Emojong wins Kawuma Open
Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

International Master Elijah Emojong has proved to the doubting 'Thomases' that he is still a major force to reckon with by winning the Kawuma Open Chess Championship in clear first position (unbeaten) with 6.5 points out of a possible 7.

in second position was FM Harold Wanyama with 6 points as CM Patrick Kawuma followed in third position with 6 points as well and so was Walter Okas who was only relegated to fourth position owing to an inferior tie break.
Okas was one of the outstanding players as he came from behind to win all the games he played after missing the first round.

Kenya's Moses Andiwoh finished in tenth position with 5 points as the other Kenyan at the event Givan Amunga finished in fourteenth position with 5 points as well.
To win the event, Emojong beat Lwebuga Ronald, Solomon Lubega, Ayebazibwe Emmanuel, Daniel Bagadde, Harold Wanyama, Bob Bibasa and drew with Arthur Ssegwanyi. He scooped the top prize of 1 million Uganda shillings and a trophy.
Ssegwanyi who was one of the early pace setter crumpled in the last round at the hands of his nemesis Wanyama and ended up in fifth position with 5.5 points.
The ladies category was won by Stella Babirye with 6.5 points out of 7. She was followed by WCM Phiona Mutesi with 6.5 points too and Olympian Grace Kigeni in third position with 5 points.
The ladies' winner Babirye is fresh from the Africa Junior Chess Championship in Saurimo, Angola from where she attained her first international rating. That international exposure and experience was timely for her and will certainly go a long way in shaping her future style of play.
The Under 15 Boys category was won by Wilson Serunjogi with a maximum 7 out of 7 points followed by Denis Mukule with 5.5 points and Sharif Senabulya with 5 points.
The Under 15 Girls was won by Lydia Nakato with 4 points followed by Angel Naluggya with 3 points. Joshua Ssemanda won the boys Under 10 years age category with 4 points.

A record total of 149 participants took part in the maiden event on Uganda Chess Federation's busy 2015 Calendar.

Haruna Nsubuga attains FM title
Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Uganda's Haruna Nsubuga was the biggest winner at the just concluded Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship after winning his last game on the final day to get to 4.5 points out of 9, a 50 percent score, the mandatory requirement for a FIDE Master title. No other player from all the participating six countries attained a title.

The event was won by Egyptian Grandmaster Amin Bassem with 8.5 points who qualified for the 2015 African Grand Prix and scooped 1000 Euros and a prestigious trophy.
To get to 4.5 points, Nsubuga beat Egypt's Hatem Eldesoky, Burundi's Wilfried Ntamatungiro, Tanzania's Mlawa Hemed and Rwanda's Ruteremara Thetime and drew with Egypt's Amin Ashiraf. He lost to IM Abdulrazik Khaled, IM Ezat Mohammed, GM Amin Bassem and Kenya's Moses Andiwoh. The loss to Kenya's less fancied Andiwoh in one of the early rounds perhaps acted as a timely wake up call for Nsubuga to up his game and finish on a high.
The event winner automatically attains an International Master title but since it was won by a Grandmaster that award became non applicable. As it was, Nsubuga who was the only non titled player to score 4.5 points or more became the only title beneficiary out of the 12 players who took part in the Open category.
Nsubuga now becomes Uganda's seventh FIDE Master in addition to FMs Harold Wanyama, Andrew Naimanye, Stephen Kisuze, Arthur Ssegwanyi, Moses Kawuma and Stephen Kawuma. The other titled Ugandan players include IM Elijah Emojong (the only IM in East Africa), CM Patrick Kawuma and CM Bob Bibasa. The titled ladies are WFM Ivy Amoko and WCM Phiona Mutesi.
Overall, Nsubuga finished in sixth position. Rwanda's Ruteremara finished ninth with 2 points, so did Kenya's Andiwoh in tenth and Tanzania's Mlawa in eleventh while Burundi's Ntamatungiro finished in twelvth position.
The ladies category was won by Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook with 6.5 out of 7. In second position was Shahenda Wafa with 6 points and third was Mohames Enas. Uganda's Joyce Kabengano, who was making a debut at such an event was given a rude welcome to the big stage as she finished with one point.
Egypt's Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi and Zone 4.2 President, Vianney Luggya handed over the prizes and trophies to the winners at the closing ceremony held at Indiana Hotel in Cairo on Saturday 29 November 2014.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Zonal President hailed the Africa Chess Confederation (ACC) leadership for ensuring that this year's zonal had the biggest number of participants in recent years with a total of 6 countries (including Rwanda and Kenya which have for long not featured in the zonal) participating in the event. The ACC, upon request from the zonal President, catered for air ticket costs for players from Rwanda and Kenya.
Luggya expressed optimism that next year's Zone 4.2 Chess Championship which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in April 2015 will even attract more countries and players. As next year's hosts, Uganda will have an opportunity to field at least five players in the event.
The winner of the 2015 zonal will automatically qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
Nsubuga Haruna and Kabengano Joyce off to Zonal

Uganda's two representatives in this year's Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship; Haruna Nsubuga and Joyce Kabengano have departed for Cairo, Egypt aboard Egypt Air and were scheduled to arrive on the morning of Friday 21 November 2014 in time for the event whose 9 round games commence on 22 November 2014.
This is the third consecutive time that Uganda participates in a zonal Chess Championship. The country has previously been represented at the events by IM Elijah Emojong, Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda. Emojong attained his IM title from last year's zonal which was also held in Egypt after emerging second and registering a score above the required 66.6 percent for such a title.
In the male category, Nsubuga will be up against one Egyptian Grandmaster in Amin Bassem (2623), four other Egyptian IMs including Ezat Mohammed (2465), Abdel Razik Khaled (2451), Hesham Abdelrahman (2352) and Sarwat Walwa (2357). There are also players from Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. Players from Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda will be making debuts at this event.
Kenya's male representative is fast rising Moses Andiwoh who is no stranger to Haruna as the former has featured in some events in Uganda.
Nsubuga, rated 2141 will be raring to go and itching to put in a result that will grant him a title out of the event. A minimum of a 50 percent score, which is at least 4.5 points out of 9 would grant him the much coveted FIDE Master title.
Kabengano will mainly be up against Egyptian opposition as only two countries; Kenya and Uganda have sent representatives in the female category to join the 6 female Egyptians participating in the event.
Uganda Chess Federation President, Vianney Luggya is the current President of Zone 4.2 which comprises of nine countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Seychelles, Burundi, Egypt and Uganda.

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