to win the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship that ended on Sunday 18 January 2015 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga, Kampala. For his exploits, the winner walked off with a prestigious trophy and a cash prize of one million two hundred thousand shillings from event sponsors, Civil Aviation Authority.

Wanyama set the pace from round one and put himself in total control to the extent that his only loss in the eighth round to third placed Haruna Nsubuga did not deter him from winning the event with a better tie break. Such was the high level of competition in the event to the extent that three players tied on 7 points at the top, the other being IM Elijah Emojong, who finished in second position on tie break and walked off with shillings 600,0000/- and a trophy. Third placed Nsubuga won himself 300,000/- and a trophy too.
To win the event, Wanyama beat Makumbi Deo, Muluya Sadati, Elijah Emojong, Mukasa Patrick, Lubega Solomon, Ssali Julius and Farouk Fauza. His only loss was to Haruna Nsubuga.
Nsubuga's tie break could have been affected by having had a bye in one of the rounds against Ssegwanyi and an early loss to inferior opposition.
Cash prizes were given out up to the eight in the Open category. The other prize winners were Solomon Lubega in fourth position with 6.5 points, Emmanuel Mwaka in fifth position with 6 points, Daniel Bagaadde with 6 points in seventh and ex Olympian Shadrack Kantinti with 6 points in eighth position. Branded T-shirts were also given out to the players. A total of 161 players participated in the FIDE rated event.
The ladies category was won by 13 year old Gloria Nansubuga. This is her first major victory at the highest level. She finished with 7 points out of a possible 8 and walked off with a cash prize of 700,000/- and a trophy. On her way to victory, she beat WFM Ivy Amoko, Robina Namwanje, Esther Nakitende, Jacinta Nantume, Joan Nakimuli, Rhoda Namuswe and Olympian Goretti Angolikin. She only lost to WCM Phiona Mutesi.
In second position was Ivy Amoko and Phiona Mutesi finished in third position.


The Under 15 Boys Category was won by Wilson Serunjogi followed by John Kyobe and Abbey Mukiibi. The three got trophies for their exploits.
The Under 15 Girls Category was won by Grace Musisiwaza with 5 points, in second position was Gloria Nakiwala with 4.5 points as Lydia Nakato finished in third position. The three walked off with trophies.
Six trophies were given out in the under 15 years age category and another six in the under 10 years age category.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00


Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sponsored the Uganda Chess Federation organized Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship to the tune of eleven million three hundred thousand shillings (11,300,000/=) for the 5th time running. The highly competitive Championship is to be held from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th January 2015 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga.

CAA is supporting 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. "The sponsorship is in line with CAA’s corporate social responsibility objective of giving back to the community in support of noble social and economic development activities. Chess being a challenging brain game is one of those activities that contribute towards positive development of the mental faculties of young people," said CAA’s Manager Public Affairs, Ignie Igunduura after handing over a dummy cheque of 11.3 million shillings to the Federation in Entebbe. He further hailed the late for having done a lot for the development of chess and aviation in Uganda.

On his part, UCF’s General Secretary, Christopher Turyahabwe expressed gratitude for the support from CAA and said "it is the biggest sponsorship for a Chess tournament in the history of the Federation and we shall put the money to good use by presenting a quality event, in line with FIDE standards and conditions." "About 200 chess players including Kenyans and Somali’s are expected to participate in the event that is already registered with FIDE for international rating. This will help players to improve on their ratings and those without ratings to acquire international ratings."


Turyahabwe added. Cash prizes and trophies are to be given out to the winners in the various categories (Open, Ladies, Under 15 years and Under 10 years) and all the players will get branded Polo T-shirts.

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