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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.
 
PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00

CAA SPONSORS 11.3 M RWABUSHENYI MEMORIAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

 
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.

 
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